Summary: When you spend $105 on a case (price matched) you can have faith that you bought a great product. The case is so sturdy that I could drop a 20lbs weight on it and the case wouldn't even dent. There is alot of room although be careful with cable management. I just gave up and stuffed them in the corner. Hot swap bays work perfectly, but its more a gimmick than anything else. How often are you gonna be taking out your hard drive on a HTPC?
Pros: Sturdy case, great craftsmanship, looks fantastic, plenty of room, HOT SWAP Bays!!
Cons: Fans are extremely loud in a quite room..however turn the tv on low and you can't even hear it.
Summary: The 120mm fans are the loudest part of the system, but I can't hear them as soon as the movie or music starts playing. I do suspect I'll end up replacing them in the future. I moved the air filters to the outside of the case for easier cleaning. I didn't bother to hook up the front light, and the closed door blocks the light from the Samsung BluRay player.
Pros: Blends in with other components the living room., Fits in smaller space than AVR receiver, Three 120mm fans included.
Cons: Lots of small screws, Blue LEDs (personally not a fan)
Summary: I really love the look of this case, nice blue light for power in a V configuration. Can be a bit bright though. I can easily fit 4 Hard drives in it, will accept 5. Lots of room to work with for an HTPC case. Need a shorter powersupply though; can be tricky. I bought a silver stone modular one and i had to mount it upside down so it would clear the HDD cage. I would buy a short power supply so there are no issues. USB 3 is standard. Fan filters are a challenge to clean.
Pros: Looks, matches Home theater equipment. Lots of drive options, can install up to 5 fans. flip down front panel to hide everything. Locking front. Roomy for full height video cards. Hot swap HDD if your mother board supports it.
Cons: Fit finish inside was a touch off. Screws were tough to line up when putting back together. Like the lock but wish it was either hidden or black. My front panel sticks; can be tough to open.
Summary: As other reviews have stated the right case fan is almost totally blocked after you've stuffed all the extra wires here (under the hot swappable case).
Pros: I love the front clean look! I also love that the front is lockable - a real plus if you have kids. The blue light is not overpowering at all, and if you don't want it, don't plug in the LED connectors.
Cons: This case could be a little deeper to accommodate more power supplies. The max depth is 150 mm or 5.9 inches. Not 25 cm as the reviewer below states.
Summary: Picked this case up because it's very sleek and attractive, doesn't look like a "PC" so it fits huge parts and works great as a HTPC while looking very nice. Very heavy duty, everything was easy to use. Putting components inside is a chore because you have to remove a lot of parts, insert your components, put in the parts again, etc. So be aware there will be some significant work time involved.
Summary: Let me say up front that I enjoyed the finished product, but the case can be unruly to build in if you are not prepared. Cable management is relatively difficult even though they have provided ties and tie-off points in the case. When taking the case apart, be sure to keep track of the screw types because there are 2 different types of screws used inside of the chassis and it is difficult to tell which one should be used in a given place without trying them first.
Summary: The USB 3.0 and audio cables from the front panel are way too long, which exacerbates the already challenging task of cable routing in a mATX HTPC case. I ended up stuffing them underneath the hot-swap bays. It's a minor annoyance, but with these long cables and without short modular cables, the left-side fan is pretty thoroughly blocked.
Pros: Excellent build quality - Very sturdy with screws holding everything together (this saves space compared to clunky plastic clips for everything, and is much more robust.)
Cons: Minor oversight on the placement of the fourth 3.5" mounting bracket - The fourth HDD screws into the bottom of the 5.25" ODD bracket, which is clever, but unfortunately the drive interferes with the stock CPU HSF (AMD A8, only 5cm high). In order to make it fit without buying an exotic after-market HSF, I had to slide the bracket forward and drill new holes in the bracket. This is just a minor oversight, and everything works great with the new placement.