Joined on 12/19/06
Cool with an *
Pros: Very cool, works as it should. Seems well built and has a special split USB cable to supply additional power for external use if needed.
Cons: This is a small gripe, but the included USB A-A cable is not mentioned in the instructions. It has a red plug marked "ext power" and two data plugs. I found I did not need to plug in the power plug for my HDD to work as long as it was on a powered USB port (does not require the extra juice).
Overall Review: To use the hub or HDD external to the dock, it is necessary to have a USB A-A cable which is a rare beast in my collection of cables - would be nicer to have used the common A-B cable. This is not an immediate problem since the included USB cable works just fine. It is more a matter of what will be available wherever I may need to use the HDD. Aside from that, this is a great addition to my system and very unique.
Looks great, but watch your fingers
Pros: Looks great, clean design, the front grill has a foam filter to keep the dust down. Has one 120mm fan (another would be nice, but it is better than the standard 80mm). Nice touches like oversized thumbscrews and tool-less drive and card retainers. Lighter than it looks (this may be a con for some).
Cons: Has some sharp edges - around the PSU hole in the back and at the front of the side panel are areas to use caution around. No duct for the CPU fan (though there are holes for mounting a fan on the panel). For some reason they had screws in the 5.25" drive punch-outs - on the MB side of the case? Oddly placed USB and Firewire jacks.
Overall Review: I thought this was overall a good case. I bought it due to the clean look and the mesh grill. Putting it together has been no more difficult than most cases. What was most disappointing was the sharp edges, this is why I had to knock off a star (I almost knocked off 2 of 'em but I did not cut myself yet). That said I would buy it again - I already have a file to clean up the sharp parts. This is not the case you want if you are always opening it up to make changes, but if you are building a system and will not open it for a year, it seems like an OK choice.