Pros: This case is a standard offering for me and I've been happy with its performance overall.
Cons: The industry is moving faster and this case is a bit outdated. To keep using it, I would prefer to see a slightly more aggressive power supply and a better finish for the interior. The drive tray is a little awkward. It could use better finishing hardware and its a little easy to torque the case such that the exterior shell doesn't always fit flush.
Nice improvements, but still some questionable areas.
Jarrod G., Newegg
3 December 2013
Summary: - The wiring for the power LED is the same length as the other wires (power button, HD light, reset, etc..) yet isn't grouped with those wires (it's further to the left), therefore it doesn't quite have the same reach when you go to plug it in. Not sure what Antec was thinking here when it's well known that front panel pin connectors are all grouped together on any given motherboard (and have been since forever).
Pros: They've definitely improved this case over the previous version that featured the silver face (that often came scratched to hell and back).
Cons: - Antec is still using their incredibly inefficient and awfully unreliable 150w proprietary power supply in these cases. There are a number of standardized PSUs that not only offer more power, but would use less space.
Summary: The PCI-E slot is slightly thinner than a desktop case and it makes connecting cables to my Ceton Inifinitv CableCARD difficult.
Pros: Solid, well-ventilated case.
Cons: There is a useless flap 'hiding' the external bay, if you aren't going to use the external bay, then it can just stay snapped shut, but if you plan on using it, then you have to leave the bay flap lowered which makes it look cheap. I'm looking into removing that flap completely.
Pros: Works for intended HTPC purpose. No problems with length of any wire other than case fan (see below). About half the height of a shoebox but a little wider.
Cons: No USB 3.0 support (boo). Cable management is a pain. I didn't put a DVD drive in and used the empty bay to store the wires. I honestly don't think I could have fit a disc drive in here with all the wires. Included fan is fine for my purpose. Loud on High, acceptable on medium for my HTPC needs (in an enclosed cabinet), very quiet on low (would be acceptable in an open air HTPC environment). Needed to rotate the fan since the power wire didn't reach the far side of th...
Virtually silent, easy to install, low power, solid construction
John Murray, dabs.com
14 November 2011
Summary: Antec live up to their reputation with this mini case. It is solidly constructed, easy to fit components in and virtually silent in use. I'm using it with the Intel D525MW motherboard as a low cost, low power LAMP server for use as a test environment for web development and to host a small intranet.
Summary: OK this is a snug fit for all your goodies but man this is a smart little set up when done. Honestly a great great mini-itx case you could put the latest Sandy Bridge in with a basic low profile video card and a solid state drive and head into outer space performance-wise. In fact I have two of those four components for that build now cae and cpu. Just an outstanding and smart looking case.
Pros: Compact Design, Strength of steel walls and manufacturing detail no sharp edges