Hardware Discussion General

  • malmon 01-07-2020, 03:03 PM
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~
  • Backlash 01-07-2020, 03:29 PM
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c
  • malmon 01-07-2020, 04:24 PM
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.
  • Backlash 01-07-2020, 05:01 PM (Edited 01-07-2020, 05:03 PM)
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
  • malmon 01-07-2020, 05:24 PM
    I guess I just fancy a change~ And I like the clean look.

    230mm? That's an odd size. Good thing you spotted that beforehand!

    Though no more extravagant purchases for me until I get a house... or I cave and get a new car, for which my mum would probably murder me~
  • Loko 01-07-2020, 10:43 PM
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^

    E-reader for manga? Do go on, I am interested.


    In the meantime, it's that time of year again: CES! Anyone spot anything particularly interesting so far? One thing that's caught my eye is Dell's little Nintendo Switch sized gaming PC. Granted, I'm disappointed that they're not sporting AMD's integrated Vega graphics, but it's a start, because that thing looks pretty dang cool.
  • Backlash 01-08-2020, 09:47 AM
    (01-07-2020, 10:43 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^

    E-reader for manga? Do go on, I am interested.


    In the meantime, it's that time of year again: CES! Anyone spot anything particularly interesting so far? One thing that's caught my eye is Dell's little Nintendo Switch sized gaming PC. Granted, I'm disappointed that they're not sporting AMD's integrated Vega graphics, but it's a start, because that thing looks pretty dang cool.


    Nn, nnn! I ended up opting for the Kobo Forma since it's the largest in its family. The company's real nice about supporting users outside their ecosystem, so it supports third-party EPUBs, PDFs, CBZs, and even loose images like JPEGs; real important for scanlations. There's plenty of reviews floating around, but I'll post an update after I get it in the mail. c:
  • malmon 01-08-2020, 01:35 PM
    (01-08-2020, 09:47 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 10:43 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^

    E-reader for manga? Do go on, I am interested.


    In the meantime, it's that time of year again: CES! Anyone spot anything particularly interesting so far? One thing that's caught my eye is Dell's little Nintendo Switch sized gaming PC. Granted, I'm disappointed that they're not sporting AMD's integrated Vega graphics, but it's a start, because that thing looks pretty dang cool.


    Nn, nnn! I ended up opting for the Kobo Forma since it's the largest in its family. The company's real nice about supporting users outside their ecosystem, so it supports third-party EPUBs, PDFs, CBZs, and even loose images like JPEGs; real important for scanlations. There's plenty of reviews floating around, but I'll post an update after I get it in the mail. c:


    I've never had an e-reader, though I really love e-ink displays! I've kinda been sitting on an idea to make a sort of laptop thing with an e-ink display, but the large ones are kinda expensive.
  • Backlash 01-10-2020, 12:33 AM (Edited 01-10-2020, 05:05 PM)
    (01-08-2020, 01:35 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-08-2020, 09:47 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 10:43 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^

    E-reader for manga? Do go on, I am interested.


    In the meantime, it's that time of year again: CES! Anyone spot anything particularly interesting so far? One thing that's caught my eye is Dell's little Nintendo Switch sized gaming PC. Granted, I'm disappointed that they're not sporting AMD's integrated Vega graphics, but it's a start, because that thing looks pretty dang cool.


    Nn, nnn! I ended up opting for the Kobo Forma since it's the largest in its family. The company's real nice about supporting users outside their ecosystem, so it supports third-party EPUBs, PDFs, CBZs, and even loose images like JPEGs; real important for scanlations. There's plenty of reviews floating around, but I'll post an update after I get it in the mail. c:


    I've never had an e-reader, though I really love e-ink displays! I've kinda been sitting on an idea to make a sort of laptop thing with an e-ink display, but the large ones are kinda expensive.


    They're honestly super-cool! It's a pity they aren't cheaper to manufacture; I'd love a screen that hung from a wall or, say, was built into my fridge, and gave me a checklist and calendar linked to my NextCloud account.

    Also, little update regarding the HAF X: Apparently an NF-A20 will fit well into the two 230mm fan mounts out of the box. Ironically enough though, they will not fit the 200-mil mounts at the top of the chassis, as the plastic only allows Cooler Master's fans to fit. I've ordered a pair of "silent" 200-mils from CM to see just how quiet they are. If I like 'em, I might order the case with my next paycheck.

