|SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06B mini-ITX Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Hank Tolman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 17 August 2009|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Along with the improved front face plate, which does wonders for the aesthetics of the case, a few other things have changed from the SG05. The reset button is now in the rear of the case instead of in front. The reset button on the back is a very nice touch, in my opinion. I can count on one hand the times I have used the reset button on this case. Moving it to the back helps keep the no-frills, sleek style by removing distractions.
The USB ports have been place side by side on the SG06, where they were vertically spaced on the SG05 with the headphone and microphone jacks between them. While this does consolidate the few items that must be on the front, it limits the user to slim profile USB devices, or requires the use of an extension or hub. That being said, why would you want the mar the subtle beauty of the case with a large and unsightly USB device protruding from the front?
The front plate is also home to the optical drive bay. The bay, in keeping with the small and unobtrusive theme of the case, supports slim drives only. Our case is complimented with the SilverStone SST-SOD01 8X DVD+/-RW slim slot-loading drive. SilverStone also offers the SST-TOB02 slim blu-ray drive. While slim drives may be slightly more expensive than full-sized optical drives, the point here, I belive, was to keep the case as small and as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
The case opens by removing the outer shell which encompasses the top and both sides of the case. This is a somewhat similar design to some mid-tower cases and a lot of other small form factor cases. The only issue I have with this style of case is that I sometimes have trouble refitting the outer shell back onto the case. I find myself fumbling around trying to make sure that both sides are properly place and lined up so I can push the shell into place and have all the screws from the back fit in the right slots.
Inevitably, I miss the mark somewhere, whether it be near the front where the top and sides bevel in to fit under the panel, or near the bottom of the case on either side. Maybe I am just clumsy, though, and after a few times opening and closing the case, I usually get the hang of it. The nice part about this shell style case is that opens up the whole case by only removing a single piece, rather than fumbling with two side panels and a top panel.
As a final touch, the case comes with four rubber feet with adhesive on them. They don't come pre-attached to the case, which is probably a good idea, as they are likely to fall off or be scraped off during handling and when unpacking the case. Also, I guess that means you can put them wherever you want them. I chose the classic four corner locations for the placing of the feet. The case seems to guide you to those locations anyway.