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This review is from: Thermaltake Core V21 Black Extreme Micro ATX Cube Chassis CA-1D5-00S1WN-00
Pros: It's primarily an aesthetics case. The construction quality is good, the ability to switch things around for display purposes is nice, and the ability to customize the case is great.
Cons: So, my largest issue is space utilization. There's room for 3 2.5" drives, shoved haphazardly onto rails along side the motherboard. It's an interesting way to fit them in, but kind of an eye sore.
Additionally, the case is setup awkwardly. You have to pull at least two panels to get at anything, and the cut-out for the lower and upper section of the board is in the front. As the large primary fan is there, you're blowing air directly into a tangle of wiring. The air flow around the 3.5" drive bay is pretty difficult to get air moving through, and that could easily have been solved by moving it from the back of the case to the front. The open area around the drives is really more of an after thought to keep them from melting down.
Finally, the case is setup for an ODD. The front panel has a cut-out, and the aesthetic cover even has a plastic segment where one could be cut into the case. Despite this, there's no ODD capability offered. It's odd to have 90% of it there, then not have an ODD.. Obviously, it was designed with one in mind, but the feature was later cut.
Other Thoughts: Would I buy it again? Yes.
The problems I have with the case are easy to rectify. I built some holders, and installed a water pump. The fact that the case is huge for such small boards meant getting in a pair of 240mm long radiators wasn't a challenge.
A fully water cooled system running as an htpc is amazing. This case lets that happen, and does so while looking good. I can't really ask for too much more than that, though this case is a bit frustrating.
This review is from: Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Speaker
Pros: Decent aesthetics. Good construction material quality. Very good bass response in a small set of speakers.
Cons: I hope you love music composed 100% of bass. If you don't avoid these speakers.
Put simply, the mid range and high range frequencies don't effectively get reproduced at all. Listening to rap and metal, it isn't too bad. Normal human conversations, as well as music with anything beyond bass, are nearly garbled by the speakers.
Other Thoughts: The important question is whether I'd buy these speakers again. Nope.
I need to be able to hear mid range for conversations, and these speakers simply don't produce it.
My rating is based upon the quality of the speakers. 3/5 for build quality. 0/5 for sound reproduction. I'm rounding down because these things are simply ineffective as speakers.
This review is from: DEEPCOOL TESSERACT BF Mid Tower Computer Case SGCC+PLASTIC+RUBBER COATING
Pros: The case is relatively low cost. It offers plenty of expandability, a decently well thought out selection of cable routing holes, and it's pretty reasonably to state that all you'll need for the entire build is a Phillips screw driver.
Cons: So, the compromises for lower cost are pretty apparent. The case side panels provide part of the structure, so there's vibrational noise when you run the system without the case fans being properly affixed.
The fan mounts aren't properly sized. I had to open up the two fan mounting points over the 3.5" drive bays with a 3/16" drill bit to get the fans to screw in. The top and back fans did not share this issue for some reason.
There's not enough room for an AIO water cooler. Between the recession for the rear 120 mm fan being surprisingly shallow, and the the top mount being incapable of fitting anything thicker than a standard 120 mm fan, your liquid cooling options are custom case only. That is made up for with the knock-outs for tubing in the back of the case, but if you're spending a couple of hundred dollars on a custom water loop why would you buy a low cost case.
Other Thoughts: The real question is whether I'd buy the case again. Right now it's sitting in a closet, and acting as my home media server. For that particular usage, the case is great. I'd rate it even high than 3 eggs, but that's an insanely niche situation.
If you want a no frills case, this isn't bad. If the case is on display anywhere, I'd suggest something slightly more...aesthetically oriented. Honestly, 4/5 for functionality, 2/5 for aesthetics, 2/5 for construction, and 5/5 for value. I came to a 3 egg value because the extra effort to mount fans demanded I round down as a penalty.
Overall, not a bad case for utilitarians.
Display Name: Robert S.
Date Joined: 11/17/06
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