Reviews and Problems with Apevia X-QPACK-NW-BK/420
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Decent case but Front Audio Port Issues
Michael N., Newegg
3 August 2014
Summary: Apevia needs to add a 2.5" mount for the SSDs. I needed to buy a special bracket for mine. I've added a 3.5" reader, CD Burner, 2 expansion cards (wifi/firewire) and everything fits just fine.
Pros: Smallish Micro ATX case but not so small as to reduce its flexibility. You can include everything you would throw into a mid tower...it's just a bit more cramped. Nice to have audio/mic/usb/firewire ports on the front. Dual Front temp readings and sensors that can be placed anywhere inside the case. The slide out tray is a definite pro. Makes putting in the motherboard easy. Cables for the front are plenty long enough to reach the back of the case if needed. Thumb scr...
Cons: The front audio ports share the same ground as the front USB/Firewire ports. BAD BAD BAD! This is a really big deal on motherboards with discrete audio HD circuitry. You will get a very loud his/noise through the headphone jack since the front panel is forcing the USB/Firewire circuits to have the same ground as the audio circuits. It took me a while to isolate the cause but as soon as I plugged in the USB cable from the front to the MB, that hissing/static started. M...
Summary: power supply died, not a big deal though as i had extra 400 watt power supplies in the garage, kind of expected it anyways, $30 for case and psu, didn't expect the psu to be all that good. disappointed that one of the front usb ports doesn't work, but its not to big of a deal i guess.
Pros: its a case, plenty of room for a matx board, good cooling for an APU.
Cons: Power supply died within 3 days. one of the front usb ports doesn't work.
Summary: Will probably be buying more of these, especially if the price drops a bit.
Pros: Great design. One of the few cube style cases that will fit a Micro ATX MOBO and uses standard ATX PSU. The slide out mounting for the MOBO is an excellent feature which makes assembly much easier.
Cons: A bit on the spendy side but not nearly as expensive as some other cube style cases.
Summary: I had not read the reviews on this case. I saw the large number of buyers and thought that was enough of an indicator. I wish I had read the reviews. The unit arrived with three internal rivets having missed the holes, leaving the CD tray guide twisted and moving. It only took 10 minutes to drill out the old rivets, align properly and re-rivet, ..but it took me nearly an hour to determine why one of the 2 front USB ports did not work.
Pros: Very attractive case Nice materials and good external "fit and finish" Nice form factor (but a little larger than it needs to be) Sufficiently sturdy (others called it flimsy...It is sturdy when assembled)
Cons: Poor assembly quality Wire crimping had broken front USB port wires. Somewhat loud relative to my other tower cares. No included instructions for thermocouple mounting etc.
Summary: I have had this a few years. I emailed Apevia and asked what the MTBF (failure rate) was on the power supply. Apevia refused to give me the specification. It could be 1000 hours for all we know. Perhaps that is why my motherboard died.
Pros: Nice size, looks good
Cons: Sharp edges internally, watch out for cuts! Apevia refuses to give reliability specifications to end users, unless it is on their website (it is not, as of this writing.) Non-standard power supply size.
Summary: This was a very easy case to build an HTPC in using a Micro ATX MB and no video card. My only expansion cards were for the TV tuner card which was a half height card so it fit without any problem and the breakout with the tuner just went into a slot in the rear of the case. The fan in the case can be quiet but it can also be loud if the wiring that powers it moves could be better fan but just as easy to replace it.
Pros: Slide out tray Power supply that is perfect for the size Well laid out design for components Carrying handle
Cons: 1394 port Only one fan Temperature wires for front LCD are just taped onto CPU cooler and HDD Front Audio connector not long enough to slide tray out
Summary: Although the metal is very flimsy, this case has lasted me since 2009 and through several house moves. I've recently upgraded the motherboard and most other components, and expect the case to last me at least another four years. The included power supply is almost a joke, but has one redeeming quality: It is about half an inch shorter than your average ATX PSU, which gives it plenty of room to fit behind the disc drives.
Pros: -Excellent size for a shelf unit with space for two 5.25" disc drives -Well thought out design -Motherboard attaches to tray which slides out the back for easy access -The interal 3.5" bays are on a tray which also slides off the case for easy access -The handle makes carrying easy
Cons: -The case is made out of cheap metal which feels flimsy to the touch. One screw hole in my case even arrived stripped, out of the box. -The included power supply is horribly inefficient and gives off huge amounts of heat. I would estimate it to be less than 70% efficient.
Summary: Should be $39 but I was picky about the form factor that I needed so I paid the $79.
Pros: I bought this case because I wanted a mATX case with a small form factor and it delivers that. The cooling is descent and it fits on my shelf. Case is pretty quiet, although I haven't sat in a quiet room with it for any length of time.
Cons: This is a low quality case. I had expected a much higher quality build for $80. The sheet metal is thin, the power supply blocks the screws for the expansion cards, and there were no instructions as to how to place the heat sensors. The internal temperature LCD was installed UPSIDE DOWN. The power switch was also faulty (after hitting the switch a couple of times the PC would power up and then power down after a couple seconds or couple of minutes - using the switch f...
Summary: I didn't get the case from here, I bought it used for about $38 (which is about what it should cost new.
Pros: - Temperature gauge on front of case. - Plenty of room inside case - Motherboard try for easy installation and maintenance. - Good airflow when rear fan is reversed.
Cons: I wouldn't trust the included power supply to do anything really. It has all of the warning signs of being an IED hardware killer. It's generic, it's light, the power wires are of the wrong gauge and looking at the PCB inside it pretty much sums it up that it's a heavily overrated AsiaX PSU with very sketchy parts. Apevia should sell a model without a PSU because it gets tossed in the bin. The case metal is ridiculously thin, and the front bezel is so cheap and plasti...