Joined on 01/03/07
Great Computer Case
Pros: It's big, looks really nice, and isn't gaudy or ugly. If you want a case with a window and pretty lights, keep looking. It's quiet: sound deadening panels help keep the sound level down. The case isn't built particularly for overclocking, but if you're so inclined you can add more fans to the mounting brackets in front. The cable management behind the motherboard is really useful and keeps the case clear. Front door isn't flimsy. Silicon standoffs help reduce vibration to hard drives, thereby reducing sound further. Power supply is housed in a separate lower chamber, which gives your CPU more clearance. Silicon padding reduces PSU vibration as well. Multiple hard drive mounting locations (main chamber and lower chamber). Easy access to the front panel with hand screws. Two 120mm fans have fan speed control (low, med, high).
Cons: The default hard drive mount in the middle of the case sits right in front of the PCI-e 2.0 16x slot on my motherboard (and probably all ATX motherboards). I had to remove the mounting brackets for the hard drives and put them in the lower chamber with the PSU in order to give the video card (XFX Radeon 4870) good clearance. For $135, that's kind of disappointing. If you have security concerns, you should know that when closed the front panel door leaves the power and reset buttons reachable. The lock should disable said buttons, or cover them up. This is really minor problem (non-existent for me), but considering the price of the case, a little disappointing. Last thing: I got a non-modular PSU and couldn't hide all the cables behind the motherboard. The cable management system is fantastic, but I was forced to keep some cables in the lower chamber. A little more clearance with the cable management system would have been nice.
Overall Review: If you're looking to build a quiet computer, this is a great case to go with. All of the problems are really minor and easily dealt with. The case has a few minor issues, but the drive mount clearance problem with the video card is the biggest problem. It really is a great case, and I hate to give it 4/5, but for the price, I think it should be perfect (or closer to perfect).
Don't buy direct from SteelSeries
Pros: - Good action. - Mostly standard key layout. - Tactile.
Cons: - Keys a bit stiff. - Right shift is tiny and the | key is right next to it. This creates a lot of typos if you use the right shift AT ALL. - Very basic mechanical keyboard. - SteelSeries support is really slow and bad at getting back to you.
Overall Review: I bought This keyboard from SteelSeries directly since they had a sale around Christmas. The keyboard shipped the following week (whatever, Christmas time, but they said orders are processed on the 27th). First, I had to contact support to get my order confirmation and e-mail, as well as my tracking number. Once I got my keyboard, however, I noticed the weird right shift. Not terrible but annoying. Except when you're trying to type. There's no getting used to it either, it's just a really strange layout to take if you're going mostly standard. The keyboard itself has really stiff keys, for some reason, even for Black switches. I asked for an RMA, and after giving them my information, I have heard nothing from their support about this for a week. I'm probably not getting one of their products again.