Antec 300 Review

Why use the Antec 300 Chassis for your Next PC?

antec 300The Antec 300, might not be the most exciting component of the super, Core i7 System my son and I built last week, but it is the most noticeable and works well with the OCZ Power Supply. The Antec 300 Case stands 18″ tall, weighs 16lbs and is made from quality, black steal. To be more specific:

Chassis Details

The Antec 300 is 18.30″ deep x 8.10″ wide x 18.00″ high and weighs 15.9lbs. It comes with 2 huge fans: 1ea 120MM in the rear and 1ea 140MM for the top. The top fan includes a speed setting switch: Low, Medium and High. At the medium setting, the Antec chassis, combined with the OCZ Modular Power Supply, runs fairly quietly. The Antec 300 doesn’t come with any cool glass on the sides or flourescent lights and cabling inside. If that’s important to you, you can buy those separately. As it comes out of the box, the Antec 300, is a rugged looking business class machine that probably won’t be mistaken for some high school kid’s gaming computer. antec 300 inside caseDon’t get me wrong, it’s more than capable of playing that role if that’s how you want to use it, but the Antec 300 is probably more practical than it is good-looking. While the Antec 300 is a genuinely a Mid-Tower ATX Case, it will easily accommodate Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards as well as ATX. The Antec 300 has plenty of expansion room: 3ea: 5.25″ Bays, 6ea: 3.5″ Bays and 7 expansion slots. The power supply mounts on the bottom in a smart way so that there is plenty of room for peripherals. USB and Audio ports are conveniently located at the top of the chassis where they can be easily seen and accessed. That’s the Antec 300 in a nutshell. I think what I like the most about this chassis is it’s large size and easy access. Both side panels slide on and off like a hot knife through butter. One of my pet peeves with other computer chassis is how difficult it can be to simply take off a side panel. The drives simply use screws to fasten inside the chassis, without the need for some kind of silly mechanism or obscure hardware to fastent them. And speaking of screws, the Antec 300 comes with more than you’ll ever need. I really love having the access to the USB and audio ports on top. I feel very confident that the computer stays cool housed inside the Antec 300 and it runs noticeably cooler than my son’s old P4 Dinosaur in its old CasEdge case. If that’s not enough to like, the Antec 300 comes with a 3 year warranty as opposed to the 1 Year on most 3rd Party computer components. This tells me that the fans inside the Antec 300 are probably excellent quality and should hold up well for the next few years.

At a popular online computer retailer, I found over 2500 hundred user reviews. 96% of these users rated the Antec 300 chassis 4 stars or better. That’s quite an endorsement for a computer chassis. I think the Antec 300 is the perfect match for the OCZ 600W Modular power supply.

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OCZ Modxstream Pro 600W Power Supply Review

OCZ Modxstream Pro 600w
Modular Power Supply

If an OCZ Modxstream Pro 600W power supply doesn’t get you excited, then you probably haven’t upgraded your computer system in a while. Last weekend, I assembled a fairly high-end,  gaming computer system with my son’s graduation money. Don’t worry, it was his choice. I decided to do a component-by-component review of the entire system, beginning with the Asus VE247H reviewed and posted yesterday. The OCZ Modxstream 600 is a fairly significant part of what makes my son’s Core i7 performance system special.
Why buy the Modular Power Supply?

OCZ Pro 600W Reviewed

The term modular means that the power supply isn’t hard-wired to a bunch of power cables. The OCZ Modxstream comes neatly packaged with only the cables required to plug into the motherboard. The remaining 4-Pin and SATA Power cables are packaged separately so you only use the cables you need. More than enough cables are included with the Modxstream Pro 600W. The result is a much cleaner system, without all of the clutter and extraneous wires running all over your motherboard. Of course, being tidy is one thing, but what does the OCZ 600 Watt power provide for a high performance system? Power.

Power Specifications

High performance graphics cards are the main reason gamers, Cad designers and other computer rendering users require bigger and better power supplies. Beware of the wattage ratings on power supplies. Graphics cards power supply requirements are often more specific than the overall wattage of a power supply. The Nvidia GTS-450 Graphics card, for example, called for a 500 Watt power supply with at least 22amps on one of its 12-volt rails. The OCZ 600 has that…and if you’re worried that 600W is not enough, OCZ makes these babies in 700W, up to 1200 Watts.  Look into these OCZ Modular Power Supplies when you build your next quality system. I couldn’t be happier about the overall quiet performance and design of OZC high-performance power supplies.

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Asus VH242H Review

asus vh242h review
VH242H

While this is certainly not the first Asus VH242H review it is very likely to be the last. It’s been nearly two years since the first ASUS VH242H review was posted, yet people are still asking about the product and looking for ratings. Let’s clear up some confusion: First of all, computer monitor models are changing nearly as quickly as we change our socks in the morning. Even the slightest revision results in a model # change. There is a very good reason people are still looking for an Asus VH242H review. It is a very highly rated 23.6″ monitor and one of the first of its kind and size to be sold for under $250. There is another reason for the change: TheVH242H is an LCD Monitor, not an LED. Most LCD technology is leaning towards the flatter, brighter displays of the new LED screens and the Asus VH242H review is no exception. That’s not to say the ol’ Asus VH242H is a dog. Even by today’s standard, most computer users would be very happy to have this well-made, bright looking display on their desktops. Don’t be saddened by its demise. The end of the VH242H era means a new rainbow is on the horizon.

