Weekly Review Round-up
This week was fairly productive. We received a total of six reviews and a feature in Anandtech’s Holiday 2010 System Builder’s Guide.
An extra cord is never a bad idea, but is even better when it contends to replace the original itself. With a compact size, extra USB power port, and modular interface, the Cooler Master USNA 95 does just that. Completing the package with
features such as the smart LED that color-indicates when power is on and when a charge is active. Its no surprise that this adapter is being flooded with awards.
- Distinctive look
- Robust, easily installed mounting solution
- Good cooling
- PWM fan (with Y-adapter to add another)
- Rich feature set
- May have clearance issues
Cooler Master has taken many elements of their other HAF cases and improved upon them. The inclusion of a removable rotatable HDD rack is important as you have many options with regards to long video cards and 2.5” drive racks that you wouldn’t have without. The inclusion of two fans is not a negative as this case is designed for someone wanting their own flair and suggestions for cooling in their case. The case has the room inside for six separate fans including two 200mm fans if need be, indeed offering High Air Flow for those that don’t mind spending money on extra fans. This case has a price of $60, making it a viable inexpensive case with some high-end features that has the expansion and room to make it a better case.
At $200, the HAF is priced competitively given its feature set. It’s neither the roomiest nor the most polished case, but the High Air Flow moniker is well-deserved, and we appreciate the forward-thinking additions Cooler Master has made.
Power Fort 5.5Whr
The Choiix Power Fort 5.5 Whr has four world-class safeguards built into its slim and extremely light weight body that are used to avoid damage to the battery. It also has a modern, streamlined design which easily fits into your pocket. The Power Fort does a great job for what it was intended to do and the small size is a huge plus because it will make it extremely easy to take with you while you are on-the-go.
The amazingly simple, user-friendly design of the Power Fort is another good reason to keep it with you. You do not have to worry about tons of wires or adapters, all you need is one. If you are looking for a portable USB charging device that doesn’t take up a ton of room, the Choiix Power Fort should make the top of your list.
The Choiix Power Fort receives the TechREACTION.net Gold Silicon Award!
The Cooler Master Storm SF-19 Strike Force laptop cooler is what you need if you have a sizzling hot gaming laptop that requires just a bit more airflow underneath it. With a duo of rather large 140 mm fans capable of running between 1200 to 2600 RPM, it moves a rather good amount of air, as well as accommodating up to 19″ laptops help gamers get the most out of what they are playing. As the icing on the cake, Cooler Master’s SF-19 also has a built in USB 3.0 hub to accommodate all your peripherals and accessories while docked, along with some multi-color LED lights to wooo your friends. Unfortunately, in the middle of all that awesomeness, you discover that this monster is really not intended for traveling to any extent. It is big, it is bad (In a good way), and it will definitely not fit into your school backpack if you want to lug it to a friend’s house on a weekend to play some Counter-Strike after school. Cooler Master’s Storm SF-19 Strike Force is really meant to stay in your house — and if we’re talking about transporting it, what most people actually means is moving it to the desk next to them. On the positive side, even if it gets stuck in your house, at least you know you have some flashy LED lights to show off when your friends come over for a LAN party, haha. Its black color gives it an extra kick in style on top of the flashy LED lights. All in all, when it comes around the most important feature of any cooler, especially in the case of CM Storm’s SF-19 Strike Force, is that it is able to bring down temperatures of any laptop — especially big and hot running 19″ units. And in that context, Cooler Master has done a spectacular job in making the SF-19 Strike Force for what it is.
Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.7/10
The Cooler Master Storm SF-19 Strike Force is one heck of a massive cooler with dual 140 mm fans to bring lots of airflow under hot running gaming laptops.
Dustin’s AMD Pure Budget System
I’ve been very happy with the Cooler Master Elite 360 and have used it on a few builds; in fact, I actually have one in my house for my media center PC. The Elite 360 isn’t built for big, power-hungry builds, but it’s usually cool and quiet enough for even a decent gaming machine provided you opt for a video card that will fit in the enclosure