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Item#: N82E16811345036
BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP Arctic White Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower
  • 4 + 1 using included adapter Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
  • $99.99
  • $8.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

-Sleek look
-Solid construction
-Thumbscrews in many places
-Lots of extra screws
-An abundance of air flow options
-An abundance of space for drives.

Cons:

Hard to work with, optical drive blocked are worth subtractions of eggs. This case is a re-imagination of case design, which would be cool if it remained practical. If you want to access an optical drive in this case system, you're going to have to remove the front bezel to do so. But wait, to remove the front bezel, you must first remove both side panels! One of the side panels has wires attached to various points inside your case, so you have to be careful!
Upside-down construction was a bit goofy, Whereas normally I'd be building it in my sleep, I needed to use the manual.
-The wire management options are few, as the case hugs the mobo, there aren't holes and grommets for the cords come around from the back like there are in, say, the 350D. The wire managed pic is a fiction. This isn't worth an egg, because no window, but don't expect a clean wire managed build. Not fun to have to open this puppy up.

Other Thoughts:

I wanted to buy a cute little case with a little expandability. I got a fairly chunky case that was both complicated to build and had zero wire management. Also the Softouch material looks like it will absorb rather than repel abuse from the kids, I wonder if washable markers might leave indelible marks in it -- guess we'll see. I just really admire what BitFenix had done, but this case has turned out to be a bit of a compromise between beauty and praticality. It is a gorgeous case and we pretty much placed it where it can be displayed.
You could still make this an HTPC, but just remember you will need an external optical drive OR leave the front Bezel off all the time.
I guess the flexcage is sold separately.

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  • Godwin O.
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