    Sadly, it ended up sold out by this afternoon. Ah well, that's fine. I'd get a lot more airflow with a Phanteks Enthoo Primo, and that's what really counts.
  • Backlash 01-15-2020, 12:43 AM
    (01-07-2020, 10:43 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^

    E-reader for manga? Do go on, I am interested.


    Alright, so I finally managed to get the reader I ordered. Specifically, a Kobo Forma like I said. I say "finally" because the process wasn't entirely painless: They needed a signature to give it to me, and the UPS website wouldn't let me pick a time. So instead I had to contact UPS support via email (Gah.), drive over to a distribution center (luckily just twenty minutes away), and then, finally, I could spend the last hour of work playing with it and stuff.

    So, first impressions? For some reason, I expected something a bit bigger, around an iPad's size. That said, it's roughly the same width as a standard page of manga, with a height of just under an inch less. It's also much, much lighter than any manga I've ever owned, especially this thicc copy of Yotsuba& I had sitting in my backpack.

    [Image: 6QXzU1r.jpg]


    [Image: a2u4mO8.jpg]


    As you'd expect, the typical e-reader features are here: You have a brightness slider, a touchscreen, and a Micro-USB port. Some of the more premium features include a color temperature slider, rocker buttons (admittedly mushy, but serviceable), and a web browser, although it's hidden in the Settings menu with a disclaimer that it's in beta. One rather cool thing is that the initial instructions actually came pre-printed on screen before I'd powered it on. It's a nice touch, tells me they made this product with care, as does how it slightly contours into your hand.

    The contrast is overall very good. The e-ink is just slightly translucent, probably so you don't burn your eyes out trying to see fine details. But of course, if you want to burn your eyes out, the option is there.

    [Image: SOqMDPR.jpg]


    As for color temps, the reader does a fine job adjusting the backlight after sunset, and the nonbacklit surface is a close imitation the paper they print mangas on. Aside from the image above, all these photos were taken in a well-lit space with no backlight at all.

    Moving into the reading experience, it's got a few things that make it appealing to readers of manga. Probably the most important is the ability to preview a page before you turn to it. I don't know if this is standard, but it's certainly better than guessing from a list of numbers on, say, MangaFox. Another neat touch is how it needs you to page left to proceed in a manga. It's something I honestly didn't expect, though, it's possibly limited to just first-party volumes.

    [Image: jpS79bt.jpg]


    Luckily, the Kobo store is stacked with different manga and even light novels; essentially anything you'd expect to be released in English. They're probably taking notes from Amazon, but the selection seems comparable. Prices, too. All in all Loko-san, I'd reckon it's great for manga, and whatever else you wanna read.
  • malmon 01-15-2020, 04:21 AM
    Oh wow that looks cool!

    Only thing that would bother me is the glossiness of the screen, but looking closer, that might be because the protective film is still on?
  • Backlash 01-15-2020, 07:57 AM
    (01-15-2020, 04:21 AM)malmon Wrote: Oh wow that looks cool!

    Only thing that would bother me is the glossiness of the screen, but looking closer, that might be because the protective film is still on?


    Sharp eye, yup. Thing cost a pretty penny, so I reckon I'll buy a screen protector later. >_<'
  • Kuri 01-22-2020, 08:43 PM
    Wow that looks awesome, I really should start reading manga on my tablet more. The tablet I have is the Samsung tab a s pen edition. I got it to practice drawing and to watch anime and such. On another note, I got some tools for electronics today! I have the ts100 soldering iron, in the future I'm going to build a drone :)
  • Loko 01-22-2020, 10:36 PM
    (01-15-2020, 12:43 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 10:43 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^

    E-reader for manga? Do go on, I am interested.


    Alright, so I finally managed to get the reader I ordered. Specifically, a Kobo Forma like I said. I say "finally" because the process wasn't entirely painless: They needed a signature to give it to me, and the UPS website wouldn't let me pick a time. So instead I had to contact UPS support via email (Gah.), drive over to a distribution center (luckily just twenty minutes away), and then, finally, I could spend the last hour of work playing with it and stuff.

