Apex MI-008: A Cheap Quiet mini-ITX Case?

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The MI-008 looks like a slick, quality case from the outside, but once you pick it up, the facade breaks: Its surprisingly low weight (2.68 kg including the power supply) is the hallmark of a cheap, generic case.

The plastic front panel has a black glossy finish. The optical drive bay is stealthed and a small cover opens up for front USB and audio port access. The power button feels very solid — it won't accidentally engage if you brush up against it. The case lacks a reset button.

Visible from the back is an SFX power supply without an on/off switch. There is some ventilation to the left, and on the right is a full-sized expansion slot. The case cover is held on by four screws.

There are markers on two panels for the case feet. You can use the case in both horizontal and vertical orientations.

The left side (when looking at the case from the front) is completely solid, while the right side has a large vent measuring 16cm x 7.7cm. The cover is thin but unlike most cheap cases it fits snug against the rest of the chassis without any gaps or overlap.

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