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Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • SECC Steel Micro ATX Mini Tower
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 Fans pre-installed
  • 3 External Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 4 Expansion Slots
  • $29.99
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5 out of 5 eggs fantastic basic case 06/30/2013

This review is from: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros:

- small footprint
- unobtrusive design
- lightweight
- inexpensive
- two fans included! :D

does what it needs to do

Cons:

Doesn't seem very sturdy/rugged, but that's to be expected from an economy case. Besides, if it's just going to sit on a desk or tucked-away somewhere, it doesn't really matter.

The plastic for the front face might be easily broken if you're not patient when trying to remove it... take care to find where all the locking tabs are located, and push them out from their backside rather than just grabbing an edge of the face and yanking.

The front USB/audio jacks and power/reset switches are only held in by a couple screws and plastic tabs (I think I saw some hot-glue in there, too). They're fine, but don't jab them really hard or you might snap them loose.

None of these are worth removing an egg from the rating, as these are common limitations of economy products. You don't buy a Ford Fiesta and expect it to perform like a Lamborghini.

Other Thoughts:

I was tasked with building a $300 budget build for a local business; this case was very affordably priced, significantly smaller than the machine it was replacing, and perfectly suited for the job.

It may not be big enough for oversized CPU coolers or fullsized graphics cards, but I was using integrated graphics and the CPU's stock cooler, so I had no issue. Always be sure to check the measurements and clearances before you buy something. (remember the 6 Ps)

Unlike some other reviews, I had no issues with sharp sheetmetal edges (at least no sharper than is to be expected from economy manufacturing)... mounting holes weren't misaligned... screw mount holes weren't stripped, but I can understand how they COULD be stripped if you over-tighten them.

all-in-all, this case is the epitome of utilitarian. I don't personally like the flashy, gaudy, and unnecessary designs in a lot of the other cases out there, and I'm glad cases like this still exist as an option. This will be my default MicroATX from now-on until I need something that specifically serves a different purpose.

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  • Eric W.
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