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ORICO 2598SUS3 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: it supports both esata and usb 3.0

Cons: i tried to put a popular intel 520 SSD into it and it took almost an hour just to get it to fit. i had to put it in at exactly the right angle and apply a lot of tension to get the lid to re-close. it would have been MUCH easier to just use a screw system instead of this "hot-swap" idea. i don't know if it's just a problem with the intel 520 SSD, or if the orico case i received was just out of tolerance. i know the intel 520 is 9.5mm, which should be supported by the Orico according to the documentation. i tried testing with a different laptop spinning drive and that one did fit in easier. i dread having to swap that 520 drive again!

Also, now that the SSD is in there, i can hear it flapping around when i tip it over. on one end it's being held in by the SATA/Power connector, but there is nothing to stabilize it on the other end. I will probably end up stuffing some foam in it to keep the drive from flopping around.

VANTEC NST-280SU3-BK Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: the usb3 works well.

Cons: the esata chip is flakey. looking at all the other reviews, i see that the problem is pretty widespread. it worked at first, but it started disconnecting more and more often until it's at the point now where computers won't recognize it in esata mode at all.

i've tested it with several computers, and two different esata cables so i'm sure it's the case's fault. and since it works with usb3, it can't be my SSD.

Other Thoughts: it's too bad they used a poorly engineered esata chip - everything else on enclosure is pretty nice.

In Win BK644. SFF mATX Computer Case with 300W Haswell Ready power supply, PPCT, USB2.0 x 4, HD audio, Air Filter
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I bought this case 2.4 years ago - wow! I put an i5 in it and the beefiest graphics card that would fit in the slot at the time (Radeon HD 5770).

After all this time I can safely say that I would definitely buy this one again. I have built many HTPCs over the years and this has been my favorite case.

The cooling in it is excellent. My build has plenty of computing horsepower but it never gets too hot, and the interior stays pretty clean. Because of the efficient cooling and 300 watt power supply, you can build a rig that will play some pretty intensive games that many HTPCs or laptops would choke on. Yet, it's very small - about the size of a shoe box if a shoe box were square.

It's very good looking, and the overall build quality is satisfactory. Just looking at it, you would think it would cost more than it really does.

Cons: There is only one complaint - the power supply isn't the highest quality. It doesn't weigh much, looks cheap, and I've read that some people have had them burn out. I knew that when I bought it and decided that since the price of the case was so reasonable, I could afford to replace it with a higher quality one down the road.

So far my power supply is still kicking, but its fan did die about 9 months ago. Replacing the fan was easy and cheap. If it came with a high quality power supply, (even if the price went up a bit), I would have given it one more star.

Other Thoughts: Next time I build an HTPC, I'll probably use this case.


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Display Name: Luke C.

Date Joined: 09/08/04

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 07/20/07
  • Last Review: 05/20/13
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