Date Joined: 11/04/13
Pros: This is my first PC build and everything just fit perfectly into this case. It also forced me to do cable management, which I had no idea about in the first place.
After owning this case for nearly 2 years, I could confirm that it does its job in preventing dust from getting inside pretty well. You'll still have to blow some dust off with an air blower every now and then (maybe 6 months), but the amount of dust isn't that significant. Most of the dust bunnies stay on the dust filters, so that's probably what you need to clean regularly.
Cons: I could use some more drive bays (5.25") and a free converter too for 2.5" stuff. (I've read one of their other products has a converter included)
So I've discovered some flaws over the course of 2 years that I've owned this case.
1. The front panel comes off very easily. I had to tape it to the main body just for me to be able to carry it around. It was especially hard when I had to move to a new place and I had to be very careful not to have the panel come off.
2. Related to #1 -- once the front panel detaches even a bit from the body, the wiring for the fans gets disconnected and you have to go through hell trying to reconnect it back due to the small space and the loose fit of the socket.
3. The ports started to malfunction. Around a year after owning this case, the audio/mic ports stopped working. The USB 2.0 ports stopped working as well so I had to rely on the 2 USB 3.0 ports.
Overall Review: UPDATE (2016-12-13):
Since the cons started to outweigh the pros for me over the course of 2 years, I've decided to replace it. Sadly though, I'll have to lower my rating to 3 stars because I expected more for a case of this price.
Pros: Now this corrects almost everything that was wrong with CM Storm Devastator.
The mouse seems to have been redesigned internally, so it's a lot better now. I was a bit paranoid that it might malfunction again at one point, but it didn't -- probably just needed some warming up because it was still new.
The keyboard is still awesome. I love the multicolor pulsating LED lights, and the Windows lock key as well.
Overall, it's a nice set that you can get for a reasonable price. You'll be adding $20 to the Devastator, but it's well worth it.
Cons: If you're used to using the right-click button on the keyboard, then it has been replaced with the LED light toggle key. No big deal, just needed some getting used to.
Pros: Keyboard is nice. It's very comfortable to type on. Mouse DPI button is very useful both for gaming and work. LED backlighting isn't too bright, and it looks nice.
Cons: You'll be lucky to get a perfectly functional mouse, with no problems whatsoever. The first one I bought had its mouse wheel squeaking whenever I scroll up, and then eventually, the mouse wheel started malfunctioning. The second one I got through RMA still has a squeaking mouse wheel. I've yet to see it malfunction though, but I hope not.
There must be a design flaw somewhere that needs to be addressed. But I guess that's the purpose of having CM Octane -- seems like a revamped version of Devastator.
Uncoordinated service. But that's besides the point -- it's not a factor for this review. They compensated me with a CM Octane, which I will write a review for as well. Long story short, I got a replacement CM Storm Devastator after 5 months.
Pros: Well, it worked.
Cons: None, I guess.
Pros: Basic keyboard. Meh.
Cons: Doesn't talk so I'm quite lonely.
Pros: CPU temperature never goes above 26~30C, and only goes to a maximum of 36C when I play games.
I've yet to try it on processor-demanding tasks -- but so far, so good. The thermal paste that comes with it is awesome as well.
Cons: Big? But I guess it's a necessary evil.
Pros: It has everything I needed to build a PC (even more).
Cons: It didn't build the PC for me.
Pros: Does what it's supposed to do.
Cons: Doesn't really fit perfectly into my case. I take caution when I insert a card to the card reader I'm using it for because it keeps on moving.
Pros: I'm quite surprised that it's as if my router is just nearby when I use this adapter on Windows, when it's actually 2 floors above.
Cons: However, it didn't fair well when I tried using it with Ubuntu. The connection was intermittent and the signal was quite low. Since I'm not really much of an Ubuntu user anyway, I'll only take off one egg.
Pros: - GOOD DEAL!
- Colors and viewing angles are nice
- Very clear
Cons: - Bad speakers -- but I have my own speaker system so I don't really care
- Kinda hard to navigate the menu with the buttons at the back, but it's fine... not a big deal
Overall Review: Got this monitor $20 cheaper than how it's supposed to be. Got lucky I guess xD