Slick, beautiful, awesome ventilation, challenging install, ultimately worth it
Jason L, Amazon
22 November 2014
Summary: I was dubious when I read some of the reviews. I've been working with PC hardware for over sixteen years, I work in the IT industry, and I know my way around a screwdriver. And it turns out they were right, even I found the install to be a pain. It wasn't so much that it was difficult as that it was time consuming. Cable management is a pain, you will almost certainly have to install your PSU upside down, but the worst part is getting the hotswap cage in and out.
Summary: Been using over a year. Love it. Have 2 hard drives in it and 3 others attached. Quiet and fits and looks like amplifier. Great design. Put a screaming asus board in it with A8 (10's were not out yet). Put tuner cards in it but don't watch TV for over a year. Just use it to do anything on the internet and download and watch content. Use with Logitech trackball and keyboard anywhere in room. Love it.
Love this case. if only the hot swap trays weren't plastic junk.
Sarah Ritchie, Amazon
28 May 2014
Summary: BAD: The reason I am giving it two stars is because along with the idea of the locking door, I was greatly looking forward to the hot swap bays in the front. I made sure and spent weeks planning the correct equipment for every aspect of the build but found that the two hot swap bays are pretty much junk and I have to get a credit card or something similar to pry the doors open when they have drives in them. I expected tool-less design and was NOT happy about it.
Summary: This is a very nice and high quality casing I owned. Stock fans are sufficient and quite. This is very suitable for a person who have kid/s who loves to touch things especially the HTPC because it has a lock with keys which you can hide the drive bays but not the power button..
Summary: Didnt even get to use my new i7 build since the power button doesn't work. If such a basic part doesn't work then I cant wait to try the rest of it. Maybe my USB 3.0 ports will cut out in the middle of important file transfers too. Thanks Silverstone at least it's a nice looking brick.
Summary: I wanted a case that would fit into my home entertainment cabinet. The issue was case depth and this is one of the very few units that fit the bill. I also wanted at least 1 external 3.5" disk bay as I like to do my backups this way. A second one was a nice bonus - I can keep my movie library in one of these and remove it for safe keeping when on vacation or to take it with me to friends.
Summary: Great case not sure If i like the additional mounts for the harddrives.. Hard to keep things cool in the case. However it does fit the gap of storage server and htpc all at the same time in my entertainment center. Also if you have an aversion to blue lights this has 2 very bright ones. They can be disconnected.
Summary: When i installed the 2.5" ssd drive, it had to be mounted upsidedown on the drive mount bracket. For some reason I can't recall, I had to leave the front cover the hot swap bays. Those are covered by the main front panel though, so no big deal. Also, in my home theater which I run quite dark, the bottom led lights for power/drive activity were a little to bright - they would basically light up the room with the lights off.
Summary: First off, this case is awesome sheerly for the slick profile it cuts. It just looks cool. The solid design with the built in system fans, hot bays, and locking front panel make for a versetile case. It does feel a bit cramped when you get any number of decent components into it, but what space it uses, it uses well. Opening it up for later work is relatively simple, which is always a plus for mod-monkeys like me.
Summary: This was my first HTPC build. Everything went OK, but the next time I won't spent that much money on this type of case form factor. I didn't feel that it was worth the price that I paid. Next time I will look into the $40 to $50 dollar range and do case modding. This case has two hot swap-able bays that are very chinsy. They also block 90% of the air flow that should be going to the video card.