- SECC ATX Mini Tower
- 1 x USB 3.0; 1 x USB 2.0; Audio In/Out (support AC97/HD) Front Ports
- 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Pleasantly surprised 03/28/2013
This review is from: DIYPC MiniQ7-B USB 3.0 w/Dual Red Fans Black SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Price with rebate is right on target. Overall this case won me over. Was initially skeptical, but build quality and features are good for price point, though metal is thin, and in some areas sharp. But again, at this price, what do you expect? Front design is very novel/cool, piano black glossy panel, HAL 9000-like red jewel power button, USB 3.0 & 2.0 jacks on the side. Plenty of PCI expansion slots, and 2 included case fans in rear are not only a nice touch, they work well, and are quiet. Can easily accomodate ATX boards, though mATX probably makes sense at this size. While it is listed as mini ATX tower, it isn't exactly the smallest case, though def not large either. Good compromise size-wise, IMHO.
Subtracting one egg for the following reasons. 1. Internal design left me wishing for more in a few areas. Most importantly, only one 5.25" bay and 3.5" bay are built in to the case. Front mounted bottom PSU location limits addition of an additional bay frame. The minimal instruction sheet (which is essentially useless to inexperienced builders) indicates a space in middle bottom of case to place additional HDD, but leaves job of securing it up to you. With addition of a couple PCI cards, this space disappears anyway. There is space between the included bays and the PSU area for one or two more bays, so in the age of RAID setups and SSD+HDD combos, I don't understand this exclusion, even at this price level. For my purposes, I simply used a Momentus XT Hybrid HDD, and didn't use any additional drives, so this worked out. 2. The DVD drive sits behind a front door that flips down when the tray ejects. This is fine, but the tray usually gets stuck on the door when it retracts, though am working on a solution to this. 3. PSU location setup limits it from exhausting the internal air. Instead pulls outside air in, which is not altogether bad, just a preference. However, this can be worked around if so desired.
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