Date Joined: 11/08/08
Pros: Good price
Cons: Feels cheap
plastic is worn very easily, I have only used this a few times and the connector already looks damaged
Overall Review: get the metal one
Pros: 3rd gen i5
Price: $450 on Black Friday
Overall Review: I could buy two of these for the price of a MacBook Air and have some money left over.
Pros: Looks pretty from the outside.
Cons: Front panel USB 3.0 mounts via external cable to rear USB 3.0
- Only reaches if you do not have any PCI cards installed
- As the cable just hardly reaches the rear of the case, it does so diagonally resulting in an unsightly patchworked slapped together appearance, not something you’d expect from a premium case from a premium case provider
- Requires one to use the USB 3.0 at the rear of the case or to buy a USB3.0 external to internal adapter cable to mount to USB 3.0 on MOBO)
Front panel Audio
- Reaches the connection on the motherboard by hugging it along its way there.
- The cable is not long enough to allow it to be hidden either behind other cables or from the backside of the case
- May not reach for some with larger cards
- The case only came with 5 screws properly threaded for the 6 posts the case came with yes 6.
- The case only came with 6 motherboard posts, the standard ATX motherboard requires 9
SSD Drive mounting location
- Too close to the bottom of the case to allow for proper power & Sata cabling.
- Requires one to attach the end of the Sata cable that would customarily be attached to the Mobo to the SSD, and so the SSD end to the Mobo, results in odd appearance and cabling.
- Requires one to either use a solo power cable from my power supply, or daisy chain a power cable in a looping fashion (you’ll waste space with wires or develop an odd appearance either way)
Hard Drive Bay
- Screw-holes do not match up with standard screw holes for 3.5'' disk drives (with one of the bays - I expected to use 7 drives, now I use 4).
- If used with two intake fans (one in the rear of the bay and one in the front of the bay,) does not accommodate hard drives between the two, or cabling for that matter.
- Not possible to use hard drives or secondary intake fan with the drive bay in the middle of the case as there is not enough room remaining for a mid length graphics card, for motherboard cabling, or the sata/power cabling of the hard drives.
- Bays must be screw-in/unscrewed to clean filters (so one either has to take both panels off, or not completely mount the bay the case and just let their drives rattle rock and roll) - some sort of firm clipping would have worked great.
Rear of case - There are a few holes that serve to accommodate switches for fan control. The case does not come with a plug for an unused hole.
Case panels don't provide one with confidence when mounting them to the case from an upright position.
No on/off switches for the front fan lights.
Overall Review: I've been an Antec fanboy for over a decade. I don't know what to do after this case.
I'd like my money back, but that's not going to happen..
Pros: I don't put my stamp of approval on many things - This gets one.
For the common user
- Boots up as fast as my 55’’ Inch tv powers on. I am at my start page when it as soon as I have a picture on my tv.
- Tiles are great most of what people use electronic devices for are very simple tasks that only require simple applications with simple interfaces. The Windows 8 App store satisfies this requirement, and the live tile solution is both appealing and refreshing.
- Windows 8 App store, it has all of the actual apps that I use on my android phone and tablet, as well as those that my girlfriend uses on her android phone, kindle fire, and IPad 3.
- For those of you who like excessive amounts of apps, rarely used apps, wow this was an interesting app - but I never use it, type of apps, don’t worry it has those too...
For the advance user
I’m going to start with a little story about the start menu.
The last time I used the start menu for for its application, program files, control panel, or anything else that was there at the time... was in windows 95 or maybe 98. Any advance or high frequency user took the short cuts of the 3-11 applications that they used most and put them on the desktop or quick launch, thereby reducing their clicks to open from say 2-4 depending how deep the shortcut was in the start menu to a single click (quick launch, or double or single click of a desktop icon depending on your settings.) I used win+r with a couple of up or down arrows to scroll through history for everything else.
Experimented with not using shortcuts on desktop/quick launch, but ultimately never really ended up using the start menu anyway. I really only go to the start menu at this point to right click computer and go to management, or to access the control panel.
Never personally used, I’ve only been on it when fixing other peoples computers
Win key + typing - to search and run anything in the indexed directory. Which one could say its a great start menu feature, but its not really a feature of the start menu. That is one doesn't have to use the start menu at all to use it. It could be completely disassociated from the start menu and be every bit as functional, and while you’re at it just get rid of the start menu its not used for anything else... Oh wait there’s the control panel, computer management.
Microsoft finally removes the start menu a feature I’ve used less than 5% of its functionality for... lets see if I can do the math .. 2012-1995... 17 years (I’m pretty sure I've removed it myself before too.)
Win key + typing to search & run, still there, with a significant upgrade, you can now search applications/settings/files and through individual apps as well. The feature is just as fast if not faster than in windows 7.
A simple user wouldn't use the start menu for anything else... a power user... may use it for computer management/control panel -
Overall Review: (I mean.. may, its Windows after all, there’s usually about 15 ways to do something, you find the way you like to.)
Anyways, you now right click the “invisible/hidden” start menu, instead of left click it. The start menu is arguably still there, it just looks incredibly simple, concise and to the point. you get the following with just one or two clicks (if you hotkey to replace the second): Programs & Features, Power Options, Event Viewer, System, Device Manager, Disk Management, Computer Management, Command Prompt & Admin, Task Manager, Control Panel, File Explorer, Search, Run, and Hide/show/toggle Desktop.
Beefed up task manager, great sharing options, more details with anything file related, transfer, copying, extracting, and navigation.
Synergy between Microsoft office products user interface and Windows.
I’m pretty sure Microsoft collected date regarding frequency of actions and use of applications, and then how people complete these actions and use these applications, counted the seconds of mouse movement and numbers of clicks, and then sought out ways to reduce the seconds and clicks. If they did then they did a darn good job, if they didn't then whoever headed-up the new efficiency changes is brilliant.
This operating system is so fast, not only with its handling of hardware, but with its ability to allow a user to navigate at incredible speeds (by reducing the user input required to navigate.)
A little rant.
I just don’t get all of the fuss over the new start menu “NO START MENU, MICROSOFT DID SOMETHING SO DUMB.” Why are people posting these comments and then posting about the intelligence of others? Windows 8 is every-bit as strong, heck it is stronger for the power-user than windows 7, while allowing a new multi-platform interface. The interface is great, it is, but if you don’t like it, don’t use it. Windows has always offered several ways to use your hardware the way you want to. Not all operating systems afford you several ways of completing tasks, Windows ability to do so has always been and will continue to be Windows greatest strength. If you prefer to have someone else dictate exactly how you use your hardware, well you should have done your shopping first (there are options out there.)