There is a new kid in town and it’s the direct, LED replacement for the Asus VH242H. I have some very positive, first-hand experience to report on this new LED Replacement for an old standby. First off, let’s go over the basics: The VE247H is a 23.6″ LED monitor with 2MS Refresh Rate, HDMI, DVI and VGA Connections, .272 Dot Pitch, an impressive 300 cd/m2 brightness rating and 2 Speakers. All very updated specs, but how does the Asus VE247H Perform:

Asus VE247H vs VH242H Review

asus ve247h reviewI pulled the VE247H out of the box and easily connected the mounting stand in less than 2 minutes, then connected it to my desktop’s DVI-D Display. After booting into windows the first time, the brightness of the VE247H is noticeably superior to the display of the VH24H. For some reason, the size of the screen on the VE247H isn’t as flat as many of the other 22 to 24″ LED Displays I’ve tested. This is not an issue: The unit still weighs less than other LCD Displays and will not take up any more noticeable space on your desktop than the ultra thin LED’s. The crispness and details of the text and graphics on this display are far superior to what we’ve seen in this review. One other great benefit of the Asus VE247H LED Monitor: You actually get adequate, adjustable stereo sound from the monitor’s built-in speakers!. For a price around $200.00, you will gladly say good-bye to the old one you were looking for. Look for great deals on the Asus VE247H LED Monitor, though you may still see some Vh242h selling for around the same cost.

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Equus Computer Systems and Nobilis Computers

Equus Computer Systems
Nobilis Desktops

If you’re searching the web for reviews on Equus Computer Systems or Nobilis Computers, you’ve obviously been told the good news: There are more Technology Choices out there than just Dell, IBM and HP. So, who is Equus and why haven’t more people heard about Nobilis Computers?

Equus Computer Systems Sells Nobilis Computers

Equus Computer Systems is a white box computer manufacturer and Nobilis Computers is its product brand. So, you ask, “What is a white box computer?” White box brand computers are made for distribution by a variety of computer consultants, resellers and VARs. Unlike Dell, HP or IBM, the White Box brand is not sold directly to the consumer. You will not find Nobilis Computers at your local discount store like Best Buy or from an online catalog or electronics merchants like New Egg or Tiger Direct.   Equus Computer Systems has been in business for 22 years selling high-quality, certified Nobilis Computers to a valued network of resellers whose main business purpose is providing technology solutions and services to business clients. When you buy Nobilis computers you become a valued client of the Equus high-service, dealer network. Service is one thing, but how does the quality of Nobilis computers compare with the tier-1 name-brand competition?

Nobilis Computer Systems Build Quality

Nobilis ComputersThe Equus Computer Systems successful business model is based on providing quality hardware and superior service to its expansive U.S dealer network. Intel-based Nobilis computer systems use genuine Intel components, including the motherboard; the heart and soul of any computer system.  Since Equus dealers rely on consistency for servicing their customers, Nobilis components cannot change from one day to the next. Despite popular opinion, the Dells, HP’s and IBM’s rarely use genuine Intel motherboards in their Intel-based configurations and the specifications can sometimes change on a weekly basis, regardless of motherboard manufacturer. The key to a successful white box product line is quality and consistency; two categories where the tier-1 providers fall short every time. Equus Computer Systems stays on the leading edge, providing a wide variety of computers including desktops, workstations, servers, storage products, notebooks, netbooks, slates and components. You don’t have to belong to a business to buy Nobilis Computers. The Equus Computer Systems dealer network spans the nation with capable consultants willing to provide you with the same benefits of Nobilis Computers enjoyed by many small, medium and large businesses in the U.S.

Where to Buy Nobilis Computers by Equus Computer Systems

Rocky Mountains City State Telephone
PC Assist Lakewood CO 303-274-5410
Rocky Mountain Computer Systems Greeley CO 970-395-0720
DCNC, Inc Denver CO 303-920-9472
Mr Wizard Computers Billings MT 406-656-9609
Nibbles & Bytes Rawlins  WY 307-324-5050
       
Mid West      
Bi-State Solutions Rockford IL 815-395-1234
Prairie Wind PC Cook NE 308-345-6322
       
Southwest      
Computer Support Group Phoenix AZ 602-266-1121
LeeShanok Tucson AZ 520-888-9122
On-Site Technical Services Phoenix AZ 623-203-9329
Computer Consultants Demming NM 505-546-7210
       
East      
Future POS Cutting Edge  Butler PA 724-285-3636
PSI Andover ME 207-392-3211
       
South / Southeast      
NetDirective Rockledge FL 321-205-1830
Hoffman Associates Broken Arrow OK 918-682-8174