    So, first impressions? For some reason, I expected something a bit bigger, around an iPad's size. That said, it's roughly the same width as a standard page of manga, with a height of just under an inch less. It's also much, much lighter than any manga I've ever owned, especially this thicc copy of Yotsuba& I had sitting in my backpack.

    [Image: 6QXzU1r.jpg]


    [Image: a2u4mO8.jpg]


    As you'd expect, the typical e-reader features are here: You have a brightness slider, a touchscreen, and a Micro-USB port. Some of the more premium features include a color temperature slider, rocker buttons (admittedly mushy, but serviceable), and a web browser, although it's hidden in the Settings menu with a disclaimer that it's in beta. One rather cool thing is that the initial instructions actually came pre-printed on screen before I'd powered it on. It's a nice touch, tells me they made this product with care, as does how it slightly contours into your hand.

    The contrast is overall very good. The e-ink is just slightly translucent, probably so you don't burn your eyes out trying to see fine details. But of course, if you want to burn your eyes out, the option is there.

    [Image: SOqMDPR.jpg]


    As for color temps, the reader does a fine job adjusting the backlight after sunset, and the nonbacklit surface is a close imitation the paper they print mangas on. Aside from the image above, all these photos were taken in a well-lit space with no backlight at all.

    Moving into the reading experience, it's got a few things that make it appealing to readers of manga. Probably the most important is the ability to preview a page before you turn to it. I don't know if this is standard, but it's certainly better than guessing from a list of numbers on, say, MangaFox. Another neat touch is how it needs you to page left to proceed in a manga. It's something I honestly didn't expect, though, it's possibly limited to just first-party volumes.

    [Image: jpS79bt.jpg]


    Luckily, the Kobo store is stacked with different manga and even light novels; essentially anything you'd expect to be released in English. They're probably taking notes from Amazon, but the selection seems comparable. Prices, too. All in all Loko-san, I'd reckon it's great for manga, and whatever else you wanna read.


    This is absolutely stunning! You've definitely showcased this e-reader well; I almost want to get one for myself! Maybe one day, when all is well again :)
    I hope you get a lot of use out of it for a long time!
  • Backlash 01-27-2020, 11:20 PM (Edited 01-27-2020, 11:22 PM)
    (01-22-2020, 10:36 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (01-15-2020, 12:43 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 10:43 PM)Loko Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^
    (01-07-2020, 05:01 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 04:24 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:29 PM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-07-2020, 02:15 PM)Backlash Wrote: Just nabbed something that's been on my wishlist for months now: A brand-new HAF X. Whereas the case I'm rockin' right now, the XB, is the only case I'll ever need, the X is more like the only case I'll ever want. I'm a huge fan of 2000's-era "gamer" aesthetics, probably because it reminds me of childhood, and the huge number of storage bays is perfect for a data hoarder like me. Only problem is, since it's so massive, I haven't the faintest where I'll put the damn thing. I'm sure I'll figure somethin' out. ^~^


    I remember those being quite popular! Quite the polar opposite of what I have sitting in its box in my room though~



    Fancy~. What're you rockin', Mal-kun? :3c


    Got a Dr. Ząber Sentry 2.0 waiting for parts ^_^ Probably won't get around to building until I at least have my own place though.


    Ho-ho, slimline! What made you depart from the typical mid-towers, cutie? Going for a more organic aesthetic?

    Also, I had to nix my order for the HAF X. I won't build a case unless it supports quiet fans, and sadly the 230-mils it sports have little in the way of aftermarket options. I reckon I'll just buy an E-reader for my manga instead. ^_^

    E-reader for manga? Do go on, I am interested.


    Alright, so I finally managed to get the reader I ordered. Specifically, a Kobo Forma like I said. I say "finally" because the process wasn't entirely painless: They needed a signature to give it to me, and the UPS website wouldn't let me pick a time. So instead I had to contact UPS support via email (Gah.), drive over to a distribution center (luckily just twenty minutes away), and then, finally, I could spend the last hour of work playing with it and stuff.

    So, first impressions? For some reason, I expected something a bit bigger, around an iPad's size. That said, it's roughly the same width as a standard page of manga, with a height of just under an inch less. It's also much, much lighter than any manga I've ever owned, especially this thicc copy of Yotsuba& I had sitting in my backpack.

