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APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
  • Steel Micro ATX Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 Port ; 2 x Audio Port Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

3 out of 5 eggs Great Design. Could be better quality. 02/10/2014

This review is from: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case


-Cheap (Was on sale for <$20)
-Handle (The main selling point)
-Fits Full ATX Power Supplies
-Has a Fan (Which I upgraded)
-Surprisingly good at cooling
-Tons of room for hard drives
-Mostly sturdy (Hasn't broken)
-Light (When being moved)
-Accessories (Screws, etc)
-It just looks nice (Look at it!)


-No USB 3.0 or eSATA ports (While it is a cheap case, there are similarly priced ones with these features)
-Can't fit full size graphics cards (I was able to fit my 2GB Radeon 7850 with an aftermarket cooler)
-Had to RMA (I actually got TWO defective cases, but I just kept the 2nd one to avoid the hassle)
-Some parts are flimsy (While it is a cheap case, I wish the side panel/power button were better)
-Bad Customer Support (Hard to contact, being told false information, etc)

Other Thoughts:

All that I can say is that you get what you pay for. Now don't get me wrong- the design of the case isn't bad. However, the quality is, and there are several things that could easily be improved.

For one, APEX needs to start inspecting the cases before being shipped out.

I ordered one last summer, and the case was simply useless- The tabs that held the handle in place were snapped off, causing the entire top of the case to come off. Keep in mind that the box was in perfect shape, so it didn't happen during transit. After sending it in for RMA, I got a new one- this time, with new problems. The side panel had an ugly dent with paint missing, and the front USB/Audio Ports were defective (they caused the computer to freeze or reboot when plugging something in). I decided NOT to do another RMA because of the hassle, and just keep the case as-is.

Some quality checks would really go a long way...

Other than that, I got false information before I ordered the case when I called APEX. I asked them how long the space between the back of the case and the hard drive slots were (Where you install the graphics card), and I was told that it was 2-3" longer then it really was. So, I ordered this case after being told that it would fit my 2GB Asus Radeon 7850 GPU. Imagine the surprise (and anger) I had when I found out that the case was too short! Fortunately, I found a shorter GPU heatsink which would make my graphics card shorter (and cooler!), which enabled me to install it inside of the case.



Other than that, great case!

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