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INOi HD260T 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs great case 01/13/2008

This review is from: INOi HD260T 2.5" SATA USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Unlike typical enclosures, this case doesn't use tiny screws that are easy to lose. It has a simple latch mechanism to remove the internal drive. I've tested it on my Mac (Leopard) and Linux boxes and it works great! I also owned the IDE version of this enclosure... There's a little power port on it that is probably never used since nobody runs 120GB drives on USB 1.1 anyway.

Cons: I don't really have any... I would actually prefer it use the normal USB style connector instead of the mini one, but that's just my preference I guess.

Intel BLKD201GLYL Intel Celeron 215 with a 533 MHz system bus SiS 662 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice and stable. I've owned a VIA C7 mini-itx mainboard and I can say that the D201GLY is almost better than the VIA in almost every aspect. The D201GLY was $150 cheaper, never had hardware issues, ran almost 2x faster than the VIA C7, and used less power! I find it hard to understand why people still buy the VIA C3/C7 stuff when this little guy just does that much better!

Cons: If only it had sata ports. It looks like it "could" have sata ports since there are places for them on the mainboard, but no connectors :-(

iStarUSA S3 STORM SERIES Black SECC body, ABS and aluminum front panel Mini-ITX Tower Entertainment Computer Case 80W Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I own several mini-itx cases and this one is by far one of the best in terms of features and construction. I own several morex and minibox cases. The minibox ones are flimsy poorly constructed alumnium, the morex are well constructed but lack proper case features. However, the iStarUSA case is a good balance of features and constructions. I was pretty surprised it even came with a decent power supply. I'm currently using one as a media center with the intel little valley mainboard and another as a gaming machine with a cromwell core2 duo mainboard

Cons: As another reader indicated, it does have a really bright power light. If you plan to use it as a mythtv box, don't connect the power light to the mainboard!.

Other Thoughts: The case is roomier than I initially thought. In one case, I was able to cram a 3.5" hard drive, slot-loaded dvd burner, avermedia capture card all in the small case!

In another computer, I crammed a 2.5" drive, 8GB flash disk drive, dvd burner, Nvidia 7600GT PCIe video card. There was still enough airflow for all that! However, I did have to visit and buy their flexible PCIe adapter since the included PCI riser card just isn't all that useful in this case.


Dean M.'s Profile

Display Name: Dean M.

Date Joined: 07/08/04

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/13/08
  • Last Review: 01/13/08
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