    [Image: 6QXzU1r.jpg]


    [Image: a2u4mO8.jpg]


    As you'd expect, the typical e-reader features are here: You have a brightness slider, a touchscreen, and a Micro-USB port. Some of the more premium features include a color temperature slider, rocker buttons (admittedly mushy, but serviceable), and a web browser, although it's hidden in the Settings menu with a disclaimer that it's in beta. One rather cool thing is that the initial instructions actually came pre-printed on screen before I'd powered it on. It's a nice touch, tells me they made this product with care, as does how it slightly contours into your hand.

    The contrast is overall very good. The e-ink is just slightly translucent, probably so you don't burn your eyes out trying to see fine details. But of course, if you want to burn your eyes out, the option is there.

    [Image: SOqMDPR.jpg]


    As for color temps, the reader does a fine job adjusting the backlight after sunset, and the nonbacklit surface is a close imitation the paper they print mangas on. Aside from the image above, all these photos were taken in a well-lit space with no backlight at all.

    Moving into the reading experience, it's got a few things that make it appealing to readers of manga. Probably the most important is the ability to preview a page before you turn to it. I don't know if this is standard, but it's certainly better than guessing from a list of numbers on, say, MangaFox. Another neat touch is how it needs you to page left to proceed in a manga. It's something I honestly didn't expect, though, it's possibly limited to just first-party volumes.

    [Image: jpS79bt.jpg]


    Luckily, the Kobo store is stacked with different manga and even light novels; essentially anything you'd expect to be released in English. They're probably taking notes from Amazon, but the selection seems comparable. Prices, too. All in all Loko-san, I'd reckon it's great for manga, and whatever else you wanna read.


    This is absolutely stunning! You've definitely showcased this e-reader well; I almost want to get one for myself! Maybe one day, when all is well again :)
    I hope you get a lot of use out of it for a long time!


    Thankya, sweetheart. I tried my best, so that means a lot. <3

    Is... everything alright though, Loko-san? I'm a little bit worried...
  • malmon 01-28-2020, 05:20 PM (Edited 01-28-2020, 05:22 PM)
    (01-28-2020, 05:03 PM)Backlash Wrote: -snip-


    Price can be heavily dependant on volume. So if the design is kinda complex, the per unit cost ends up being super expensive.

    At work we had to get these three little mounting plate things (a square of Al with some tapped holes for screws), maybe like, 5x5ish cm? Over £300.
  • Backlash 01-29-2020, 12:38 AM
    (01-28-2020, 05:20 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-28-2020, 05:03 PM)Backlash Wrote: -snip-


    Price can be heavily dependant on volume. So if the design is kinda complex, the per unit cost ends up being super expensive.

    At work we had to get these three little mounting plate things (a square of Al with some tapped holes for screws), maybe like, 5x5ish cm? Over £300.


    Heh, I getcha love. I still think the Elite's waay overpriced, though.

    On that note, I just put in an order for an Enthoo Luxe II. While it lacks the garish styling of the HAF X, it more than makes up for it in features and customization options. I'm looking forward to outfitting a cheap mITX motherboard as a dedicated streaming PC. It feels so nice to be tinkering with tech again... ^~^
  • malmon 01-29-2020, 03:03 PM
    (01-29-2020, 12:38 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-28-2020, 05:20 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-28-2020, 05:03 PM)Backlash Wrote: -snip-


    Price can be heavily dependant on volume. So if the design is kinda complex, the per unit cost ends up being super expensive.

    At work we had to get these three little mounting plate things (a square of Al with some tapped holes for screws), maybe like, 5x5ish cm? Over £300.


    Heh, I getcha love. I still think the Elite's waay overpriced, though.

    On that note, I just put in an order for an Enthoo Luxe II. While it lacks the garish styling of the HAF X, it more than makes up for it in features and customization options. I'm looking forward to outfitting a cheap mITX motherboard as a dedicated streaming PC. It feels so nice to be tinkering with tech again... ^~^


    Ah, the Luxe II is quite pretty~ I really like how a lot of cases nowadays go for the full glass panel, though it does make it harder to get away with lazy cable management >~<
  • Backlash 02-02-2020, 06:35 PM
    (01-29-2020, 03:03 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-29-2020, 12:38 AM)Backlash Wrote:
    (01-28-2020, 05:20 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (01-28-2020, 05:03 PM)Backlash Wrote: -snip-


    Price can be heavily dependant on volume. So if the design is kinda complex, the per unit cost ends up being super expensive.

