Joined on 11/15/12
Wears out quickly
Pros: Effective at keeping my computer within acceptable temperature limits.
Cons: While the fans are supposedly rated for 30,000 hours operational lifetime at 19dBA, after only about two weeks, less than a hundred operating hours in, the fans have become unacceptably loud and exceed their rated noise levels.
Overall Review: Not that you can really expect fans this cheap to stay that quiet for that long. I'll just have to pony up for some better fans.
Way better than what I paid for
Pros: Normally, you get what you pay for with these things, but in this case, I am pretty impressed with the quality. It is sturdy, has lots of space, and just the right number of 5.25" bays. (It actually has three, but one is taken up and concealed by the front panel.) Also, it was _really_ cheap when I got it on sale, for only $30 (not even counting the $10 rebate available at the time I got it.)
Cons: The front panel has only one USB 3.0 port. Seriously, there should never be an odd number of USB 3.0 ports except on laptops. Odd numbers of 2.0 ports are not quite as bad, I just don't like wasting an entire 3.0 header on my mobo and getting only 1 port out of it. Everything in this computer goes together with screws, so make sure you have a real screwdriver before you get it. I don't mind -- I actually like it -- but some people seem to be really into those tool-less cases. There is no simple way to prevent unauthorized access to the inside of the case. Other cases I have used included a small tab that you could put a padlock through, but this cases doesn't have such a feature. It also doesn't have anywhere to mount a chassis intrusion detection switch. I had a small issue getting the front panel audio to work, but today it just started working, so I am satisfied.
Overall Review: This case did not resolve an issue I had in my previous case (the rear IO panel was slightly misaligned with some of the USB ports) leading me to conclude that that problem was the fault of the motherboard, not the case.
Overpowering Mothball Smell
Pros: Physically, the device is everything that could be expected for the price.
Cons: The device was covered in mothball smell. The cardboard backing on the package was soaked with mthball smell chemical, and it has leached into the plastic coating on the steel cable.
Overall Review: Was able to mostly remove the smell by soaking it in mineral spirits for two weeks. Now it smells overpoweringly like mineral spirits, rather than overpoweringly like mothballs, which is an improvement.