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Pros: Let's face it. A case like this will only ever have two Pros. And that is CHEAP and LIGHT WEIGHT.
Surprisingly no sharp corners encountered yet. So it hasn't drawn first blood. I don't really call this a pro but I did want to mention it.
Cons: There are a lot of odd things that bother me. Many of these you expect with a cheap case but I will list them anyway.
1) Only has 4 metal MB screw standoffs. The rest are frankenclips that screw in to the case holes but have plastic compression clips that just pop in the holes of the MB. If you have extras laying around they should work as they appear to be standard size.
2) One of my usb ports was bent in a way that was already there when it was assembled. Easily bent back but obvious QA issue.
3) One of the internal 3.5 slots is just holes in the bottom of the case to mount the drive to the case floor it appears. The other 3.5 slot is the place where a floppy would go.
4) An addendum to number 3. The case has half of a drive bay. When looking at the side in the pics you see obvious places to mount drives. But the other half of the cage is Missing. As in never designed to be there apparently. You can't even put 5 1/4 stuff there. Appears to be obvious case of reusing parts from other designs.
5) VERY flimsy. We all know that budget cases are flimsy. But I kept having the backplate bend on me while trying to insert the port plate. So this one is a little flimsier than normal.
6) No plastic or rubber feet. Just metal bumps on the bottom.
7) No metal behind the cover. You know where you would normally install extra fans. When you pull the front cover off it's just a giant gaping hole of nothing.
8) The look of the plastic is uber low end.
9) The metal covers on the PCI slots are the pop out kind. Once out they can never go back in. And half of them are designed a little different than the other half. Half are square and cover just the backplate. The other hald go around so that the top of the slot is also 'cut out' which probably aids in adding some cards. Just seems odd.
Other Thoughts: At the end of the day it is what it is. A cheap case to build a Farmville box for Mom. If this hadn't been part of an eggsaver deal I would have never used it. As others have said, you can get equally cheap priced cases that are built better. But it is a box and it holds a budget PC and it does the one thing you need it to do. I would have given it three eggs just because I mostly knew what I was getting but the physical damage on the USB port that was a QA miss made me decide to drop it a little.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * Powersupply has 20+4 as well as 4 pin power so should fit most MB's
* Case uses standard 80MM Fan so replacement is easy if it goes bad
* Fans in case and PS are very quiet
* PS mounted forward so plenty of room to mount everything else and a full size CPU cooler.
* All in one power button that is also lit for power and changes color for disk activity. Not too bright which is a big plus.
* MB backplate snapped in very easily
* Front cover easy to remove
* Sheet metal stronger feeling than my other cases
* Good cable length on PS and 2 SATA power plugs
* I like the cooling setup. PS has own fan and pulls air from front cover. Vents on bottom of both sides pull cool air in and up and out the back
* No company logo's. In fact I see these sold by different companies when they are obviously the exact same case. So buy the cheapest one you see.
Cons: * Small dings in paint on all 5 cases. Was in the plastic and the paint. Almost like grit was in the metal forming machine. Hard to notice under normal conditions but obvious in reflected light.
* (Nit-Pick) No reset button
* (Nit-Pick) Protective plastic is part of the metal before it is formed. So you have to remove the cover and do a lot of pulling to get all the plastic off
* Some mini itx cases have both HD and AC97 audio plugs. This is HD only so if you need AC97 you have to mod it
* Case fan is 2 wire only
* Unlike some cases the structure prevents a scredriver from going straight down to tighten the MB screws. So it might take a little to get the screws started.
* Only room for one 3.5 drive unless you use bracket. Some other similar cases can hold 2
* (Nit Pick) No way to add an internal floppy if by some miracle you needed one
* PCI filler plate sticks a little far beneath the case so be careful not to scratch anything
* Shorter than some so be wary of card length
Other Thoughts: Overall I love this case. I have 5 apex cases and just ordered 5 of these because the price finally dropped to the same as my apex's. At the same price I prefer this case much better even with the cons listed above. If all you need is a simple mini-itx that is comparitively easy to put together then this is a good buy. I am using intel Atom boards with no cpu/chipset fan and this case it totally silent.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good, solid, cheap server board or email/surfing system.
Cons: The Chipset fans are notorious for early failure.
Other Thoughts: Just a quick update to my previous review. I use mine for a Samba server and I also was experiencing issues where the ethernet port would drop out and then recover about a minute later. I updated the BIOS from the 2008 version it came with to the newest 2009 version and so far this appears to have cleared the issue. Even though I could not find anything in the release notes for the new firmware related to Ethernet it has so far cleared it for me. If this doesn't fix your system then RMA the boad and get a new one. I have four of these now and two of them exibited that behavior. So far they both appear to be fixed after the flash updates.READ FULL REVIEW
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