- Steel MicroATX Slim Case
- USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, HD Audio+AC97 Front Ports
- 300W Power Supply
- 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 1 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
- $39.99 –
- $6.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)
construction compromise 08/23/2013
Small size, simple m/b install, comes with internal SD card reader, USB 3.0 port and internal cable, good looks, lightweight. Power indication blue LED is good, not overpoweringly bright like on some units/devices.
Power supply uses nonstandard location and custom cord, vent holes on sliding cover need at least 0.5in more towards front for full venting of m/b cpu fan exhaust, need to remove front plate and 5.25in drive bay to access h/d mounting section. Difficult drive mounting and no options for 2.5in drive. Poor to miniscule ventilation of disk drive area & needs extra adaptor for 2.5in drive. Drive indicator LED is dim and hard to see in operation. Clearance when mounted vertically is laughable and unstable. Nonstandard R/A power cord cannot be easily replaced with standard one w/o using much more clearance -do NOT lose supplied cord. Power Supply fan appears to be failing after after approx 1.5 months of daily use.
Got this unit with several others to upgrade several older computers and liked the small size. M/B area fits only tiny boards, and drive mounting is difficult (underneath Optical drive) requiring complete front plate dismounting then removal of entire drive bay housing, with little room underneath for ventilation and no options for smaller 2.5in drive. You must not use a powerful hard drive here as the heat can not be easily dissipated.
The nonstandard (and difficult if not impossible to find exact replacement for) power supply cord makes vertical mounting impossible for the case if you misplace it therefore making horizontal mounting the best option, and the useage of a standard power cord means more space needed. An additional 0.5in towards the case front of ventilation holes would have been handy, however I suppose I can always drill them later.
Finally, after being hospitalized for almost a month and losing the MIR info, I find out that I only had a month from purchase to mail it in, and now the power supply fan is failing. I have PSU's that have lasted years with no problems.
The combination of poor MIR rules, nonstandard P/S cord requirements, poor heat dissipation capabilities for the drive areas -would it really have been that hard to bend a couple of flanges up with holes for a 2.5in drive?- and lack of full ventilation for M/B CPU fans, topped off with the PSU unit failing making an already marginal unit even poorer a choice thereby makes this case a cautionary tale in Compromised Design Choices.
Each of the difficulties on their own would probably not rate a single egg removal, but in total at least minus two.
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