Summary: Pros: Solid construction The swivel design for the ODD and HDDs is fantastic Fits five 2.5" hard drives (with purchase of a couple 2.5 to 3.5 adapters) Included power supply Fan is quiet even on high setting Two USB 3,0 ports, eSATA port, and audio ports on front panel Cons: The blue led power light is very bright (ended up disconnecting it) The drive bay covers arent the same color as rest of chassis, so if not using the 3.5 bay for an external drive it looks odd (spray...
Summary: Looks great! Perfect for a living room media PC, that is what I use if for . Converted all my DVD Movies to MP4 format and they play great , just one idea for a having a PC in your Living Room , attached to that huge lcd or plasma.
Summary: I've been using this case for an HTPC for about four years. I use it almost exclusively for watching high-definition video---mostly terrestrial broadcasts recorded on a PC. With that in mind I bought a low-power Sempron 140 designed to use only 45W, and an Nvidia GeForce 210 low-profile, fanless GPU with a maximum draw of 30W. (Were I building the same system today I could undoubtedly get motherboard graphics that could handle MPEG-2 and H.264 video.
Summary: I have zero complaints about this case. Vent and fan placement are great, the case looks attractive, it's sturdy, and the pullout tray for the external peripherals is easy to use and install, the fan is fairly quiet (could use an upgrade for some systems). It even came with every piece of hardware I needed (screws, etc). The only thing it was short was a single SATA power connector.
Simply the best out there for MATX. Power and quiet.
6 May 2012
Summary: This case is about the best I've ever used for a build. I like it so much, I used it to build my updated server and HTPC. The updated one has eSATA and USB on the front panel. Very quiet and plenty of power for a small build. My 2 builds: HTPC (recent): Antec Minuet 350 MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 350 Watt 80 PLUS Power Supply Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003 ASRock LGA1155/ Intel H67 B3/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/...
Summary: I have built many PCs in past & I like to keep things compact but functional & stable/reliable. It has 350W power supply which is more than enough for 95W AMD Phenom x2 + couple of hard drives. I was blown away looking at how many drive bays it had (more than what spec said): 3.5" - 2, 2.5" - 1 & 5.25" - 1 & with all these, there is neat space to run cables. Full ATX cases get cluttered with multiple drives, not his one.
Summary: quiet and compact. clean install. a very sturdy case. Directions for installation very easy to follow. The removable drive cage made installation of the hard drive and dvd rw easy to install. all in all a great case.
Summary: I bought this to replace a cheaper case when I couldn't get the noise levels down. I have no regrets, the price is a bit high but you get what you pay for. The construction is solid, the fan on lower speed settings is still a bit louder than I like in a media center but does not detract from what we are watching. Installing the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and hard drive was not difficult but with these smaller cases it isn't always easy.
Summary: I have custom built 4 different PC's using cases from other Manufacturers. This was the case the I chose for my first HTPC build. Its smaller size makes it suitable for an HTPC. However, it is still as long as a traditional case, so I have to be careful with how I position in in my Home Theater Cabinet. The power supply is adequate for my needs, but the air flow in the case could use some work.