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Rosewill Armer RX200-APU3-25B- External 2.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Seems well made; easy open/close; built-in (short) USB 3.0 cable

Cons: Still have to try these (bought 2) but other reviewers are correct: this is definitely a plastic case, with a thin aluminum layer on top for cosmetic effect. Will have to see how it handles heat. I will use for periodic backups; would not want to use for long/continual use.

Other Thoughts: Will post follow-up review if heat is a problem.

APEX Black Steel DS-539 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Decent Little Case 10/10/2014

This review is from: APEX Black Steel DS-539 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Decent layout and size, set-up was fairly easy. Pretty good for such an inexpensive case.
Keeps pretty cool

Cons: 1. Some of the metal edges are a little sharp
2. One USB 2.0 slot in front not working (could be MB but doubt it). After full assembly, not worth RMA since still have 5 USB 2.) and 4 USB 3.0 working.
3. MB Backplane does not fit snugly
4. See note below

Other Thoughts: If you buy this case, definitely also buy an SATA 3 cable with a right angle connector. The drive cage is very close to the edge of case, so a straight connector will not allow the cover to close.
I replaced the stock 80MM fan with a quieter Cooler Master fan from Newegg. Today have been running the PC for 6 hours loading software and updating Win 7 and it has stayed pretty cool (running stock Intel fan on a Core i5 3570K-not OC'd)

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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Good price; nice looking unit; small and light; easy installation; seems quite fast; only one USB port needed to power.

Cons: Minor--SSD fits a little loosely (need to put a very thin layer of foam sheeting in to hold snugly), but I tested with an old SATA 2.5" HD from my notebook and it fit very nicely.


JOSEPH S.'s Profile

Display Name: JOSEPH S.

Date Joined: 11/05/03

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/26/03
  • Last Review: 10/10/14
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