    At work we had to get these three little mounting plate things (a square of Al with some tapped holes for screws), maybe like, 5x5ish cm? Over £300.


    Heh, I getcha love. I still think the Elite's waay overpriced, though.

    On that note, I just put in an order for an Enthoo Luxe II. While it lacks the garish styling of the HAF X, it more than makes up for it in features and customization options. I'm looking forward to outfitting a cheap mITX motherboard as a dedicated streaming PC. It feels so nice to be tinkering with tech again... ^~^


    Ah, the Luxe II is quite pretty~ I really like how a lot of cases nowadays go for the full glass panel, though it does make it harder to get away with lazy cable management >~<


    Sadly, the upgrade didn't go as planned. Pretty sure the motherboard got fried, since PSU shorts out unless I take out the 8-pin CPU connector. I've ordered an Athlon and a mITX board to find the point of failure; gonna RMA whatever's broken.

    Damn shame, too. I prolonged a migraine thinking that'd be the end of it, and now I feel like garbage. Won't make the same mistake again. >_<
  • Backlash 02-03-2020, 06:27 PM
    Welp, quick update on the mobo. I got it to POST by removing the heatsink, but my relief was short-lived. Immediately I heard sparks, and fucking smoke started billowing out of one of the VRMs. Cripes.

    I don't even care at this point. I just hope it didn't fry my processor.

    [Image: LII41tr.png]
  • malmon 02-04-2020, 02:18 AM
    (02-03-2020, 06:27 PM)Backlash Wrote: Welp, quick update on the mobo. I got it to POST by removing the heatsink, but my relief was short-lived. Immediately I heard sparks, and fucking smoke started billowing out of one of the VRMs. Cripes.

    I don't even care at this point. I just hope it didn't fry my processor.


    For all the safety features motherboards are supposed to have nowadays, they certainly still manage to fail in spectacular ways...

    Your issue sounds quite similar to the one I had with my old motherboard though - the thing would not power on at all with the 8 pin connected. Fortunately it didn't fail like yours ^_^'
  • Loko 02-04-2020, 07:45 PM
    Damn, I'm starting to think I lucked out with my cheap af motherboard considering how many points of failure there are on these things
  • malmon 02-05-2020, 04:41 PM
    (02-04-2020, 07:45 PM)Loko Wrote: Damn, I'm starting to think I lucked out with my cheap af motherboard considering how many points of failure there are on these things


    To be fair, the components on a motherboard are really quite something - an array of little cubes pushing well over 100A in some cases. It's no wonder really that motherboards tend to be the least reliable parts of a PC in my experience.
  • Backlash 02-05-2020, 07:43 PM
    Man, this Athlon looks so cool in its little white box. I still really hope my 3800X didn't get fried, though. And that MSI honors their RMA. I don't want any more terrible luck... ;~;

    (02-05-2020, 04:41 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (02-04-2020, 07:45 PM)Loko Wrote: Damn, I'm starting to think I lucked out with my cheap af motherboard considering how many points of failure there are on these things


    To be fair, the components on a motherboard are really quite something - an array of little cubes pushing well over 100A in some cases. It's no wonder really that motherboards tend to be the least reliable parts of a PC in my experience.


    Something you learned at uni, Mal-kun?
  • malmon 02-06-2020, 03:00 AM
    (02-05-2020, 07:43 PM)Backlash Wrote: Man, this Athlon looks so cool in its little white box. I still really hope my 3800X didn't get fried, though. And that MSI honors their RMA. I don't want any more terrible luck... ;~;

    (02-05-2020, 04:41 PM)malmon Wrote:
    (02-04-2020, 07:45 PM)Loko Wrote: Damn, I'm starting to think I lucked out with my cheap af motherboard considering how many points of failure there are on these things


    To be fair, the components on a motherboard are really quite something - an array of little cubes pushing well over 100A in some cases. It's no wonder really that motherboards tend to be the least reliable parts of a PC in my experience.


    Something you learned at uni, Mal-kun?


    Ehehe, nah, Gamers' Nexus/Actually Hardcore Overclocking ^_^'

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