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Pros: I love this case for the *price* and *purpose*.
Are there HTPC cases that are much better? Sure. Are they better dollar-for-dollar? Not in my experience.
Could they improve on the layout inside? A bit, yes.
Overall, I own two of these cases and I'm returning to buy two more. I have purchased about a dozen other budget HTPC cases, and I prefer these.
They are roomy without being too large. Nothing feels cramped, yet they're small enough to fit in with your AV components and blend well.
Cons: Fit-and-finish not comparable to $200 cases (makes sense) .. Internal layout could be optimized slightly.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very low power board, considering the amount of power. CPU can be set to aggressively scale low/high power. All drivers identified/pnp-install under Win-8. Great for media box because it stays relatively cool (key word: relatively, compared to older ITX options).
Cons: IMPORTANT: The Realtek Network Card (NIC) needs to be updated. Win8 will claim to install the proper drivers, but will not run properly. Same with Ubuntu.
It will appear to be properly installed and will throw you for a loop. Make sure to update before anything else!
Don't download the driver through the ECS site, get the latest 8111E driver directly from Realtek to get the latest. Should be 8.2 or later. This will fix the issue.
ALSO: It has only two (2) SATA ports. It also has two Mini-PCI-Express ports. One of these can be used for a Mini-PCI-Express -to- 2xSATA port. The mPCIE ports *cannot* be used for mSATA.
This review is from: APRICORN ADW-USB-KIT IDE/PATA/SATA to USB HDD Adapter
Pros: When it works, this is fine. Slow, but you can access either 3.5" IDE, 2.5" IDE, or SATA.
Cons: I've had this thing actually ruin a number of older IDE drives. They would be working fine, then I would connect to this, and after 20 minutes or so, the drive would no longer function.
Out of roughly 120 uses, this has occurred maybe 10 times.
Also, because the connectors do not fit well, it's possible that if you're in a rush or not paying attention, you can bend pins or short something.
Overall, this is a poorly designed item. If it was the only option on the market, it might get you by; however, I'd suggest finding an alternative, which I'm doing on NewEgg now.