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COOLER MASTER Elite 110 RC-110-KKN2 Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case with Standard Size ATX PSU and 120mm Radiator Support
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: quality construction
good looking
good ventilation
plenty of space inside
holds 3 3.5 drives

Cons: plastic feet
usb ports upside down
disk activity light is out of sight
the CoolerMaster status light/power button is large and kinda ugly and well illuminated. Do LEDs come in a different color than blue?

Other Thoughts: Others have pretty well described this case. These things have not been mentioned.

The removable cover has little grabs formed into the rear flange which makes it easy to pull the cover away from the chassis without using fingernails or a screwdriver.
The usb ports are upside down. Seriously? I was installing FreeBSD from a usb stick that has an activity LED on its top side. When plugged in I had to crane my neck to see its underside to view the activity LED.
The disk activity light is on the side so it is not typically visible. Why bother to include this indicator light if it can't easily be seen?
It looks to me like this case can hold 3 3.5 drives plus another 2.5 drive, but I haven't tried it.

Overall this is a fine case.

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ARK ITX/CS-Ci02 Black Server Case open frame 90W
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs A nice little case 11/02/2013

This review is from: ARK ITX/CS-Ci02 Black Server Case open frame 90W

Pros: This is a nice little no-frills chassis. It's steel, not aluminum and the cover has some kind of black coating that looks decent. The two fans are pretty quiet and seem to keep the innards cool. My two hard drives each show about 28 degrees C running with an Intel Atom board.

Cons: I found the fan cable did not reach to the header on my mb. I wasn't sure what the effect of this would be so I powered it up to see. Only the left fan worked. Investigating I found the cable had been doubled back several times and tied in this configuration. The bundled part was tucked down around the ps and not obvious. I undid that and then the cable reached the header. The second fan now runs. No instructions or any other paperwork is in the box. Not too hard to figure out how to use the chassis without it. Still it would be nice to see a 'Thanks for buying our product' kind of thing in there with the manufacturer's name and contact info. The VESA mount can be detached if you want to set the box on a shelf but there are little screw bosses that stick out (for the VESA screws) that might scratch what it sits on. There are no rubber feet in the box. The power cord awkwardly sticks out of the front panel.

Other Thoughts: There is about 44 mm space between the mother board and the lid, fyi. They could have added more headroom without adding much extra cost. The fans blow air out of the case, not in as I had expected. Considering that there is a mesh at the top rear of the case that hot air would naturally flow out of, I figured the fans would be set to augment that. But I assume the manu knows what they are doing with that, and the interior seems cool enough. I will be buying another one of these to replace an Apex Mi008 whose power supply fan is badly rattling after a year of no downtime service. The FreeBSD system on that server is more reliable than the hardware it runs on apparently. I sure hope the power supply in the new box lasts.

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ZyXEL ES1100-8P Unmanaged 8-port Switch with 4 PoE port
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs works great 12/26/2012

This review is from: ZyXEL ES1100-8P Unmanaged 8-port Switch with 4 PoE port

Pros: Simple to setup, EEE compliant, lights and outlets on the front, documentation is well written, auto-negotiating, auto-crossover, 15.4 watts per port.

Cons: I am forced to enter something in the cons box but there are none.

Other Thoughts: The LAN sockets are now on the front of the unit, together with the indicator lights. The actual unit does not match Newegg's picture anymore (as of 12/26/12). Power cord and master power switch are on the back. There is also a 'IEEE802.3az ON/OFF' button on the front. This activates/deactivates the 'Energy Efficient Ethernet' function. Your POE device has to be compliant to use this feature.

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George H.'s Profile

Display Name: George H.

Date Joined: 10/07/03

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 09/06/12
  • Last Review: 01/23/14
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