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.
Pros: Very solid, sturdy as heck. Looks nice, very small and portable.
Cons: The stock PSU is a little weak and inefficient. Routing cables can be tough. If you have to change the PSU to a more powerful one, you'll have to do some modifications to your power wires and the new PSU to make it work properly.
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...
Pros: Small form factor, but easy to work with. I stuck an SSD and another 2.5 drive in it, along with an old AMD X2 5000+ and 4GB of RAM. Its a speed little machine for the price invested. Good Airflow with the 2 side fans I used.
Cons: The front cover is cheesy. From the picture, it appears to be perforated for airflow, but those a mere dimples, a fake grill, if you will.
Summary: Super boîtier qui fait juste la bonne taille. Il y'a un emplacement pour lecteur DVD/Bluray mais attention au format slim et ça se trouve pas super facilement ou c'est plus cher (surtout en bluray). Sinon le ventilo est devenu bruyant sur le mien... dommage.