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Cons: The industry is moving faster and this case is a bit outdated.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: Shipping was a bit slow. The case itself is OK for ITX sized builds. Instructions are very vauge, so you need to figure out how things work/go together. Space inside is VERY limited due to it's small size. I would recommend a second 80mm fan...the "quiet" type to keep thing cool. The biggest down to this case is the flimsy front slim DVD cover.....I didn't install a dvd drive in this build, but opened/closed the cover a couple of times....
Summary: This is more than a decent case to build a server out of or maybe a media server, provided that the door hinge works :)
Pros: It's nice and compact, works well as a mini server case and it's nice and minimalist. It fits a laptop optical drive which is pretty nice and make it even more compact. Relatively easy drive installation.
Cons: The door hinge for the optical drive was broken out of the box (really Antec?), this wasn't enough for me to warrant sending it back. It's a little too compact, you'll find yourself shoving wires in as you force the lid back on. The lid is quite difficult to put on even on the most basic of set ups. Won't fit 3.5" drive. Not sure how it would be possible to manage. Having said that though, a mini ITX build, one would not expect desktop sized hardware within, so not en...
Change the front panel module. Please offer it to existing oweners!
Don B., Newegg
1 August 2013
Summary: I had to remove the front bezel to remove the front USB, eSATA, power, reset and audio module in order to rotate the LED 180 degrees to get some extra slack in the front power button connector cable. I was told Antec would be releasing a new ISK100 series case this summer. Will they come through?
Pros: Compact sturdy design.
Cons: Front USB port is upside down. Makes use of ASRock Remote Receiver problematic. Maybe they can offer a replacement front connection module to fix this. While they're at it change orientation of the LED and make the power button longer?
Summary: I would buy again. Currently the Front USBs aren't connect in my rig because I gave up trying to keep the cable connected. The biggest fault of this case is the rigid cables within.
Pros: The build does seem nice. The finger screws worked well. There is a lot of space for a larger heatsink, though I'm using the one that came with my AMD processor. The front looks very nice.
Cons: The USB 3.0 front cable is really rigid and pops out of the mobo port every time i try to close the case. It was designed in such a way that it sticks more upright than the CPU's heatsink and fan making the wire cabla the tallest thing on the board. The meta H frame inside is a little annoying. the cross bar sits a few centimeters from where the hard drives sit, making the process of connecting power and SATA cables more challenging than it should be. Moved back one m...
Summary: The case is great & easy to build a compact system in. The PSU on the other hand puts out a *LOT* of heat - to the point one of my HDD's showed a temperature warning (the drives are right over the exhaust of the PSU). I'm not even close to a full load, either - my system never gets over 50W (Core i3 2120T (35W TDP), Intel HD2000 integrated graphics, 2 HDDs, and a DVD).
Summary: The build quality of this case is excellant, except for the front CD drive slot. I did not realize you had to push the plastic switch to access the drive (pulled instead), and it broke the spring inside, so the front tray remains open (although it is partially my fault). Also a lack of a manual for assembly would have helped me figure out how to assemble the components in this case, and would of showed me how to open the CD drive without breaking it.
Summary: Over all pretty good quality product. I can live with short cables and such, but am very disappointed in Antec in making such a fundamental mistake on the motherboard mount holes alignment. How can you make a computer case that cannot fit in a motherboard properly? This does not make any sense.
Pros: Good quality case. Nice finish and durable material.
Cons: 1. The screw holes to hold the motherboard is mismatched. Can only fit in 2 screws instead of all 4 screws for mini-ITX motherboard 2. Slim optical drive bay cover is make of cheap plastic and can easily be broken off 3. 24-pin power cable to motherboard is way too short and need to use extension cable in order to reach motherboard 4. One can install second case fan in this case, however, the space for second case fan is pre-occupied by a black plastic block which has...
Summary: Generally very poorly designed but if you can overcome these problems, then I guess its not a bad case. I'd expect more though for $100.
Pros: Small, looks alright once everything is assembled.
Cons: Cabling is ridiculous as already said by others. I have a Intel DH57JG board. All the cables seem to reach with the exception of the power LED lights. I hate lights, so they wouldn't have been plugged in anyway. The plastic plugs for the fan cover where the 2nd fan would sit come too far over such that they make contact with the MOBO and it doesn't sit properly. I broke those stupid things off and now its ok. The backplate does not fit properly, it is too small for th...
Cons: Motherboard selection is limited to those with ATX power connector close to the power supply in the front of the case. The new ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe will not work without significant modifications to the fan assemble. The ATX power cable is to short. You will need to purchase an extension cable.