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Fractal Design Define R4 PC Case - Black/Pearl
Fractal Design Define R4 PC Case - Black/Pearl
Price: £77.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, quiet, and spacious, 9 Sep 2013
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I bought this case for a development machine for work. First off, the case is really really big--if you're planning on hiding this in a corner, it won't work. This is definitely more of a specialist case for someone that wants lots of room. This means, however, that there's tons of space. There 9 3.5" hard drive bays (compatible with 2.5" SSDs as well, but not tool-less for either) and two optical drive bays at the top. Only need 2 drives? That's fine--6 of the hard drive bays easily remove to allow for better airflow. Speaking of airflow, the case comes with 2 140mm fans, one in the front and one in the back. It has space for a LOT more, too. All case fan ports support either 120mm or 140mm fans. The front fans are tool-less for 140mm only, however. Easily removable dust filters are included for the front fans and bottom fans.

This case is very, very quiet. When I turned it on the first time, the ambient noise completely blocked the case running with 3x 140mm fan (one on the CPU, one in the front, one in the back). Since then, I've added another 140mm to the front, and the noise is still barely audible. The case includes an onboard fan controller on the front that controls up to 3 fans, allowing you to modify the voltage to either 12v, 7v, or 5v. When I set the fans to 7, I can't hear a thing. I usually keep it at 12 due to the general quietness of the case. Unused fan spaces are covered with a noise-dampening foam. The front cover is also covered with foam.

The case looks great, too--very minimalist. A windowed side panel is available for separate purchase.

Overall, this isn't a case for grandma. But if you want a quiet case for a powerful PC, and you need a lot of storage space, you can't go wrong with this one.


AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard Black US QWERTY Layout
AmazonBasics Wired Keyboard Black US QWERTY Layout
Price: £11.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic keyboard, 9 Sep 2013
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I've gotten used to a lot of things after moving to the UK, but the keyboard layout isn't one of them. This keyboard is a solid budget keyboard that provides a US layout. It has the standard multimedia keys you'd want--fast-forward, rewind, stop, play/pause--available by using the Fn key, plus volume controls, a "Videos" key that, on Windows 8, brings up Windows Media Player, and a My Computer key. Overall, though, the extra keys are fairly sparse--not a problem for me as I don't use them much anyway.

Rather than "standable feet", this keyboard has a permanent lip on the back to prop it up a bit. That said, it feels fairly flat. If you usually type with the feet out, this one may not satisfy you.

The construction quality feels solid. The keys are comfortable and seem well-built. The keyboard itself is lightweight and thin.

As long as you're comfortable typing on a very basic keyboard, this one is a good choice--especially if you're an expat American.


AmazonBasics HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable 9.8 Feet / 3.0 m
AmazonBasics HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable 9.8 Feet / 3.0 m
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars It gets signal from A to B, 9 Sep 2013
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I don't really know what I can say about a cable. It gets signal from Point A to Point B, and the price is reasonable.

Don't be tempted by other companies selling gold-plated cables at extortionate prices. HDMI uses a digital signal, meaning that signal loss doesn't really occur in the same way as an analog cable. Either the signal arrives or it doesn't. In my case, it arrives just fine in my dual-monitor setup.

Hooking this up to your TV may cause some resolution funkiness, but that has absolutely nothing to do with this cable, it's an issue with the TV or computer.

Long story short, this cable works and is cheap. That's pretty much all I need from a string of metal, so five stars from me.


AmazonBasics 3-Button USB Wired Mouse Black
AmazonBasics 3-Button USB Wired Mouse Black
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very decent mouse, if a bit small, 9 Sep 2013
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The AmazonBasics mouse lives up to its name. It's a great basic mouse for a new computer if you're on a budget or a casual user. It does feel a bit small in the hand, but it's certainly larger than a laptop mouse. For less than £5, though, the price is definitely right. The surface feels really nice, not like the standard shiny-plastic of most budget mice. The top is a soft, rubbery matte finish that feels comfortable on the hands. The simplicity of the design--2 buttons and a scroll wheel--is a plus, as it does not require any drivers. Installation couldn't be easier; plug it into a USB port and start clicking.

Overall, like the rest of the AmazonBasics line, this mouse is a lot of value for not a lot of money, and if you want a decent mouse, don't require a lot of extra buttons, and have small to medium sized hands, there's no reason not to get this mouse.


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