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Hauteware Black Angel – A Community Review

This review has been written by forum member IntoxicatedPuma, and reflects their views, not necessarily those of SmallFormFactor.net. Only minor edits for readability have been made.  The next case from The China Desk is also from a Taobao seller with their own unique design. This seller only has one case however, and that is the “Black Angel.” When I purchased it from them for 499 RMB + shipping (no power supply included this time) – they informed me that multiple colors were available – I chose a black frame and “smoke” acrylic exterior. However a silver frame and/or clear exterior was …
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Metal Fish’s Metal Book – a Community Review

This review has been written by forum member IntoxicatedPuma, and reflects their views, not necessarily those of SmallFormFactor.net. Only minor edits for readability have been made.  [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Since a lot of people don’t have access to cases and computer components inside China – or at least it is difficult to get them – I figured I would start a series to review some of the unique cases and components that are only sold locally. First up from The China Desk: Metal Fish’s Metal Book. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Basic Information & Background​ I purchased this on Taobao using the …
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AeroCool’s Dream Box – Wait… What??

Sometimes, we just need that extra level of customization in a computer enclosure. Of course, with products like the In-Win Chopin, we are sometimes able to get options like picking the colour of the accent portion of the case, if we are so fortunate. I suppose that’s nice enough. With the Aerocool Dream Box, however – the subject of today’s review – we get quite a bit more tweak-ability, if you will. With parts that seem to be based on the OpenBeam style kits (extruded aluminium beams), the Dream Box offers almost unlimited options when it comes to building what …
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In-Win’s Chopin – A Concerto in Black

In-Win, known for some time for their creative (but generally unremarkable) SFF designs, has been branching out as of late. From their H and D Frame cases, to more sedate variants, the company has begun to make inroads towards the mainstream market instead of the traditional OEM and system integrator markets. Today we are looking at the In-Win Chopin, a premium take on the BQ series. This case features an integrated 150w PSU, a mixed aluminium and steel design, and an interesting design element that we may have seen before, which we’ll discuss below. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Specifications Colour Options …
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NFC Systems S4 Mini Review

The Mini-ITX case market has seen significant growth in the last few years, from small upstarts and titans of industry alike. However, finding the proper balance between features and size still seems to be a tough nut for most case manufactures to crack.  It is with this backdrop that we see NFC Systems step in, with the S4 Mini.  A case that seems – on paper, at least – like it could be one of the best small form factor mITX solutions on the market today. Can a tiny manufacturer really topple giants like Fractal and Lian Li? Well, there’s …
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GEEEK A10 – Plastic Fantastic

Case manufacturers today have a litany of materials available to them to build a computer chassis with. They vary from the common steel and aluminum boxes, to more exotic wood and acrylic ones that have risen in popularity. And with today’s product review, of the GEEEK A10, we find a case made from the latter material – acrylic. GEEEK is a Taiwan-based case manufacturer that specialises in acrylic based PC cases, and the company has a few different designs, covering ATX, M-ATX and M-ITX. In the past, they’ve even produced a chassis for the failed VIA APC form factor! Additionally, one …
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Realan W-60 HTPC Case Review

Mac Mini, anyone? Say what you want about the value and utility of their products, but Apple arguably has the best design team in the industry. Which, of course, explains why companies always seem to be trying to mimic them – with our case on-deck, the Realan W-60, being the latest in a long line of Mac Mini-ish, m-ITX HTPC cases. Case Design The case shell is comprised of three 3.5mm thick aluminum pieces. The top and bottom panels can be separated from the sides via easily accessible screws, and the case itself measures in at a tiny 200 x 60 …
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Logic Supply MC600 Review

On the one hand, the mini-ITX market has been expanding at a fairly rapid rate as of late. Quite a few major manufacturers are now developing new mITX cases, which is great news, in and of itself – but a lot of these cases seem to be ignoring the “small” in small form factor. For example, the Fractal Design Node 202 and Silverstone RVZ02 do a good job of cutting some lbs. compared to cases like the Bitfenix Prodigy, and the recently launched Fractal Design Define Nano S. However for some of us, they are still not small enough. In the other hand, we have Logic …
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Jonsbo C2 – Sitting In The Middle

In the search for a chassis to fit my slightly oversized M-DTX motherboard, I came across the Jonsbo C2. Jonsbo may not seem like a familiar name, but the company supplies quite a few different models to Rosewill. I bought this case to run my every day system, so quality, quietness and cooling capacity were major decision points. So far in use, I would say that quality and quietness are of a good standard, however cooling leaves a bit to be desired. Let’s look at this product in a bit more detail: The box is very simple, but sufficiently thick enough to protect the …