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This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: Very elegant styling. So many cases look so .... juvenile. But this case is very professional looking. Add some subtle LED effects and it is very impressive.
All cases should have this type of side latch mechanism. The side doors are easy to remove and there are no small screw threads to strip. Love the removable filters. I really like the drive bay and have used it many times.
Cons: Corsair has not sent me my rebate after 3 months. This is not the first time Corsair has acknowledged receipt of my rebate but failed to deliver. Never take a mail-in rebate into account in a buying decision for a Corsair part.
No 20-pin USB 3 cable. After all these years you'd thing they would have fixed this. I refuse to route cabels thru the case and out the back to an external I\O plate USB connection.
Barely adequate cable room in the back. If they had only moved the mobo tray a little bit over it would have been a wonderful case.
Only 1 intake fan to 2 exhaust fans.
Lots of gromets, except right in front of the typical SATA connections on the mobo. Seriously? Even though I'd appreciate having an appropriately placed cable hole in front of the SATA ports, I made due by looping the extra length of cables and going thru a different hole.
The front panel is very difficult to remove. Most Corsair cases have front panels that come off fairly easily but you need to carefully pry this one off. Why do they hate me?
I'm only taking off 1 egg, even for all of these shortcomings. I think because beauty, while only skin deep, affects my judgement. :-)
Other Thoughts: To compensate for the negative pressure design, I removed the grill in front of the 200mm intake and replaced the stock 200mm fan with a Bitfenix 200mm. Then I also cut out a part of the bottom for a 140mm Bitfenix intake fan. I kept the stock 200mm exhaust fan and the CPU exhaust fan. She now runs very quietly and has a posative case pressure.
If you like black, you will love this case. However, it can be a dark cave inside this beast. Upon receipt, I gutted the case of all removable parts and sprayed the interior with gun-metal gray. Now I can see the parts I added like cables, gromets, and such.
This review is from: Sony BDP-S790 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player w/ Built-in Wi-Fi
Pros: Responsive unit. My 6 year old Sony BD player took about 30 seconds to open, the 790 opens up immediately.
Cons: Text input for searches\etc is slow and old fashioned. It would be nice if it could predict the word you are typing.
Other Thoughts: The network update can be confusing. I performed the update the first thing and it progressed to about 30 percent and then went blank. The instructions say to not turn off the player during the update, but after 1 hr I had to do something not knowing if the unit was hung or not. I power cycled the unit and it came up fine and apparently the update was successful. Would have been nice if the progress bar went to 100 pct and there was some acknowledgement.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I'm updating my review of a couple days ago. I still believe this case to be well made. The features it provides are quality, with possible the exception of the PSU. I found the Kensington lock, but without documentation to show where it is it is difficult to know it exists.
Regarding the PSU, which is a TFX factor of course, there really isn't much to choose from in the industry. Also, if you cut the plastic tie which bundles all of the cables to the floor of the case the CPU cable will reach its connection. Crossing my fingers wit just the 4-pin CPU plug, the system booted up fine. It runs fairly quietly. However, because it is only a 4-pin CPU cable I doubt I'll be able to push my chip very hard.
The detachable harddrive cage is very nice. The build went together easy enough.
Cons: A lack of documentation leads the consumer to wonder about several features.
No USB 3. The website says that it is an option but there is no info on how to acquire it and no links to any optional parts. Perhaps if there was some documentation ....
Other Thoughts: The PPCT plate is nice, but it limits your memory selection to low profile sticks. I bought some quality memory to match my motherboard and couldn't install the PPCT plate. However, with a Dremel I was able to cut out part of the plastic and it fit over the memory.
The side fan slot is nice. But beware that once you push your 80mm fan in there it is locked in place and in there for good unless you know how to get it out (because of course, there is no documentation). My 80mm fan failed right away and I had to literally cut it out of the case bracket. After all of that, I discovered that all you have to do is push the bracket towards the front and it pops out. No way to tell that though.
In spite of its shortcomings, I think it's the best micro ATX case available for the price. If it had USB 3 and documentation I'd give it 5 eggs.
You will be challenged to add more than 1 expansion card, but then understand that you are building in a micro ATX case.