Month: November 2016

NZXT S340 Review

NZXT S340 Review

Summary


The NZXT S340 is what could be called the holy grail of PC cases. From the looks to the really competitive price tag, you could possibly see why. At the time of release, side panel windows were only just becoming a thing, however the side panel isn’t tempered glass, so you can easily scratch the window with even your nails. There is ample cable management, which is really needed if you want to show off your parts through the side panel. This is my first time going into PC building, and I strongly believe this case has made building it much easier. Aesthetics is quite clearly the name of the game here.

Design

Firstly, before I jump to aesthetics, the stand off screws for the motherboard are already inserted, so all you have to do is match it up and screw in the included case screws. The case is surrounded by thumb screws, making it more convenient not needing a screwdriver if you want to take off the side panel or back panel. The power supply is cleanly covered by a shroud, making cable management much easier, as you can leave your cables there instead of having them on display.

On the top there is a 120mm exhaust fan, which I found to be not necessary since I am only running an i3 6300. You will find 2 USB 3.0 ports, along with microphone, HDD LED, and 3.5mm headphone jack, the latter of which is becoming very rare. The side panel, is beautifully put in place, but it is a shame it is not made of tempered glass. There aren’t any rubber grommets, so instead there is a metal plate for routing cables to the back, which I personally prefer. This is aesthetically pleasing, with a steel white not picking up fingerprints. There is no reset switch, for those that are wondering.

Availability And Specifications

The S340 by NZXT is available at a very budget friendly price of £60/$95. You can easily purchase them from Amazon here:

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2gu4nAM
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2fIRUry

The specifications are obviously quite important when it comes to buying a PC case, so I’m just going to note that the height listed is a centimetre or so above the listed specification:

Item Weight 7 Kg
Product Dimensions 44.5 x 20 x 43.2 cm
Item model number CA-S340W-W1
Series CA-S340W-W1
Color White
Form Factor ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Top class aesthetics
  • Nice side panel window
  • Ample cable management
  • Included fans
  • Power supply shroud
  • SSD’s are visible
  • Thumb screws are included

Cons

  • The side panel scratches really easily
  • The PSU dust filter isn’t magnetic, so the end hangs off

Conclusion

With the NZXT S340, I cannot stress how much you are getting for your money. Aesthetically, this challenges cases from even today, and this was the case that started the side panel trend. I would undoubtedly recommend this case for uyou if your looking for a solid case under the £60 price range. If you don’t plan to remove the side panel all of the time, then the acrylic side panel shouldn’t be an issue to you. NZXT have done a great job with this case.

 

 

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Omoton iPhone SE Case Review

Omoton iPhone SE Case Review

Summary


Omoton kindly sent this case out for me to honestly review. Unboxing this product, there is relatively nothing to it. The case can be taken off with relative ease, however on the top the phone, there is a gap where the case doesn’t touch the top edge of the phone (look at images). This hasn’t affected my usage though. The edges of the case are in a rose gold colour, but they appear more to be bronze than rose gold. At the back of the case there is a transparent plastic to show off the iPhone SE’s design.

In the Box

As you open the packaging, you find the screen protector along with the 2 pack tempered glass screen protector, which I will be reviewing separately. The screen protector as you can see was originally designed for the iPhone 5, but obviously can fit onto the 5s, and SE. It’s a shame there really isn’t no box for the screen protector, but for £6.99 for the whole package, you shouldn’t dare to complain.img_0284

Testing

In my week of usage, I found that there was much to complain about unfortunately, despite it’s beautiful design. The button’s required a little more force than without the case, and didn’t give the satisfying feedback that you usually get when you press the iPhone buttons. At the top of the phone, I found that the case didn’t actually touch the top edge of the phone properly. This hopefully is just a problem for just me, and not a reoccurring problem with other customers. Asides from that, all of the ports function as you would want them to, with 3rd party headphones fitting in fine.

Availability And Specifications

The Omoton iPhone SE screen protector and case bundle is available off Amazon in Rose Gold and Space Grey for £6.99 but is only available in the UK. You can purchase them from here:

Amazon (UK Only): http://amzn.to/2gvDEmH

The specifications of the product as always can be found below:

  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 9.8 x 3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
  • For: iPhone 5/5s/SE

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Fantastic value for money
  • Stylish
  • Transparent back cover
  • Ports function as usual

Cons

  • The case doesn’t fit on the top edge
  • Buttons are a bit mushy to press

Final Verdict

I cannot stress enough how much you are getting by paying just £6.99. You get a stylish case, with two tempered glass protectors. All those added up in value would have cost upward of £20 if it came from a more known company such as Anker. However, the drawbacks I found while using this case means I can’t fully recommend it to you. The case has much room for improvement, and you can find out about the screen protectors when I release the review.

