Excerpt: This is a beautiful case. The front looks very nice in a home entertainment center. The flip down peice on the front offers easy access to 2 USB3.0 ports, mic port, and headphone jack. There's also a firewire port (but I do not have hooked up), as well as a several media card reader ports.
Summary: Existing fan configuration is good for filtration, but should be re-arranged for better airflow characteristics (one in, one out)
Pros: Beautifully minimalist, compact, quiet, very well designed.
Cons: Motherboard tray relief extends TOWARD the motherboard, creating cpu-backplate-fitment issues. Considering that there isn't anything under the tray, I don't see why Fractal opted to push the relief UP into an already crowded area, instead of DOWN into open-space.
Pros: Very good build quality, great htpc case. Impressed with Fractal Designs.
Cons: If you are planning on shutting this in an entertainment center or having it in a nook, depending on your hardware, you may need to put a fan behind the machine to exhaust the hot air out of the "nook" or cabinet it is in. I would not fault Fractal for this though. Also, when I was putting the ma...
Summary: Overall this is a great case with a wonderful design. I would recommend this case to someone looking to build an HTPC.
Pros: This case replaced a Lian-Li HTPC case that I had I needed to go with something shorter than what I had for a new TV stand. Comparing this to the Lian-Li both are exceptional cases. The Lian-Li gets the edge on layout and aesthetics while I would give the Fractal case the edge on build quality. T...
Cons: Compared to the Lian-Li I feel like the hard drive trays are a little flimsy. The drives are suspended next to each other and while in the frames they can wiggle and bump against each other when putting in or removing them from the case.
Summary: It's huge. I would not get this unless you are comfortable with a giant media case wherever you plan on putting it. That's not really a bad thing if you're planning on storing media locally. I could see this computer being used for builds other than htpcs.
Pros: It houses my htpc/plex server just nicely. Looks beautiful and very quiet. It was relatively easy to build in and cleaning dust from the fan intakes is pretty quick.
Cons: Difficult cable management. I have a non modular power supply in it and it's not the prettiest, and I had to take out one of the hanging hard drive cages to manage everything. Small gripe, honestly. Requires a slim dvd/blu-ray drive. Come on, the case is big, it would have fit a 5.25 inch drive w...
Nice build quality, which gets ruined by little oversights
Ryan R., Newegg
23 June 2014
Pros: Nice look, good build quality.
Cons: All that work making a nice case, and then when it comes down to making the bottom door that opens and closes to hide the card and USB slots and they use GLUE to hold a magnet in place. I had the thing less than a week and the glue had already come loose from the metal door, leaving the magnets s...
Summary: I purchased this cabinet to house a recent Win8/XBMC HTPC with gaming capability build. It's spacious(for a HTPC cab), study, attractive and has good fit and finish. The included fans and inner sound dampening material are nice bonuses.
Summary: Not sure who is complaining about the sound emmited from the case which is nearly silent with my rig but then I was sure to check the CPU had less than 22db, a passive GPU and the fans included with the case are silent as long as they are in low or mid speed mode.
Pros: Looks cool and quiet - neccessary but not sufficient to be worth justifying 160$ for this case.
Cons: I have built a few PCs in my day and this build was highly anticipated as a way to collect my files and pics and family videos into a single server/HTPC . Here's the thing... this comes with a built in SD reader and miniSD flash card built into the front pane and I still have yet to get it to wor...
Summary: Make sure that your have a small (really small) Phillips screw driver if you are planning to use optical drive
Pros: Solid build quality, good design, tons of space, build-in fan controller.
Cons: Slim optical drive is my only issue. Fractal decided to put more emphasis on hard drives rather then optical drives. Installing optical drive was a pain, screws are tiny. Still, I knew what I was getting myself into; therefore, I am not going to downgrade this case