Joined on 06/19/05
Very Very nice
Pros: OK first off. In some of the reviews thigs are getting confused between this case the 400BA and another NMEDIAPC case that is very similar in appearance. Basically this DOES NOT have the lcd readout for case temp etc... The case is light, strong, very compact, and sports some rather impressive air flow considering that it's holding a full ATX MoBo. The case looks very nice in the same rach with my home theater equipment. It blends right in, but it's housing a 5600+ X2, 2GB DDR2, 2 Segate Baracudas (200Gb, 300Gb), 2 MCE-500 dual tuner cards, nVidia7800, and a DL DVD-+R drive and is still well within acceptable temps.
Cons: Fans only blow IN (easy to fix, turn it arround) and use molex connectors not MB 3-pin. Not a big deal for me as I almost always swap out the fans for ActicCooling fans anyhow(the rubber bushings make a huge difference in the noise factor), but this is still a bummer and should have been done differently by nMEDIAPC Also the DVD door is a little confusing if this is your first HTPC case. 99% of all DVD drives will need their front drawer face removed, otherwise it will catch on the metal door of the case. Again not really a con but the manual should have explaned this for less experienced users. The only real con is that it is a little noisy. But again as soon as you upgrade the fans this becomes a non-point. Also once the computer was in my AV rack the sound became much less noticable and well within acceptable. nMEDIAPC starting using better fans!!!!!!! Builders, drop a whole $40 on better fans!!!!!
Overall Review: The cons aren't really that bad esp as most folks buying this case will be more experienced builders. There is a definate order that components MUST be installed in. This is due to the compact nature of the case. Some folks have not liked this fact. Really I see this as a non-point. If you want the compact size then deal with it. This just happens to be the nature of using a full ATX MoBo in a case that would normally only hold a M-ATX MoBo. The PS install is also a ittle odd, but in the end I really liked it. Again take your time and all will be well. Best words of advice, upgrade the fans, take your time on the install and enjoy. This is a very sexy HTPC case.
Nice but not as nice as they say
Pros: -Great air flow (once the fans are arranged properly) -Through and easy cable management -Spare parts tray in the base is nice -Positive pressure design works but no surprise there builders have done this for years -Very sturdy handles, nice even for those of us that don't go to LAN parties.
Cons: -Not nearly as modular as the literature and demo would make you believe. There really is only a couple of posible ways to arrange items. -Tons of screws, a modular case design like this should be more clip and thumbscrew oriented, also the guage of the screw heads varies, so you need a #3 and #2 phillips head. - Many of the better CPU coolers will not work in this case with the case fans in the installed positions. So there is a lot of re-configuring to do, and the cooler might interfere with your use of drive bays.
Overall Review: Newegg pared this with the Crosshair IV Extreme board from ASUS (extended ATX design) in one of their system packages. This case can not hold and extended ATX board without having to modify some of the drive supports. I saw that extended ATX was not officially supported by the case but thought that Newegg would have done their homework since there are plenty of cases that can hold the extended design and don't list it. I was very wrong. The fix was relatively easy but if you are not comfortable modding parts that I would think twice about this case.
Nice... Very Nice!
Pros: Another home run for ASUS. Clean, well documented, well featured and lots and lots of cables.
Cons: Not really a con but... They don't make it totally clear as to what utilities on the CD are nessisary and what are "fluf." This might lead new users to make their new build a little bloated. New builders, read the documentation so you don't install stuff you don't need.
Overall Review: Very sexy and a nice price.