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APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • SECC Steel / Aluminum
  • Power Supply 2 x 80mm Rear Fans

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • GAIL O.
  • 8/8/2015 11:27:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsKeep shopping before getting this one.

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: It's not broken yet, maybe.

Cons: This case design is terrible. Just leave the front and bottom off while you work on it to save yourself a lot of headaches. I wasted more time trying to figure out how to make things fit than I would normally spend putting a decent system together.
The routing of the cables through the tiny hole into 3.5" slot is just plain stupid because it makes it unusable for the most part. You can change the route put it through the "other" 3.5" slot and make it useless instead if you like but don't plan on using both 3.5" bays easily.
The power supply does not have an 8 pin ATX connector so plan on either replacing it immediately or purchasing an adapter.

Other Thoughts: I'm not returning it (at least yet) but I'm definitely not impressed and I'll spend the extra few bucks in the future vs purchase this one again. The headaches and lack of ability to upgrade due to space weren't worth the few dollars saved

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  • James L.
  • 6/21/2015 4:32:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPower Supply Dead on Arrival

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Very nice case, but read the other reviews. My power supply was also non functional. Very frustrating. It does have a hidden power switch under the front panel that was turned off , but still does not power up even after turning it on. Obviously was not tested before shipping. Plan on swapping it out if you purchase this case. The power supply does look cheap, but I would at least expect it to function. The rest of the case looks very nice and was very easy to assemble. Hopefully Apevia will just send me a replacement power supply instead of returning the whole case. We will see.

Cons: Non functional power supply

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  • Michael S.
  • 3/30/2015 4:13:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReally Nice

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Really nice for what you get...
1. full size atx motherboards supported
2. full/regular sized components (power supply, motherboards, ...)
3. pretty good air-flow
4. well layed-out design
5. Apevia has done a very good job

Cons: None, really. Anybody getting this should know the limitations of this design...
1. limited space (this is why you got this design in the first place)
2. POSSIBLY a lower quality power supply (don't complain, just spend $50 and get another power supply)

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  • Ezra K.
  • 1/4/2015 11:51:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Fairly easy to fit into my television setup. It can be setup either vertically or horizontally. It comes with a 500W power supply.

Cons: There is hidden power supply switch behind the front panel. The front panel must be removed to access the switch and make the power available.

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  • Elliott P.
  • 9/5/2014 7:16:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent case, bad dimensions

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Roomy case, excellent front panel selection

Cons: This is NOT an HTPC case. It is way too big (deep, specifically). It just juts out about 3 inches on my TV stand. Maybe it works for some, but not me.

Other Thoughts: I used this case for about 2 years before scrapping my build into a server machine.

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  • Scott H.
  • 6/28/2014 1:31:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMixed bag

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Decent size full ATX case for an HTPC, although it is important to plan out the installation ahead of time (like installing and connecting up the bottom HDD before installing the motherboard). I fit in 2 HDDs, a BDROM, and an SSD (had to get creative on that last one). Even has a little room for cable management. The included fans are pretty quiet for 80mm.

Cons: Comes with a really cheap and noisy power supply, which I swapped out. Mine did not come with any of the accessories like motherboard standoffs, screws, feet or drive rails. I had enough extras of most things to get by, but the drive rails are smaller than anything I had on hand and installing the BDROM was a bit challenging. Did not get any response from customer support through the Apevia website when I asked about getting replacements.

Other Thoughts: I installed a couple 120mm fans which gave it reasonable airflow. Blue power light on the front is pretty blinding if watching a movie in the dark, so I unplugged it. Ultimately, this was the cheapest case I could find that fit my needs, and I got what I paid for. Apevia customer support seems a bit lacking, or I might give an extra egg.

Manufacturer Response:

If you need help with the case, such as getting the missing screw bag, you can contact Apevia's customer service at service@apevia.com or call at (909) 718-0789. We try to reply to all calls and e-mails as soon as we can.

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  • John N.
  • 6/27/2014 3:23:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible in every way.

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: None.

Cons: Weird air flow arrangement. You'll need to get creative to keep component from overheating in this thing.

No cable management. Your cables will probably block your bays.

Power supply is terrible. Your machine will freeze/reset. Has a bizarre front exhaust and an extension power cable that runs to the back of the unit?!

This thing is huge. It's like a tower case on its side.

Loud. Rear fans are all you can hear.

Bottom line if you're looking for a nice HTPC case that is compact, quiet, cool, and reliable, this case is NONE of those things. Run away.

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  • Steve G.
  • 6/26/2014 9:34:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Value Good Case

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Well cut and painted. Seems durable, won't chip. Only cut myself once, which is good for a value-case. Don't know where, most edges I could see are well rolled, but it happens that a single snaggle edge somewhere got me. Very minor, but should be considered as a big plus for this case.

Cons: Make sure you have a few case nic-naks handy, like mother board standoffs or various other screws you will need for building a computer. It was missing a couple standoffs but I had extra. They lose an egg for power supply. With a case this price, don't expect a super quality power supply. I would give them 5 eggs if they raised the price by 15 and put in a step or two better power supply.

Other Thoughts: Great value. Fits a full size ATX mobo very well. I suggest for any serious PC, add in a $50 power supply. The peace of mind is worth it.

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  • Grant K.
  • 6/16/2014 11:34:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Case Bad Powersupply

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Great Media case for under the entertainment center

Cons: Power Supply was dead on arrival

Other Thoughts: why cant they sell just the case if they obviously cant pull off a power supply

Manufacturer Response:

You can do an RMA through us for the power supply to get an exchange on the PSU if you are still under our warranty period. You can contact Apevia's customer service at service@apevia.com or call at (909) 718-0789. We try to reply to all calls and e-mails as soon as we can.

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  • Melanie L.
  • 5/19/2014 5:35:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot The Greatest

This review is from: APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Fairly easy to work with. Inexpensive desktop in an arena where desktops are a vanishing breed. Two hard drive bays worked well.

Cons: Top DVD door did not line up with standard DVD burner, so had to remove cover and DVD was sunk in front 1". ATX board I used barely fit. Cheaply made, lots of sharp edges.

Other Thoughts: Only game in town. If inwin brought back their desktop, this wouldn't stand a chance. It's cheaply made, but it did the trick for me. I bought 2 and built two machines and they are working fine.

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