If you don’t see a computer dealer in your area, visit Equus Computer Systems

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iPad 2 Specs

How do the iPad 2 Specs compare to a Windows 7 Slate?

iPad 2 Specs
iPad 2 Tablet

Are you looking for a personal tablet and wondering how the newest Windows 7 Slate compares to the iPad 2 Specs, feature for feature? Let’s face it: When it comes to hand held consumer devices like cell phones, MP3 Players and computer tablets, Apple has consistently beat the competition with the coolest, innovative and most highly desired products.  Besides the slick, attractive interface of Apple products, there is that great feeling of liberation when you feel when you realize that you are no longer tied down a windows operating system. You can become amazing productive with an iPhone or iPad for doing just about anything you need to do including emailing, facebooking, facetime, twittering, surfing, photography, tasking, organizing, gaming, etc, etc. – you name it, and it can probably be done on the latest iPad model. The latest iPad 2 Specs and features have made Apple’s latest tablet so strong that one wonders if a Windows will ever be necessary again. Yet, the business world is not quite ready to get away from Windows. Now, that the new Windows 7 Slate products have arrived, how do they compare to the Apple iPad 2. Before we can answer that question, let’s compare the specs of both products.

But before we do, let’s keep one thing in mind: Looking at a web page or sheet of paper listing the specs of the iPad is not likely to get a whole lot of people too excited about the product. Apple products are something you have to see, hold in your hands and play with, before you can truly appreciate their power, simplicity and productive capabilities. The iPad 2 is no exception. Though they are nothing to be ashamed of, they are not what sets the product apart from competitive netbooks, slates and windows 7 slate and/or PC tablet products. With that said, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Here is what is on the inside and outside of an Apple iPad 2:

Apple iPad 2 Specs

    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and 3G
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
    • 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 Low Power Chip
    • 16/32/64 GB SSD Drive Options
    • Camera and HD Video of up to 720P with 30 FPS
    • Built-in Speaker, Mic Connector and Dock
    • Weighs only 1.3 lbs and is just over 1/3rd of an Inch Thick
    • 9.7 Inch Screen with 1024 x 768 Resolution
    • Up to 10 hours Battery Life
    • Thee-Axis Gyro, Digital Compass and Ambient Light Sensors

 

Impressive – so, how does a Windows 7 Slate compare?

Windows 7 Slate Specs

(Brand X Specsof one of the Best Windows 7 Slate Products Available)

    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)11.6″ LCD Touchscreen1366 x 768 ResolutionAtom N450 1.6
    • Processor
    • 2GB Memory
    • 32GB SSD Drive
    • 1.3MP Camera
    • Weighs 2.2lbs and is a little more than 1/2″ thick
    • Up to 4 Hours Battery Life
    • SDHC Port
    • 2 USB Ports / Docking Station Option
    • G-sensor built-in for automatic display orientation (3-axis sensing)
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Technology
    • Windows 7 Premium, Pro or Ultimate Operating System
    • Built-in Speaker (1.5W) x2 , Mic x1

Less is More than the Windows 7 Slate?

Windows 7 Slate
11.6″ Slate

From a hardware and processing standpoint, the iPad 2 Specs might not seem overly impressive. In fact, the Apple iPad 2 has a slower processor, lower memory, lower screen resolution and is incapable of running windows applications. One of the big complaints from Windows users about Apple mobile devices is that they are incapable of playing flash player videos. On the other hand, the iPad 2 doesn’t need to be as fast as a Windows-7 Slate. Why? Well, because it doesn’t run windows. Windows has gotten bigger and bloatier with every new release, requiring more horsepower from the computers, notebooks, netbooks, tablets and slates people use to run them on these days. A windows-based computer device that has to be small, portable, light and energy efficient is at a disadvantage by virtue of the fact it has to run a very memory and processor intensive operating system. On the other hand, if all of your applications and needs are on windows-based desktops and laptops, the latest Windows 7 Slate will likely serve more useful to you than the latest iPad 2 specs and features.

iPad Apps vs Windows Apps

If you don’t need Windows, the iPad 2 will save you a fortune on apps. And who can deny that there are some incredible, fun and useful iPhone and iPad applications. While no one can doubt, the iPad 2 tops the list of all slates for it’s ultra-thin, high-tech sleek design, this latest Windows 7 Slate, is no slouch when it comes to the cool-factor. The iPad 2 specs go beyond what’s required of your typical windows user, but lacks Windows. The Windows 7 slate not only runs windows, but is plenty powerful enough to run all of the applications that go with it; Office 2010, Adobe Illustrator, PDF Writer, Flashplayer, etc.  If all you need is a book reader, internet surf, play games, banking, utilities, etc., you’ll be happy with the iPad 2 Specs. If you need to the productivity of Windows Applications, then the new Windows 7 Slate is for you. If you’re an iPhone 4 user and you want something thinner, lighter in an Apple Tablet for roughly the same price or less than an Android, then the specs of the iPad 2 are virtually meaningless.

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