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Extra Midtower Aluminum Case Review

Former staff writer    -   December 29, 2003


In-Depth Look
Last major thing that I strongly dislike about this case is the front panel. The panel is made from plastic. And in keeping with the fun trend from the rest of the case thus far...cheap plastic. While the front is secured soundly, the top panel extension is loose - at best. A redeeming point is that the covers for the extra 5.25" and 3.5" spaces are good at staying in their place, and they cover the right amount of space, not leaving an unsightly gap in the front of you computer, or dislodging themselves, etc.

Okay, I lied. One more thing: the PSU is horribly attached. The screws on the back panel are the only things holding it in place, and that's not saying much. It pretty much just hangs there.



Alright, now that I've torn this case a new hole, a couple of things I DO like about it.

The chimney fan is something I do like. Its a good design, and while the plastic surrounding it is loosely attached, and for the most part useless, the fan itself is attached directly to the case, and the vent for the fan allows you to turn that fan on and off simply by rotating it. Its a solid little unit, a good design, and it pushes a surprising amount of air (I was skeptical about the vent slot sizes).



Next thing I like about this case is the attention to detail spent on rounding (or blunting) the edges of ALL the metal. This is fantastic! They even have little end caps for the rounded metal.



Conclusion
The Good:
  • Attention to detail in rounding the edges. No cut fingers for me.
  • Useful, interesting chimney fan. I may have to steal/improve this design.
  • Plenty of room inside
  • Quiet PSU and chimney fan

    The Bad:
  • Crappy construction
  • Awful motherboard standoffs
  • PSU attachement
  • Back panel design
  • Front panel material/design
  • Screw holes get stripped VERY easily
  • Top plastic design not attached very well
  • Side window scuffed before I even got it
  • Broken window fan

    The Ugly:
  • Cheapass paint job
  • Ugly front light
  • Let's face it...its a crummy, crummy case.

    So folks, I think numbers speak for themselves. As we can see, the Bad and Ugly heavily outweigh the Good. This is NOT a case you should purchase, unless its for a bargain basement computer (luckily my sister's is).

    Thanks to CMI Computer for providing us with this case (trust me people, most of their stuff is a LOT better then this, and they have competitive prices - check em out)



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