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Pros: The case was included in a shell-shocker bundle deal. It's not a case I would have selected as an individual purchase. That being said, I thought the case was a solid "meh".
It took some time to puzzle-out the drive bays and required some disassembly of the case internals. I did "theoretically" figure out how to install two 5.25 hard drives, and the 2.5" sata in the lower bays using the stock mounts but I was worried about heat build-up.
I was completely unaware of the additional 2.5" bay atop the power supply. My case arrived with the power supply canted about 20-degrees off-bubble. A firm nudge dropped it back into place.
Cons: Case is cheap, ok? Really cheap. Like a $2 pint of bourbon. It'll do the job, but you won't respect yourself in the morning.
You want to take your time assembling and be careful of where you put your weight or torque. The case will dent/cave quite easily.
Only one SATA power connector was a put-off. Luckily I had an second adaptor and was able top plow through. Made me wonder how old this case actually is.
Cables are way too long. As in you're going to have to make some decisions on where to put them so as to have the least amount of impact on air flow. Then again, after a reflective pause, the case fan is mounted behind the power supply so not really sure if there is air flow... other than what's generated by the CPU fan...
You get a bag of screws containing, I believe, at least four different screw types. It was kind of trial-and-error process of figuring out what went where because there's no freaking documentation with the case, nor is there any doc on the manufacturer's web site. Not even a pdf. Shame.
Other Thoughts: Hey, I bought a $300 bundle deal with case, mobo, cpu, ram, ssd & hdd drives included. (Awesome deal! Cheap linux servers ftw!) So my expectations were low.
Which is why I am ok giving it three eggs. Like going to McDonalds. No one ever raves about how awesome a cheeseburger is. You expect meh, you get meh.
This review is from: Rosewill REDBONE - Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Nice looking case - powder coated everything, even the screws -- which makes assembly a bit more difficult for those of us with mature vision...
Cons: 1. Add-on photo-copy page of "instructions" that were mostly useless.
2. Random rubber cone bits fell out of case while assembling.
3. Case has a total of 10 bays - ships with 4 tool-less locks. I'm building a system with four hdd and one odd. 2 tool-less locks for the ODD bays and 2 for the f/hdd bays. You saved yourself, what, 75-cents by not including all of the locks?
4. Case switches failed to power-up mobo - although mobo's led's were green from power supply feed.
Other Thoughts: I've been building systems for decades - this is the first time I've had to RMA a case.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 102 (RN10223D-100NAS) 6TB (2 x 3TB) Network Storage
Pros: The unit itself is small and worked-well out of the box. I connected, downloaded the f/w update, and installed anti-virus in no-time. It's accessible to my network and, being pre-configured I didn't have to do much more than just turn it on. My plans are to use the NAS as home-entertainment media storage.
Although I was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected features (being able to load and run apps natively), in the end, the NAS is sitting there doing what I wanted it to do -- serve files, mirror files.
Cons: The CPU (arm) isn't powerful enough to do video transcoding. If you're going to use this unit to store your media files, don't waste time installing the plex app (which is cool that it's supported) as the limited CPU means that the native plex app isn't going to be much more that a cataloger for your collection.
I purchased the NAS with the intention of streaming to my Roku3 -- and that's how I learned, (being a complete noob to entertainment streaming), about the limitations of the arm processor and video transcoding.
Currently, I've appropriated an older AMD X2 box for the Plex server and have attached the NAS to this machine and all works wonderfully in Roku land.
Other issue I has is that Netgear's online support and documentation is either sparse, non-applicable to this model, or out-dated. You'll spend quite a bit of time muddling through things while fighting their horribly-designed website. I've abandoned several sub-projects in favor of just letting the unit sit there and quietly serve and mirror.
Other Thoughts: As in all things, caveat-utilitor -- had I known about the arm-cpu limitation, I probably would have invested in a more powerful unit. otoh, I wasn't expecting to be able to run Plex natively on the NAS, so that was just an unexpected bonus that didn't pan out. For what I originally intended to use the NAS for, it works great!
I took an egg off the review because of the dreadful online support from netgear.