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Antec ISK 110 VESA Black ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 90W External Adapter, Up to 92% Efficiency Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Tiny. Affordable.

Mesh side panel is about the next closest thing you can get to not having a side panel at all. It's such a blindingly obvious solution for fanless case design that I'm surprised more vendors don't do this kind of thing.

Cons: Not really sold on the quality of plastic that most of the case was built using, or build quality in general. Doesn't seem to hold together all that firmly and creaks under force of gravity when held in one hand.

4 USB ports on the front is nice, but if you're buying a case at this price point, you're probably also looking at a relatively similar price for motherboards... and more than 1 USB header on an ITX motherboard is a premium feature. You need 2 headers to connect all 4 ports.

Fan retention tabs on the underside of the ASRock H81M-ITX rendered one of the HDD slots unsuitable for a 9mm drive.

Small size means a lack of area to maneuver in when putting things together. It is possible to do so without further disassembly though -- I inserted the motheboard front end first, under the front panel apparatus, then laid it flat and slid it back to fit the I/O ports into place (don't forget to attach the I/O shield before doing so. I always forget.)

Other Thoughts: I pretty much echo a lot of other reviewers' thoughts. Seems like we all had similar goals in mind when we were putting things together.

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Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4820T-7633 NoteBook Intel Core i3 370M (2.40GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 14.0
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Svelte and handsome, like most Acer products. Reasonably high specs for a laptop at the time, yet also among the most lightweight. Relatively inexpensive.

Cons: In the hands of an aging parent this has suffered a shattered LCD and broken screen hinge, each a separate incident. It seems the low price and low weight come at the expense of build quality. The entire exterior is made of flimsy plastic which in most places is simply snapped together, and some of the internals are held in place with only epoxy.

The stock screen is glossy, which looks shiny and clear in a store but in real world use means you need to tilt it at a particular angle to reduce glare.

Keyboard back plate isn't particularly firm, and after a while will collapse inward slightly, causing key-presses to fail to connect.

Other Thoughts: Damaging the screen turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I was able to replace it with a much more usable matte screen.

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FirePower ModXStream Pro 600W 80Plus Semi-Modular High Performance ATX PC Power Supply 600MXSP, formerly PC Power & Cooling
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive. Modular.

Cons: Cables are a bit short, and you are limited to I believe only two for SATA.

I don't know how old this model of PSU is, but the inclusion of a molex cable seems unnecessary.

Maybe around 7 months in something inside started to burn and the BIOS began shutting it down automatically. Eventually it wouldn't start at all.

Other Thoughts: I was directed by tech support on how to jumpstart it, and it powered up again. Apparently the BIOS was oversensitive to power flux, so I changed some settings to deal with that as well.

To this day the unit is still running fine... but the experience has left me a bit skeptical of its long-term reliability, and I'll be unsurprised when it eventually fails.

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Display Name: Jason Y.

Date Joined: 06/26/06

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 05/17/13
  • Last Review: 07/17/14
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