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Pros: - Simple clean, design.
- The VESA mount is an excellent idea and works quite well.
Cons: - The front audio jacks are unnecessary.
- The USB ports up front should be USB3 with an adapter for USB2 just in case.
- There's no point in having the second, alternate AC adapter connector if the interior PS board is still limited to 80W.
- One of my cases came without the standard L-shaped adapter connector, rendering the entire machine useless. RMA'd with Antec and their support was good, but I'm now 2 weeks in waiting for the replacement.
Other Thoughts: This is the perfect case for an ITX build that doesn't need a video card or require an optical disc drive.
There seems to be a lot of comments about how difficult and tight things are when building for this case. Yes, this case is small, but there is plenty of room to work with and you can make things a lot easier by taking the front of the case off beforehand and organizing the wiring first before you install the motherboard. Inexperience and impatience shouldn't warrant losing an egg.
I've built dozens of these systems and with every single one, I've been able to easily locate the USB, front audio header, and front panel wiring all underneath the motherboard in order to retain a nice, clean cable-managed build without bending or warping. Small zip ties around the PSU wiring bundle and neatly tucking SATA cables can result in a very clean build with virtually no wiring covering any portion of the motherboard.
Once again, Antec gets a lot of things right with this case, but a couple of things wrong, such as the unnecessary audio jacks and lack of USB3 support. However, the rest of the case is nice. I am disappointed that one of my cases was missing the L-shaped AC adapter connector and despite how long its taken them to ship out a replacement, their customer service has kept me in the loop and was more than happy to make things right.
Pros: Light, thin, nice display, simple design.
Cons: -The battery life on this laptop is absolutely atrocious. I haven't gotten more than 3 hours out of this thing, even with Power4Gear installed. And this is after installing a fresh, clean copy of Windows without all the ASUS garbage.
- Way too much bloatware. You guys don't need to add software and tools that do things Windows can do just fine on its own. This is, unfortunately, a lesson that manufacturers will never learn. You build a machine with decent specs, then completely hose it with unnecessary software that kills performance right out of the box.
- No Bluetooth support. I know it's a budget machine, but given the fact you only get 2 USB ports, BT would be nice to maximize the number of devices you can connect to it.
- The touchpad is cheap, requires hard pressure for multi-gestures, and feels too hollow underneath. Add some extra support below it so it feels more solid. There is a lot of empty space inside this thing that could be filled with added plastic framework to add strength and reduce that "cheapy" feel. This would probably help the keyboard, too.
Other Thoughts: This is a great laptop for simple work tasks, e-mail, photo management, and other home office functions.
I fired it up for a few minutes out of the box just to make sure everything worked, then immediately yanked the drive and replaced it with a Samsung EVO SSD with a fresh install of Windows 7. The machine is incredibly quick and smooth now.
Unfortunately, the battery life is extremely poor, so I'll try to find an upgrade or replacement down the road.
This review is from: Antec ISK600 Black Aluminum / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: The case is well-designed and has Antec's signature simplistic look. Component locations are all where they should be and even a fairly loaded system still offers ample space.
You can put a massive graphics card, cooling unit, and tons of storage devices comfortably inside this thing.
The height of the motherboard screw mounts allows you to easily manage most of the USB, front audio jack, and front panel wiring underneath the motherboard. Depending on the design of your ITX motherboard, you might get away with stuffing a few power supply cables underneath as well.
Cons: I don't understand Antec. They put a lot of thought into the design, accessibility, and functionality of these cases, then completely overlook small, yet obvious design flaws. They do this with every single case they've designed; they get most everything right, but get a few really important things wrong.
There is absolutely no logical reason the left side of the case should have such minimal vent grating positioned towards the front for the graphics card. Not all cards pull or push air from one side. Many have dual fans positioned from the center. They designed this case to take a huge graphics card, yet provide virtually no means for it to get airflow. The entire left side of the case should be one large vent.
Likewise, the extremely weak power light should run off a two-pin connector to the motherboard instead of a full-blown molex. A modular power supply is the perfect companion for this case, but having to connect a string of molex connectors just for one power light is silly and unnecessary.
The sleek and simplistic design of the case is slightly marred by the cheap USB ports up front, both of which should simply be USB3.0.
Other Thoughts: The ISK 600 is another great case in a long line of Antec products that always meet my expectations. Unfortunately, some of those expectations are small little flaws that can be easily corrected to make what is currently a "great" case an excellent one.READ FULL REVIEW
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