Summary: This isn't a con, it's just something to point out. I couldn't see getting a power supply, even modular, beyond 6.5" long into this case. My current 650W one is 6.3" and it is tiiiight. The cables are smashed against the HDD rack. Just something you should know going in (Power supplies get longer the more powerful they are. 7 inches is pretty common and I just don't see them making it in). Of course if you are removing the entire HDD cage then put a 1000W in if you want.
Pros: Ok, let m preface this by saying this is my first ITX build. Overall I am happy with the case, but it is not perfect. I chose it because it was the right size. Some ITX cases are more cube shaped, which makes them wide. I wanted to reduce the overall footprint of my PC. I went with this case because it isn't any wider than a normal mid-sized ATX case (and it of course has much less height and depth, but width is what you really need to check). It is a beautiful lookin...
Cons: Ugh. The motherboard tray IS the other side panel. So... yes the motherboard tray is removable. But it's the whole side panel. If you want to take off that side panel to do any work (like, oh, put in or remove the optical drive or route wires) you better be prepared to basically un-assemble the whole computer. Also, the side panels are held in by six tiny screws. There had to have been a better way to do this. I know, this sounds really nit picky. And I get it, I'm sa...
Summary: While not a "con" enough to drop a star, since I knew it going into it: there's no easy way to fast-swap disks in this case. You will need to remove the cage(s) to remove, replace, or install any drives. If you need hot-swap, this is not your case. If your application requires you to power down for drive replacements regardless, then this case is as good as any other.
Pros: This case is pretty much exactly the right size for my needs (primarily a NAS). I know lots of folks prefer a specific competing brand and for good reason, but I do love Lian Li cases so I'm a bit biased by experience. The construction is abolutely top-notch, as I would expect from this vendor. Installation of components was simple (except for one...) and it's clear that this vendor hasn't failed at their reputation for attention to detail. I would buy this case again...
Cons: This one con is a big one. Without it, this is a 5-star case. The case states unequivocally that it supports standard ATX power supplies. Every review and rating I read, here and otherwise, makes no mention of any specific concerns, so it didn't even cross my mind (never having used this form factor before) that the the DEPTH of the PSU is of absolute concern. After my PSU arrived, I attached the case's mounting plate and slid it into this case... only to find that on...
Summary: Very tight fit to get the Noctua NH-L12 in there with the ASROCK Z87E MB. I was looking for a challenge and I found it. It was very tricky to get everything crammed into that little space, but I do have room for 3 more HDDs.
Pros: Bored with ATX towers, I was looking to build something different, but I wanted an ODD and a case fan. Even with two case fans, a PSU fan, and two CPU fans, this thing is pretty quiet.
Cons: The modular ATX power supply connectors are very tight to the drive cage. They said 600mm, but I suggest you look for a shorter PSU, and preferably with off-center outputs. I knocked an egg off for this and the large number of screws.
Summary: Lian-Li is great but there the last three cases has to be replaced be cause of scratches.
Pros: Its Lian-Li great built quality and design.
Cons: Quality Check is just OK. I spent over $2000 on Lianli cases as seen them all scratched. The front fan on this case was not connected. It damaged the bottom and both sides of the internal structure. This is not acceptable on a black case on day one.
Summary: If you're planning a NAS box make sure your PSU is short. I made a small footprint desktop and this case is ideal!
Pros: arrived quickly. All the hardware needed is included. No sharp edges - Rolled for safety . Mini-ITX MB mounts easily. Holds full sized ATX PSU but, see below...
Cons: I Used EVGA SuperNOVA NEX650G modular PSU. Good news - it mounted easily. Bad news - with full drive cage in case, no room to plug in modular cords. I was able to remove the center drive cage and get everything plugged in, but only two 3.5in drive mount spots left. There was also a 2.5 in. spot under the optical drive mount, and I drilled screw holes for a second 2.5 in. mount on top of the bottom drive cage. PSU dimension in question is length. Just 7.1 in. available...
Pros: I originally got this case to build a NAS and i have to say it gets the job done well. It being a NAS its on 24/7 and its quiet. Its side pannel has 6 screws, kinda annoying when you want to open it. The removable hard drive cage makes it easier to work with. It also has room for a full sized graphics card.
Cons: The blue led fan in the front is really bright.
Summary: It is nearly impossible to situate a cable such that it does not come into contact with a fan. Giving some thought to cable management would have been welcome. Otherwise, this is a nice, compact case. I bought it for a FreeNAS server and it is almost the only case in this size with 6 drive bays.
Pros: Sturdy, big honking fans, very quiet
Cons: In something this small some thought should really be given to cable management
Summary: I must have backed up in the build five times. It's a small case for a small form factor, and if you do things in the wrong sequence, there's no room to move. Put the drives in BEFORE you put either side of the case on. Connect the power supply (really need modular - it's tight even then) to things before you slide it in.
Pros: Solid construction, nice tight tolerances, case fans are dead silent, lots of disk room inside
Cons: Sequence of build is tricky and poorly documented, tight tolerances can cause problems in build, case geometry deforms just a tiny bit at different stages making assembly tough, space inside is so tight you need to get everything right