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Pros: This case is beautiful out of the box - the design is "techy", but not outrageous like some other companies are going for. It looks like a cutting edge computer case, not a ridiculous Sci-Fi prop. Massive internal space and ludicrous amounts of airflow throughout. The tool-free drive swaps and PCI-E ports work nicely and don't break under normal usage, unlike some other cases. The little locker thing on top is cool, too - though with this being as big as it is, I don't see anyone really lugging it around to LAN parties, and therefore the whole "security locker on your case" thing is a somewhat niche feature.
The buttons feel fairly solid, and the door is built to last. The USB is among the early USB3.0 adopters for a case - bonus to them for getting it right.
The LEDs are crisp and bright, but not obnoxious.
Feels very solid (read as: quite heavy to move around).
Cons: The "softreament" surfaces attract stains like mad.
Sides scuff fairly easy and scratch on anything sharper than a piece of bread.
The feet like to pop off if you slide the case versus lifting it.
Fully loaded down, this thing is heavy (but that's to be expected with the build quality).
Other Thoughts: A solid case if you have a massive build, and you want an elegant, futuristic look, and don't want to look like you have a 1990's C-rate Sci-Fi channel special going on under your desk.
The lights look like Isaac's helmet from the Dead Space games - just enough "future" to look impressive and functional.
Pros: This thing has served me so fantastically, depsite all my crazy computing shennanigans. I attempted to Hackintosh it - reinstalled Win7 64 Ultimate and upped the memory to a faster than stock 1333 with 8 gigs - no issues at all. Plan to slap a fast SSD in it and continue enjoying this little guy for years to come.
For the price, even 2 years later, I'm one very happy camper.
Cons: The included hard drive is a tad bit slow - while the CPU (dual core with 4 threads) eats through most data an average user has, the hard drive is a bit slow on the uptake.
I wouldn't recommed to most gamers - While Final Fantasy XIV is an exercise in fantastic graphics and challenging for even my desktop 560ti, this thing could barely choke out N64 quality on the absolute lowest settings and overclocked. But that's to be expected at this price range and on a nVidia 310M.
Other Thoughts: If you can find one, these are beautiful and functional machines with a nice curve of technology that holds relevancy. A bit old, understandably, but I still love mine 2 years hence.
Some companies are still loading Intel Core 2 Duos in their machines and selling them well - with these being the first gen of Core i3, they still shine very well despite newer technology.
Display Name: Brandon F.
Date Joined: 12/19/08
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