Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by Taurasaurus First time HTPC build, perfect case for it.
I've used this case to put in a living room as a HTPC. Overall I am really impressed with the build quality and the finish, everything (apart from the tricky to plug in audio jack in the front) seems to be really nicely done, and I'm really liking the alluminium brushed front.
Let me start with the pros of this case:
- Really small compared to the components it can fit. Space doesn't feel wasted or cramped (yes, sometimes it can be tricky to cable manage but as long as you don't worry about it too much, it should be fine). Some improvisation was needed to cable manage, but it was a joy in this case.
- Build quality. As mentioned, really good quality overall, there are cable management loops and cable-tie looking plastic bits that can be used and reused.
- Sound proof. The case is fairly silent compared to my mid Tower case, and the fans are fairly silent as well. It is not sound proof completely, but it's not irritating as well.
- Intel heatsink fits with no issues even when the optical drive is in.
Now some cons. There aren't a lot of these, but I'm trying to keep an open mind here.
- The mentioned above audio and microphone jack. My 3.5mm headphone plug couldn't fit because there was a gap between the connector and the brushed alluminium panel. Any plug that doesn't have unnecessary plastic around it should fit, as my 3.5mm headphones that come with my phone fit because the plug is relatively small and can fit through the panel hole.
- Little bit cramped. As mentioned above, yes the case is small but there are times where it was really cramped (especially with the DVD drive in) To get around it, you have to take out some components but overall, I don't think anything can be improved in this aspect since the case is as small as it can be.
- Not really a con or a pro, but I had some confusion where the hard drives go. I installed one SSD and one HDD in the case, and I got a bit confused which way the drives have to go, the instructions weren't clear about this. However after a couple of tries and common sense, I got the drives in the case.
And that's my review. I enjoyed building in this case more than I enjoyed building my mid tower computer, so that is saying something :)
07 February 2015