Summary: It really would be nice if manufacturers would include a sheet or two of 8.5 x 11 inch paper with a couple of pointers on some of the not-so-intuitive aspects of their product.
Pros: Everything except for the lack of documentation on some of the more interesting aspects of this case, especially the removeable drive cage.
Cons: When assembling my very first Rosewill R379-M case it took me a while to figure out and discover how best to assemble all my components into the case. I was pretty much on my own. (My main reason for posting this review is to hopefully help others have a better experience with this very fine product).
Pros: Sturdy, good-looking compact case. Power supply adequate for a modest micro-ATX system with a low-profile video card. Trim cover hides optical drive tray, works well in desktop orientation.
Cons: My optical drive tray won't eject in tower orientation, YMMV. Case fan rather noisy, but not needed for my modest setup; the fans on the power supply, CPU and video card move enough air for my needs. Only one usable HDD mounting space, behind the trim panel, so no space for a 3.5 I/O panel.
Pros: I have about 33 of these now. The case is inexpensive and fits everything you want for a small office or HTPC box. I have low profile fanless third party video cards in there that work great. Everything stays cool. None of the USB or sound ports ever broke on me. Construction is average and matches the price.
Cons: So far 12 systems have had failed or failing fans on the top of the case. 7 systems have had failed power supplies. The fans started going almost immediately and the power supplies after a month or two. The optical drive button doesn't press down to well on the actual drive button since its hidden behind a swinging door. the rubber feet are stick ons and will come off if you look at them too hard.
Pros: I have now built two htpc with this, you need to understand a few things before you choose to use it or you will complain like many others. Most importantly only use SATA drives this will reduce clutter and help with wire routing. Pull the Carriage out before mounting the motherboard. If you plan on mounting a card reader I reccomend the Rosewill floppy/media card reader combo cause you will need mounting screws on the bottom of the drive to secure it. Make sure once ...
Cons: compact efficient design requires pre-planning your installation for less hassles and better routing not really a con.
Pros: Case works well. The removable disk pack is very useful. I am using as a portable computer for the heavy computing jobs I do as a consultant all over the world. Also have an Antec Minuet case that is very similar. Reversed case fan on both to blow air into the case. This dropped the CPU temp from 35 to 28 degC for the CPU below.
Cons: Needs more SATA connectors on the PSU. I like the Antec DVD access better because the housing doesn't extend as far into the case, so I couldn't put a BlueRay HD unit in this case, but the exterior looks a bit cooler on this case.
Summary: Case is cramped. Power cables are hard to route around to allow better air flow. 5.25" drive tray extends out over the IDE and motherboard power cable headers for the foxconn 780G motherboard I chose.
Pros: Small, looks nice
Cons: External drives need screw holes on the bottom or they can't be secured into the case.
Pros: Cost, construction and it includes a power supply. This typical micro-ATX case is designed to be compact and it is. The drive cage comes out of the case easily which allows clear access to install the motherboard and drives. Air flow is adequate, given the limited space, and the P/S fan and case fan are quiet. This case would probably work well for a HTPC (although I use it in my office).
Cons: One of its Pros is also a Con, in a way. The limited space means things are cramped inside the case so you are limited in what you can install. This also affects air flow. The power supply cables are not wrapped so they interfere with air flow and can end up touching a fan blade (CPU or case) unless you tie them. The P/S only has one SATA power connector (but two of the older, 4-pin ATA connectors) so if you want to use SATA drives for both HD and DVD, you'll need an ...