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Pros: I wanted accessory displays for web browsing, youtubing, HW monitoring, etc etc. Never intended for my main display, but I needed one with VESA mounts as I already have an arm setup.
An affordable monitor WITH VESA mounts is very rare. I was skeptical of going with TN next to my LG 34UM95 (a high end IPS), but I had a hard time justifying spending more for accessory monitors.
Cons: This is still TN, but the biggest problems are the brightness and contrast out of the box. THEY ARE TERRIBLE.
Anyone who thinks the brightness and colors are good clearly haven't used higher quality displays. It's not that it's TN, it's as if Acer tried to make it look like an IPS on store shelves by cranking up contrast and brightness to stupidly high levels.
Turn Contrast to zero (yes ZERO). Turn Brightness down to ~60. One needed 60 and the other needed 63. Checked with my i1 DisplayPro but you can tell the difference immediately.
Other Thoughts: AFTER CHANGING THE ABOVE
It's an ok value monitor. VESA mount is a huge plus, as I think there are a few better options if that's not important (but remember those other options probably have terrible non-adjustable stands nor VESA mounts).
Side viewing angles are decent for the price. Vertical is worse, but given the price......eh, I can live with it. As far as accessory displays go, I'm satisfied (not very happy, just satisfied) with these for the $150 price each. As much as I wish I went with something a little more, there are far better things to spend my money on than better accessory displays.
Pros: Finally got around to building a HTPC and was stunned at how few choices there were of enclosures that fit a DVD player-like profile/size (I mean seriously, why do I want cube cases to fit on a HTPC shelf).
I'm very happy with the unit. The instructions were very well detailed on dealing with this case (some things are really recommended to be installed in a certain order).
I really like the PCIe extension, but sadly I just didn't find a use for it with "good enough" integrated graphics from both Intel and AMD for video/movies, and in-home streaming options for gaming making dedicated GPU's for HTPC seem like a diminishing thing as well. Maybe a sound card when I get back around to this small build.
Cons: I don't think there are any major cons to this case, just a quirks - so see below.
Other Thoughts: Because of it's form factor, installing stuff requires a bit more attention otherwise you'll just frustrate yourself.
For instance, after installing the sfx PSU, then installing the bracket over it - if you didn't pay attention to the instructions and turn the PSU switch ON, well.....you're going to have to take it back off now.
The build process in this case really ought to be followed in the instructions - so this is not really a case I would tinker with often (though I don't see why you would in a HTPC build).
A decent amount of storage mounting options, but in this day and age of NAS devices, it was another feature (like the PCIe extension) I didn't find that useful personally.
The Power/Reset LED's are blue, and a bit too bright in my tastes for something that will sit in a dark room. You could just leave the leads off the motherboard and deal with no LED's or see if you can mentally tune out the shining LED /shrug.
Double check your shelf/setup and this case's height. While it appears to have a DVD-player-like size, it's a bit taller. Two fan openings are on the bottom of the case.
Pros: Packaging was nice. Construction felt solid. Nothing out of the ordinary.
One big thing of note is the length of this unit - it's an inch or two shorter than others in it's class.
Also chose this unit because the fan was recommended more than those used in other units. Was using an EVGA 1300W Supernova - arguably the most popular because of it's price/value - but the fan on it was LOUD at full load. Hence my search for a higher quality PSU with a well regarded fan.
Cons: This thing just simply can't perform. CONSTANTLY tripped OCP on an overclocked, watercooled 4930k and Titan Tri-SLi setup.
My old, louder, cheaper EVGA unit could power this just fine. I was in disbelief.
Tried different configs (and voltages), and searched around on OCN forums. Turns out this PSU really isn't as quality as you think it is.
Other Thoughts: Those that think this PSU is great are probably just kids overbuying PSU output for what they need.
Those that actually need ~1300W should be well aware this unit absolutely sucks at it. I've already wasted 2 weeks of my time thinking something else was wrong with my setup.
In a market loaded with PSU choices, this one is just not worth your time. You either don't need a 1300W unit, or you actually do need one and this one isn't it.
I was so fed up with the time I wasted on this unit, I just went big with the AX1500i instead. More expensive, but the EVGA Supernova is too loud and I don't want to deal with "should be good enough" units anymore. Anyone who needs this much power should consider the same imo.
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