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  • tomoyo - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Wow this case sounds like one of the worst ripoffs in a while. At least crap cases like Raidmax with low end power supplies are actually priced properly. I feel like any 3 year old antec case is far more worthwhile then this, at least they mostly all come with decent psus, versus a psu you would only give your worst enemy. Definitely not a company I'll be recommending. Reply
  • Operandi - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Looks like your typical lump of plastic and steel to me, I see no out standing features to justify the ridiculous price tag. I for one don't find overprices low-end cases very exciting.

    Lian Li is making some pretty interesting iTX cases, review one of those.
  • Dustin Sklavos - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    If everything we reviewed was a winner, how would you know what was bad? :) Reply
  • ppeterka - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Thank you for occasionally reviewing bad products! I think the answer to the "what's bad" question is more important than the question to the "what's good", given I want to shell out money for something I'd like to use every day.

    And I like the style too. Reminded me of Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson reviewing FSO Polonez.
  • Operandi - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link


    Just browse Newegg and look around, 95% of it looks just like this piece of crap and is just as bad, are you going to review all the POS cases out there?

    Review the stand out products, high quality, innovative, or at least interesting in some way. Ignore the mediocrity and shitty, nobody cares.
  • Dustin Sklavos - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    Sometimes it's difficult to really know how bad something is until we have it in-house. Moneual offered this unit for review, why would we assume it wasn't at least halfway decent?

    As it turned out, it wasn't remotely decent. I honestly feel like we're doing the readership a solid by pointing out what a bad deal this case is.

    A reputable site publishes the good and the bad, that's how you know they're not in someone's pocket. If everything we published was golden, we'd be the hardware version of GameSpot.
  • Operandi - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    Negative reviews are indeed essential and valuable to the readership but I don't see the point in reviewing out right junk. Perhaps there is something there that caught your interest before reviewing it but I can't imagine what it was, I saw the picture on the front page and thought "that looks like a piece of crap", the review pretty much confirmed it.

    I guess my main point is there isn't any purpose in reviewing mediocrity. Every product has design goals, and on a case like this the goal was obviously set pretty low. Even if it had not utterly failed, it would still not be an interesting product or review.
  • Impulses - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Plugging all your non-essential peripherals into a surge protector and turning it off does a far better job of being green, total cost: about $10 for the surge protector. Doesn't everyone do that these days? You would think all the TV commercials urging people to unplug their chargers and whatnot would be taking us in that direction, I guess Moneual's just trying to make a quick buck off the green trend tho. Reply
  • GeorgeH - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    I was actually thinking that this was a perfectly serviceable, if ugly, PC case for those on a very tight budget, thinking that $140 was a typo and you meant $40. I was getting ready to thank you for taking the time to review a "cheap" case - then I finished reading the second page.

    W-T-F. You're being far too generous throwing this case in the $50-70 range; it's only worth more than $45 if you're blind and like the way it looks. $140 is so ridiculous it's almost funny.
  • L. - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Well .. You're still being generous.
    This is a 100% "made and designed in china" piece of crap, the likes of which cost 40 bucks WITH a 450watt (lolwatts, not real watts) PSU and an integrated LCD + fan control.

    Considering this one has an even worse PSU than the one I'm thinking about, and also lacks the LCD / fan control.. I believe you can at best consider it's worth 30 bucks.. and still -- for 30 bucks you can get a very decent chinese box that has a lateral 220mm fan and no PSU - as you'll have to change it anyway who'd want to pay for that.

    By the way, if you're interested in reviewing cheap, you might wanna take a look at real contenders, because there's quite a few unkown brands that produce stuff much better than Tt / CM / Si / Antec -- Just a bit hard to find sometimes.
  • Myrandex - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Loved the lolwatts, someone needs to come up with a formula to go from lolwatts to actual watts :) Reply
  • bobbozzo - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    ILS ratings work well too... "If Lightning Strikes" Reply
  • Colin1497 - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    I have one on my home theater that I have set up to turn off several things when the TV is switched off, and on my PC it turns of some accessories when the PC goes off or into standby. No extra switch touching required, and I think the difference in cost wasn't that much from a similar UPS without the functionality. Reply
  • jdonnelly - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    And you could get a better case for the remaining $110.
  • Icabus - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    Looks more like a gaming console than a computer case to me. Reply
  • mlcloud - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    I'm just surprised the editor didn't snap halfway through and start raging over the case. Glad he kept his cool. Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - link

    You weren't there when I was working on the review. My personal Facebook is littered with...well, take a guess and then make it twice as graphic. Reply
  • Gabriel Torres - Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - link

    I made a in-depth review of the power supply that comes with this case. The efficiency is between 71% and 78% and it can deliver only up to 220 W, above that the unit burns. A real piece of junk... So much for a "green" case. Check it out:
  • Zap - Friday, June 10, 2011 - link

    Thanks, Gabriel. I'll go read it for the lulz.

    Seriously though, the actual layout of the chassis isn't too terrible. I have two similar cases that I purchased through Athena Power a decade ago that are almost the same layout except with two differences. One is that they were aluminum (with plastic face). The second is that nothing blocks the slot area, so you can use however big a graphics card as you can find an SFX PSU to power. At one time I was running a GeForce 7900 GTO in mine, with an Enermax 320W SFX PSU (20A +12v continuous, 24A peak) and an overclocked Athlon 64 4000+.

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