The Prodigy is monolithic for mITX, but it did turn a lot people on to the possibilities of true SFF sized cases.
Couldn't agree more. I picked the Prodigy as my 'comeback' to PC building after going Mac/Console only for about 15 years. I was stunned at how much things have changed and how many options there are now!
The challenge of building into a 'small' case like the Prodigy really re-sparked my interest in SFF PC's...so much so that less than 12 months after finishing (*ahem*) my build I'm well into planning how to shrink it all into a Raijintek Metis
Now I don't see a need for large cases for anything below a multidrive file server.
I'm constantly seeing builds on forums, reddit, in person, etc. where there's one video card, one drive, maybe an optical drive, and that's it. Easily doable in Mini-ITX yet almost all I ever see is mid and full tower ATX builds.
I built my nephew's PC (SFF ofcourse), the last time we were at a LAN party with our case in one arm, screen in the other, we were all set. Others chugging away at their monolith-sized behemoths with hardware my NUC would almost laugh at, complaining about how much work it is to move their PC, yada yada. People stuck in their mindset, bigger is better.If only they'd have listened to me
Welcome Minimodder ! I've also ventured into car-PC territory with everything set in the shopping basket, only to stop and crap out when it came to the software part. Because I'm not a software developer and am not eager to learn to program, I was very afraid the software would be a major issue which wouldn't be easily fixable. Also, other issues like battery drain, boot-time and many other things pushed me in the direction of a high-end iPod-supporting headunit with good controls. But I must admit, it really intrigued me going down that road.