Summary: Never had a problem this early with an Antec product. Replacement unit powered up fine and has been burning in for about a week. Hopefully this one was at the end of the bell-curve for failure rates. Yes, I would buy another w/o worry.
Pros: Good compromise for size, options and quality. Fit and finish is top-notch, typical Antec.
Cons: Atypical for Antec: Had PS failure during set-up. Popped my household circuit breaker 3rd time I powered it on and no output. Sent it back and got a new one. Had to sign up for Prime trial to avoid $30 in shipping charges for bad product.
Summary: I built a system with a Core i3 4330 Haswell with 8GB RAM, and using onboard video. So far so good. Nice little machine. Quiet. Space is tight and cable management isn't ideal, but it works. Just be sure to buy a mini-ITX case that has a USB 3.0 header for the front USB ports.
Pros: • Small form factor • USB 3.0 ports on front • Comes with power supply • Fits a standard Intel CPU cooler • Has one low profile PCI Express slot • Has 1 PS/2 port on back in case you need it • Room for two 2.5" hard drives • Comes with base to stand on edge or flat
Cons: • Only a 150 watt PSU • Unnecessary eSATA port on front? • Only a half height DVD drive will fit
Summary: Hope it lasts. Getting a replacement power supply might be a pain.
Pros: Nice looking case. No bright lights on the front if using as a HTPC. Quiet operation and decent power supply for what it's used for.
Cons: The front power led connector cable is much shorter than the other front connector cables! As it was, my motherboard had the front panel connector towards the back of the case and the wires would not reach. Why in the world not make them all the same length!? Anyhow, had to cut and make them longer.
Summary: i think most people's complaints about mini itx is the fact its hard to reach and connect things with normal size hands. the frame of this case comes apart in every way so that you can easly connect each facet of the motherboard without using needle nose pliers or tweezers. the optical drive mount and the hard drive mounts both sit right on top of the mobo, which would making connecting all the fans and sata ports impossible, except you can unscrew and remove the optical...
Summary: a bit of a pain to get all the cables routed in this thing but that is already accepted when you are talking about a small form factor case like this. one thing to note if you are using this as an HTPC you will have to cut off a latch the install the cable card into the ceton tuner card, if youre using a USB card then dont worry about it.
Summary: Overall, I continue to use this case but could be seduced by Fractal Design if they ever got serious about something to compete with this model. It works great for small servers, like a firewall or compute node where there is no optical or HDD. I've been extremely happy putting boards with mSATA and now M.2 storage. It would be great if the case optimized for these uses.
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.
Summary: Changed out the included 80mm fan to a Noctua because I heard the stock one was noisy. With that, system is very quiet using retail heatsink included with Pentium G2020. This was for a small build for an older family member that wanted something that would fit in a small workspace but also had an optical drive so this was a great case.
Pros: Fun system to build, small, quiet
Cons: Proprietary power supply but you should know that going in
Quality construction, but with a MSI FM2-A75IA some compromises are necessary
That Guy from Seattle, Amazon
18 January 2014
Summary: This is the first mini ITX case I've worked with and overall it was a nice experience, although it'd be nice to see two big changes made: A modular power supply and a small rail or cage system implemented for the front-accessed drive bay. I realize both of these would significantly add to the manufacturing cost of the case but they would still be welcome additions for the next revision.