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Jarrod G.

Jarrod G.

Joined on 08/02/04

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Most Favorable Review

A great case that should be an excellent one.

Antec ISK600 Black Aluminum / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Antec ISK600 Black Aluminum / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: The case is well-designed and has Antec's signature simplistic look. Component locations are all where they should be and even a fairly loaded system still offers ample space. You can put a massive graphics card, cooling unit, and tons of storage devices comfortably inside this thing. The height of the motherboard screw mounts allows you to easily manage most of the USB, front audio jack, and front panel wiring underneath the motherboard. Depending on the design of your ITX motherboard, you might get away with stuffing a few power supply cables underneath as well.

Cons: I don't understand Antec. They put a lot of thought into the design, accessibility, and functionality of these cases, then completely overlook small, yet obvious design flaws. They do this with every single case they've designed; they get most everything right, but get a few really important things wrong. There is absolutely no logical reason the left side of the case should have such minimal vent grating positioned towards the front for the graphics card. Not all cards pull or push air from one side. Many have dual fans positioned from the center. They designed this case to take a huge graphics card, yet provide virtually no means for it to get airflow. The entire left side of the case should be one large vent. Likewise, the extremely weak power light should run off a two-pin connector to the motherboard instead of a full-blown molex. A modular power supply is the perfect companion for this case, but having to connect a string of molex connectors just for one power light is silly and unnecessary. The sleek and simplistic design of the case is slightly marred by the cheap USB ports up front, both of which should simply be USB3.0.

Overall Review: The ISK 600 is another great case in a long line of Antec products that always meet my expectations. Unfortunately, some of those expectations are small little flaws that can be easily corrected to make what is currently a "great" case an excellent one.

11/11/2014
Most Critical Review

Got another scratched up case. That's THREE now.

Antec ISK 310-150 Black / Silver 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply
Antec ISK 310-150 Black / Silver 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150W Power Supply

Pros: As I mentioned in my previous review, the case is well designed (architecturally), suits the parts I put into it, and has plenty of juice to power it all. It's perfect for a media center or a simple desktop machine that doesn't hog desk space.

Cons: Once again, I receive another case that has scratches all over the front. And once again, these are not minor blemishes. The entire front of the case looks absolutely awful. I know you guys at Antec keep an eye on reviews, so I'm surprised you had nothing to say about the three faulty units I received in my previous order (two had a bad PSU, one was scratched up, and the replacement unit was scratched, too). You need to handle and package these cases in a manner that doesn't allow the front to be exposed against any kind of surface, even when it's wrapped in plastic.

Overall Review: Antec makes fantastic products and I've been a fan for a long time, but this is the THIRD case, in a row, that I've purchased where the front is completely annihilated. I've e-mailed them about this with no response, so I guess I'll just keep giving what should be a great product a horrible review until something is done about it. There's simply no excuse for such poor quality control and surely I'm not the only person with this problem.

Another almost excellent case from Antec.

Antec ISK 110 VESA Black ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 90W External Adapter, Up to 92% Efficiency Power Supply
Antec ISK 110 VESA Black ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 90W External Adapter, Up to 92% Efficiency Power Supply

Pros: - Simple clean, design. - The VESA mount is an excellent idea and works quite well.

Cons: - The front audio jacks are unnecessary. - The USB ports up front should be USB3 with an adapter for USB2 just in case. - There's no point in having the second, alternate AC adapter connector if the interior PS board is still limited to 80W. - One of my cases came without the standard L-shaped adapter connector, rendering the entire machine useless. RMA'd with Antec and their support was good, but I'm now 2 weeks in waiting for the replacement.