Verbatim Wireless Mouse Review

Verbatim Wireless Mouse Review

Summary


Verbatim’s attempt at a mouse is what has been my driver for the past two years. And I haven’t had to change the battery out. Back then, I mainly purchased things through shops, in this case at the airport for £18. I wasn’t expecting much out of this mouse, although arguably, I never found a good enough reason to upgrade. The mouse works perfectly, only if it is on a mouse mat though, as the product doesn’t like to respond on hard surfaces.

Battery Life

Throughout the time I have been using this mouse, I haven’t had to replace the AA batteries once. However, take note that I always switch the mouse off after use. In terms of sensitivity, there has been no noticeable deterioration in the Verbatim’s sensitivity. So if you were to constantly leave the mouse in, you should expect around more than a few months. I would recommend that you turn the mouse off after use, to prolong battery life.

Design

The design of the mouse is relatively ergonomic. However, don’t expect it to suit you if you have huge hands. The mouse is designed ambidextrously, so if you’re a lefty, there’s no problem there. The mouse scrolls well and connects via a dongle which you plug into any USB port on your PC.  The mouse is very small, which is perfect for to use as a travel mouse.On the bottom of the mouse you can turn the mouse on or off, and a small groove to remove the AAA batteries.

Availability And Specifications

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this mouse absolutely anywhere, so I’ll link some options that you may like if you would really like to buy this mouse.

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2fC5Fvo
http://amzn.to/2grOlXd

Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2gJVNRZ

The specifications cannot be found anywhere on the internet, which is a rare disappointment.

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Great battery life
  • Compact form factor
  • Great for travel
  • Relatively ergonomic
  • Ambidextrous

Cons

  • Doesn’t work on hard surface
  • You can’t find this mouse anywhere at the moment

Final Verdict

I would highly recommend a mouse similar to this due to it’s amazing form factor and affordability. The battery life is exceptional, and is ambidextrous for leftys. The gloss on the top however doesn’t attract noticeable fingerprints, and as you won’t be looking at it, fingerprints shouldn’t be an issue. What is an absolute shame is that you as the customer won’t be able to purchase this.

 

Samsung T24E390 Monitor Review

Samsung T24E390 Monitor Review

Summary


This Monitor/TV is what has been driving the pixels across IdealReviews, and for the past year, has performed outstandingly. Coming in at 24″ and in 1080p, this monitor isn’t the clearest of monitors, however it comes in at just £150. The monitor has really small bezels,  which really make the monitor provide more of an immersive experience. It has a refresh rate of 60Hz, which should be enough for regular tasks, but if you plan to game with this monitor, then I suggest you look elsewhere.

Ports And Design

At the back of the monitor you will find 2 HDMI ports, along with a VGA port and display port. What you may be disappointed about is the HDMI ports facing the wall, meaning if you plan on using a Chromecast (Original), you can’t wall mount the monitor and will have to stick with the built in stand which can be a dealbreaker for some people. You also get component, and your 12V power port.

As soon as you approach the T24E390, you notice that the panel itself is angled in slightly, making the bezels seem almost non-existent. This is really innovative on Samsung’s part, as it provides more of an immersive experience as said before. The edges of the panel are are unfortunately glossy, so fingerprints are inevitable.

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Availability And Specifications

This monitor is available from Amazon in both UK and US, you can purchase the product for £150/$219 here:

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2gBGDy7 Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2f7dQRu

The specifications for the product can be found here:

tem Weight 3.5 Kg
Product Dimensions 18.2 x 62.6 x 40.9 cm
Item model number S24E390
Series S24E390
Color Black
Screen Size 24 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Maximum Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Audio Details 1
Connectivity Type No
Number of HDMI Ports 1
Number of VGA Ports 1
Wattage 21 watts

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Mindblowingly small bezels
  • The I/O is good
  • Angled Design
  • IPS Display

Cons

  • Glossy chassis
  • The ports are facing the wall

Final Verdict

In all honesty, overall this monitor provides what I need, a decent display with Good I/O for connectivity. I would definitely recommend to someone who wants a good immersive experience at under 150.