Date Joined: 07/20/01
Pros: The stand-offs are built into the case. The extra stand-offs are for non-traditional motherboard holes. It's just one of the features that makes building in this case easier than any other case I've worked on. Everything about it makes sense. It has plenty of drive space...the 4 included fans keep everything cool...not a single scrape or cut on my fingers (that's a first). It's obvious the person who designed this knew a lot about building computers.
Cons: Doors look very thin and don't slip on and off easily. I'd prefer no lights on the front fans, but at least they match the blue light on the power supply (which faces down so that the blue light from it's fan spills out from underneath the case)
Overall Review: I got it for a video workstation at my office. Has the room and cooling I needed. 4 HDDs, huge CPU cooler, 6850 card, large audio card and large RAID card, Blu Ray burner and card reader all went in like they were made for this case. Makes me want to replace my home case with this.
Pros: Low price. Able to fit a ASUS Rampage II , i7 930, Radeon 5770, Intensity Pro Capture Card, 2 DVD/BD Drives, 3.5" card reader/eSata panel, and 4 HDs into a portable case. I've got an HD workstation that can be lifted with one hand (though it's kinda heavy for one hand).
Cons: It's a tight fit putting all that into this case, and some pieces are pushing against others, but everything works...so far. If you use a front fan, I suggest getting one of the slim 120mms, my HDs are bumped up against my standard fan and vibrated loudly until I stuck a thin piece of rubber between them. I ordered a slim one. Lots of places inside this thing are razor sharp. Rear fan seems noisy, ordered a replacement fan there too.
Overall Review: I got this case to transform my video editing workstation into a portable unit for capturing uncompressed video in the field. My first attempt to keep as much of my old 775 system was a disappointment. Finally took the i7 plunge and the Rampage II motherboard was the key to making it all come together. This little black box now bristles with multimedia inputs and outputs and inside is enough power and storage to edit uncompressed HD video. It took me a while, but I finally got my dream machine inside a portable package.
Pros: Easy to set up. The interface is so simple, even a technophobe can operate it. My cable box remote was so cheap, you had to practically stand 4 feet in front of the box to change the channel. This remote works from anywhere in my living room.
Cons: Sometimes a piece of equipment will get out of sync with the remote, but the help button usually solves that problem pretty quick.
Overall Review: I used to have to rewire the inputs and call up on-screen menus whenever we switched from DVD to cable to digital media player. Now I push 'activities' button and the LCD screen asks me which I want to watch...it does the rest. So simple even guests can use it instantly.
Pros: Got this for my 8 year old because she was always borrowing our iPod Classic. It's tiny but does everything the iPod does and a few extras like voice recorder, FM radio w/recorder and photo album. She loves it.
Cons: Screen size and resolution is smaller and lower than the iPod, not surprising given the size and price. Software doesn't come in the box, but you can download everything you need. I'm having trouble converting some DRM video from iTunes-not really Sansa's fault but the workarounds do take more time than it would if you download to an Apple product. The 2GB memory fills up real fast...will probably end up adding a memory card soon, doubling the cost of this thing.
Overall Review: For what it does, the refurbished price makes it a steal.
Pros: I'll let you know when I find one
Cons: When I download the ubCore driver that's linked by SYBA to this product, my Canon XH-A1 becomes an unknown device...if I update the driver, it installs a 2006 TI OHCI driver that recognizes the camera, but the video capture is covered with digital noise...i.e. useless.
Overall Review: Running Windows 7 64 bit and Vegas Pro 9 64 bit, tried latest and an older version of 64 bit drivers with no luck. Not sure what the problem is, but definately not plug-n-play. May have to switch back to 32 bit OS and software.
Pros: dirt cheap, carrying handle, plenty of vents for good air flow, nice subtle styling
Cons: for a micro atx case, its almost as big as the sonata case it replaced...but more cramped on inside, some razor sharp edges on back and inside...my hands were full of cuts by the time I finished installing everything, front USB cable too short to reach header
Overall Review: I wanted something portable but still big enough to fill with video editing gear. Can't get over how cheap it was. It has only a slightly smaller footprint than my old sonata, but the handle frees up one hand when lugging this around. I should buy some spares before someone realizes how underpriced these are.
Pros: It's about half the price I'm finding in the local stores. First disk burned without incident and played back on a Sony and an off-brand Blu-Ray player at a store where I tested it.
Cons: My slightly older system could only burn at 2x speed, thought the media and burner were rated for 4x and 6x, respectively. Most likely the result of my older system.
Overall Review: My system: 2 Ghz Duo Core with 2 GB of DDR2 RAM and an AGP ATI XT850GTO on a budget hybrid MB.
Pros: Works as advertised. Burned my first Blu-Ray DVD-R using Sony Vegas 8 Pro. Movie played back fine on a Sony player and an off-brand player. Good price compared to the competition.
Cons: The included software, PowerDVD, requires an $80 upgrade to play back Blu-Ray and HD DVDs. That's on top of the $300 I'll probably have to shell out getting a compliant graphics card and monitor. So, for now, I can make Blu-Ray DVDs, I just can't watch them.
Overall Review: My 2 Ghz Duo Core with 2 GB RAM could only burn at 2X speed, which translated into about an hour for a wedding DVD with 21 GB of footage. Not too bad for an older system. I'm just happy it worked at all.
Pros: cheap price
Cons: cheaper quality
Overall Review: Bought a 26" TV and matching DVD player. The TV was defective, had a magenta fringe dancing around the screen, and the DVD player lasted about 6 weeks before refusing to power up. Wouldn't waste my time with Sceptre products.
Pros: Suddenly my aging P4 2.8 can play the latest games like Oblivion at the high settings. Great update for AGP systems.
Cons: none so far
Overall Review: Bought a refurbished model here. Great bang for the buck. Card came with complete retail package.
Comments: The only thing keeping me from giving it a perfect score is the flimsy plastic strip that keeps the door on its hinge - mine broke during assembly. The interior is a 5 star design, though. This was my first home-built PC and I'm glad I picked this case. The sound dampening mounts and 120mm fan(s) are what sold me on it, but little things like SATA power cables and the ability to slide out any drive with just two fingers were nice perks.
One note, the case is marketed as a quiet case, which it is. But it does not contain any soundproofing, in fact the sides are riddled with holes that spell out "Antec". Thus, if you have any noisy fans inside, you'll hear every decibel. I have a P4 2.8 w/ a Spark 7 fan and a Saphire 9600XT and the front 120mm fan to cool a WD Raptor, and my system purrs like a cat, except when I crank up the CPU fan above 3000 rpm.
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