Overall Review: This is the perfect case for an ITX build that doesn't need a video card or require an optical disc drive. There seems to be a lot of comments about how difficult and tight things are when building for this case. Yes, this case is small, but there is plenty of room to work with and you can make things a lot easier by taking the front of the case off beforehand and organizing the wiring first before you install the motherboard. Inexperience and impatience shouldn't warrant losing an egg. I've built dozens of these systems and with every single one, I've been able to easily locate the USB, front audio header, and front panel wiring all underneath the motherboard in order to retain a nice, clean cable-managed build without bending or warping. Small zip ties around the PSU wiring bundle and neatly tucking SATA cables can result in a very clean build with virtually no wiring covering any portion of the motherboard. Once again, Antec gets a lot of things right with this case, but a couple of things wrong, such as the unnecessary audio jacks and lack of USB3 support. However, the rest of the case is nice. I am disappointed that one of my cases was missing the L-shaped AC adapter connector and despite how long its taken them to ship out a replacement, their customer service has kept me in the loop and was more than happy to make things right.

Decent notebook, but could be a LOT better with a few tweaks.

ASUS D550CA-RS31 15.6" Intel Core i3-3217U (1.80GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD Windows 8 64-Bit Laptop
ASUS D550CA-RS31 15.6" Intel Core i3-3217U (1.80GHz) 6GB Memory 500GB HDD Windows 8 64-Bit Laptop

Pros: Light, thin, nice display, simple design.

Cons: -The battery life on this laptop is absolutely atrocious. I haven't gotten more than 3 hours out of this thing, even with Power4Gear installed. And this is after installing a fresh, clean copy of Windows without all the ASUS garbage. - Way too much bloatware. You guys don't need to add software and tools that do things Windows can do just fine on its own. This is, unfortunately, a lesson that manufacturers will never learn. You build a machine with decent specs, then completely hose it with unnecessary software that kills performance right out of the box. - No Bluetooth support. I know it's a budget machine, but given the fact you only get 2 USB ports, BT would be nice to maximize the number of devices you can connect to it. - The touchpad is cheap, requires hard pressure for multi-gestures, and feels too hollow underneath. Add some extra support below it so it feels more solid. There is a lot of empty space inside this thing that could be filled with added plastic framework to add strength and reduce that "cheapy" feel. This would probably help the keyboard, too.

Overall Review: This is a great laptop for simple work tasks, e-mail, photo management, and other home office functions. I fired it up for a few minutes out of the box just to make sure everything worked, then immediately yanked the drive and replaced it with a Samsung EVO SSD with a fresh install of Windows 7. The machine is incredibly quick and smooth now. Unfortunately, the battery life is extremely poor, so I'll try to find an upgrade or replacement down the road.

Great CPU, the one that works, that is.

Intel Core i7-4770 - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770
Intel Core i7-4770 - Core i7 4th Gen Haswell Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 84W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646I74770

Pros: Fast, low power usage, and it stays cool with the stock fan and heatsink inside a case with proper ventilation and airflow.

Cons: My first processor was, surprisingly, DOA. In the 20 years I've been building PC's, I've come across my fair share of bad parts, but the processor has never been one of them until now. When my new system wouldn't fire up, I was convinced it was the motherboard, PSU, memory; anything other than the CPU. There's a first time for everything. I RMA'd it with NewEgg and had my replacement in less than a week.

Good, but could be great with a little work.

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - The design is simple, clean, and functional. It has everything you need and nothing you don't. - The PSU vent on the bottom of the case is a nice touch, as is the ability to add three extra fans. - Case is nice, quiet, and cool, even fully loaded with fans.

Cons: - The bottom left corner on the back was dented, but not significant enough to be visible or problematic. - The cable management holes on the backplate should have rubber grommets. - The front panel wires and cables aren't long enough to be properly utilized in a true "cable-managed" fashion. Front panel headers are almost always located at the bottom of the motherboard, therefore if you really want to keep them totally out of sight and mind, they need to be arranged in a manner that goes around the drive cage while not interfering with any of the 5.25" bays. The USB cord makes it, but not the front audio, switches, or the LED wires. Sure, all motherboards are different, but these connections are going to be the farthest away from top front of the case no matter what you buy.

Overall Review: I really like Antec, but they continue to frustrate me with their line of cases that, with just a little extra effort, could be 'great' instead of just 'really good.'