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Friday, June 26, 2020
By: Greg Olson
This case is very well thought out. Other than mounting your motherboard to the bottom of the case almost everything else snaps in. The inside of the case is small but makes very efficient use of space the optical reader cage snaps out and accepted a 4K HD Ultra Blue -Ray drive no problem. This same cage for you optical drive accepts a SSD drive shaped to its bottom. A handy flip open/closed cage secures you 3.5in hard drive. I wanted a computer case that would fit into my tv stand and this did the job fine? Did I mention the top cover just unlatched and slides off? Designed to lay flat our stand on its side like a video game console.
Space is at a priemium and very tight inside . It comes with one small case fan installed and no option to add extras. The case fan is towards the front to pull air in. Of course you have you processor fan and your power supply’s fan does the exhaust functions. It arrived new in box with no instructions. I was going to install a 2.5in card reader in the front access panel but was unable to find one short enough to Slide in——it hit the chassis fan. The 300 watt power supply, while adiquate for my needs appears to be of power quality.
Very happy with the purchase. I used a Ryzen processor so didn’t need a video card. If you are after small and compact this is the case for you.
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
By: Brad S
Compact but not so much that installation is difficult. Cable mgmt ok for me.
Not so much weaknesses but things to think about - you are buying an SFF case so there are tradeoffs. CPU cooler - not much room. I decided to get a Noctua NH-L9 (for AM4). I believe a Wraith stealth might fit but it's a larger profile and also there isn't much cooling - wanted to try to get something really good. Speaking of cooling: only an 80mm fan near the front of the case, recessed inside, blowing at CPU and the power supply exhausts air also. That's it. If I recall, the included fan might have been non-PWM. I bought a better fan with PWM. Make note of the size of the original fan as the fan clips into a specific location. I am also trying out removing the cover for the 3.5in drive slot in order to maximize air flow. I'm just using a 2400g and the temps are quite fine (running Linux). Even with some basic games, temps seem fine. No overclocking with a 320 m/b. There is space for a 3.5in HDD. Used an m.2 drive instead of an SSD.
Decent small footprint case. Works fine for an mATX system.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Very good build quality, looks very sharp and professional, double-layered sheet metal is solid enough to support a monitor, both the PSU Fan and 90mm Case Fan are very quiet, opening the access panel couldn't possibly be easier, tool-less drive installation actually works, includes some minor cable clips, channels, and penetrations that help with cable management.
External 3.5" bay is very restrictive on length - they're not kidding when they specify a max length of 92mm - I couldn't find a short enough card reader that had the needed features, but thankfully with some creativity and a hacksaw I was able to get a secure fit that doesn't affect function. Even if you find one shorter than 92mm, its location will slightly choke the airflow from the single 90mm case fan. I also wish this model came with the vertical stand and the fan filter. However, both of these accessories could be purchased separately. Only includes one internal 3.5" bay - so not suitable for RAID setups.
I'd consider this case overall an excellent value for anyone who wants minimum size but still wants an external 5.25" bay. Just make sure that you don't also need more than one internal 3.5" drive or a standard-length external 3.5" drive for that matter.
Friday, March 04, 2016
Slim, front - mounted USB3 ports, feels relatively sturdy, easy access screwless top/side panel, mounts horizontally or vertically. Good value with included 300w power supply.
*** Doesn't work with ITX motherboards *** because (in my experience) mini-ITX motherboards have the connectors for the case (power LED, power switch, HDD activity, USB, audio connectors, etc.) on the "top" of the board. This case's internal connectors are too short to reach the top of a mini-ITX board when it's mounted. The cables would reach a uATX just fine, but they didn't reach my mini-ITX board's connector ports. It's tiny inside. Yeah, it's SFF, but it's tiny.
Don't try to use it with a mini-ITX motherboard, or if you need to use two 3.5" HDDs this is not your case. Otherwise it's decent.