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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice case - looks good, and fairly easy to install, 30 April 2013
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I needed a new case for my PC. The old one had really been through the wars in a recent move, and frankly looked a bit terrible even when new, so I was on the lookout for a replacement. I didn't want something beige and nondescript, but at the same time I'm in my 40s, so didn't want a case which looked like HR Giger had taken a vast amount of acid and come up with something that would have made me delirious with joy when I was 14.

This case fits the task nicely. It's matte black, and with a plain front panel that visually just keeps out of the way. Buttons are on the top, so they're hidden away and don't detract from the rest of the appearance. It's a small thing I know, but the fact that the 'On' button is a simple square that hardly clicks when you press it is a design I really like - it's the sort of thing which suits a media centre, and so adds a little something here too.

So it looks nice. Getting the parts of my old PC inside wasn't too difficult. Removing the front panel took a pair of pliers to crimp the holding plastic studs such that it just popped off, but was really the only fiddly part. If you have strong fingers, you may not even need tools. The design inside is very clever in that it keeps the hard drives out of the way by pinning them to the front and side, meaning they don't stick out into the rest of the case. Once you get the first drive installed (on the front), then you soon find you have more than enough room to get the motherboard and everything else you need into the case with little fuss and no nipped fingertips. Having built PCs since my first 486 SX oh-so many years ago, I can tell you this is A Good Thing. Once the majority of the innards are in place, you can then put the internal side panel on, which has mounting screws for another 3.5" and a 2.5" drive. Hook these up to your motherboard and you're good to go. Simple.

With all the space inside, the fan included does a really good job of pushing air around, such that I found that with a 500W power supply there was really no need to put another fan in. This is good as it uses up less energy, and even with noiseless fans there's always a bit of a background hum, so you have a quieter case. If only my HDs were a bit less rattly... There are three main ventilation grilles - top, bottom and side - so the inside stays cool, but I think in time I may need some fine gauze to trap dust from getting in.

Bad points? Well, a couple of niggles. The first is that the 5.25" slot at the front is for DVD drives only - it has one of those trapdoors which keeps the drive hidden until used - and it would have been really useful to be able to put in a card reader instead. And as mentioned above, getting the front panel off was a pain, but nothing that didn't take a couple of minutes once I had found the pliers - slotted tabs would have been more useful, I think. But that's a minor complaint really - the 5.25" drive bay being fixed for purpose is a pity though, hence the loss of one star for me. May not be important to you, but I use CF and SD cards far, far more than DVDs and CDs these days.

All in all a nice case, and for the money you really cannot go wrong. Looks classy without being ostentatious, and while it doesn't look fussy it isn't boring either. Plenty of room inside for the PC's guts, and stays nice and cool during use. Highly recommended,
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