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APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
  • Steel Micro ATX Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 Port ; 2 x Audio Port Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
  • $32.99
  • $8.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

3 out of 5 eggs Attractive Flimsy Frustrating 02/14/2013

This review is from: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case


Has a handle


Insubstantial (Flimsy)
Inconvenient design

Other Thoughts:

Clearly, one takes a risk when one builds an $800 rig inside of a $35 case. No, the build quality is not a triumph of utilitarian engineering. I expected that, and was not put-off by its lack of general heft (In fact, I was counting on it being lightweight, given that the finished product will be carted around by the attached handle frequently).

What I'm not okay with is broken pieces right out of the box. I was able to remove the faceplate without issue once while routing cables. The second time I took it off to install a fan in the front, one of the plastic braces that holds the handle to the top of the case came with it. As easily as it broke, I highly doubt that a replacement will be any less prone to the same issue.

It's the only decent-looking microATX case with a handle that I could find, so I intend to continue with the build. Time will tell whether my ghetto-rigged handle repair will hold.

It's worth noting that I had significant difficulty getting the fan in front of the 3.5" drive rails. It would have been impossible to do if there had been a drive installed.

There is also no room at all in between the motherboard stage and the side-panel behind it. Just a fraction of an inch would have been appreciated, so as not to have to route cables directly behind the motherboard.

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  • Daniel J.
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

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