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Pros: - Modern features, like front panel USB 2.0 AND 3.0, TAC 2.0, and 120mm fans.
- Great airflow, better than almost any other uATX case. Plenty of venting on the front to allow air to flow through the case. (Beats many cases which have a front fan but NO front venting to allow air in!)
- Sufficient drive bays & mounting options (including the floor of the case!) for a general PC build with SSD, HDDs, and optical drive. I love being able to mount my SSD on the floor & leave 3.5" bays open.
- Small physical size, yet big enough so assembly is not difficult. Components all have some (not a lot) of clearance between them.
- Decent build quality. On a previous uATX case, the motherboard standoffs didn't exactly line up with the motherboard. The Line-M standoffs line up exactly!
- Great value. For its price, it has better features and build quality than any of the other uATX cases on NewEgg.
Cons: Minor cons that would not dissuade me from buying the case in the future:
- Not fond of the tool-less drive mounting hardware. It doesn't mount the drives very securely. However, they're easy to remove & use normal screws.
- The blue LED front fan seems targeted at gamers who live in their parent's basement rather than a general PC. But you can switch it out (or put it in the back, which I did) to make it less annoying.
Other Thoughts: - Originally purchased the Rosewill FBM-02 case. That case was difficult to build in - absolutely zero clearance between components, with multiple components in contact with each other (sorry, my HDD, motherboard power cable, and DRAM shouldn't all touch). The Line-M is ~1/2 inch bigger in every dimension, giving positive clearance between components.
- The Rosewill FBM-02 is cheap (that's a pro and a con). For $15ish more, the Line-M is a MUCH nicer case with significantly better features & build quality. Having one of each, I'd buy the Line-M every time in the future.
This review is from: Rosewill FBM-02 - Dual-Fan Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: - Two spots on the floor of the case to mount 2.5" devices (bonus!). My SSD sits on the floor so I can leave one of the three 3.5" bays open.
- Adequate ventilation. I wanted a TAC 2.0 case... too many cases lack sufficient front air vents. How many cases have we all seen with a front 120mm fan but exactly zero front venting to let the fan suck air in?
- Physically small. I hate microATX cases that aren't significantly smaller than a full ATX case.
- Can fit a medium-sized, 2-slot graphics card
- Great price & decent looks
Cons: - Received my case with a small dent in the top, about an inch from the front. It was dented from the *inside* - I can't blame NewEgg shipping for that one, as shipping damage would be dented from the *outside*. I guess this is a Rosewill problem. It's barely noticeable, though, and disappears completely when the case is under my desk.
- The top USB 2.0 port of my case came with an out-of-plane data pin, which promptly bent & broke when I *carefully* inserted my first USB device. (I was hoping carefully inserting a plug would force the pin back into plane.) Now I have a dead USB port.
- Really, really, really poor cable management. The routing of the front panel connectors stinks. Big time. I'm not one to OCD about a perfect-looking case, but I also don't want cables rubbing against the heat sink fan.
Other Thoughts: - The price of this case was great. The value... maybe not so great. The dent in mine was a minor annoyance - nothing worth RMAing. The broken USB port irritated me, and I'll be in contact with Rosewill support to get it fixed. A bad USB port shouldn't happen, at any case price point.
- It took more time that I wanted to put the system together, because the case is about as small as it can be and still fit things in it. However, I knew that when I bought it, so no big surprise.
- As some reviewers have noted, the motherboard standoff threads are delicate, due to the thin metal of the motherboard tray. Hand tighten and you'll be okay.
- Building with this case takes some patience. I did not have HDD/heat sink interference as some reviewers note. I installed my HDD last, in the middle 3.5" bay. I wanted to leave the upper 3.5" bay open for the future, and couldn't use the lower 3.5" bay because the HDD and the motherboard power connector would interfere. As it is, my HDD and my DRAM physically touch, though with little pressure.
This review is from: Intel BOXDH55TC LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: POSTed right away. Runs cool & quiet, even in a thermally poor case. Have it paired up with a Core i5 for an excellent (if overpowered!) HTPC. Video & audio go right out the HDMI cable to my TV (no separate audio hookup!). No S3 problems with this MB and Win7 - works seamlessly.
Cons: BIOS updates often reset custom settings (like IDE/AHCI), so be prepared if you ever update BIOS.
HDMI connector is a bit flimsy, and I've had the HDMI cable come unplugged twice. (In its defense, the kids were reaching around the back of the thing trying to debug a problem with their Wii both times.)
Other Thoughts: Older BIOSes had troubles with Hauppauge 2250 in one of the PCIe slots, but a BIOS update solved that.READ FULL REVIEW