Hardware Review: VoomPC-2 Case
I just got my shipment which will soon by my first carpc, and wanted to review the products (since I couldn't find reviews for much of it). All items were purchased from the MP3Car.com store.
1. Initial receipt of the VoomPC-2 (by mini-box.com) case:
A. Weight surprised me. It was heavier than I expected, which is not a bad thing, but for an aluminum case I expected it to be lighter.
B. THE CASE IS BLACK! This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I have been looking at pictures of this thing online for several months now, and to me the body of the case looked grey and the ends looked black. The entire case and ends are black. Let it be known...
C. No manuals included whatsoever - hope you have a computer handy if your planning to follow the instructions (or print them out, but read on before you do!).
A. Everything was pretty self explanatory except for one bracket. It took me a minute to figure out where it went. I read through the manual and installation instructions, and there is only one picture of this bracket, and it is a very non-detailed picture. Trial and error was on my side and I figured it out. The "mystery bracket" held the slim CD-ROM drive and 2.5" hard drive. It slides into the upper groove in the case.
B. The CD ROM bracket mounting holes did not line up on one side of my drive. There were holes in both the drive and the bracket, but the holes did not line up. I don't think this will cause any problems, and everything may line up with other drives (mine is a Panasonic CW-8124 Slot Load)
C. The installation instructions were not too helpful. They seem to have been based off a older model of the case, where the hard drive is attached to the case under the power supply. The "Manual" seems to be specific to the VoomPC-2, but the "Installation Guide" is based on the original VoomPC case.
D. The molex connector that protrudes from the rear of the case is of poor quality. It pushes back through the case easily when you push against it. I was able to get the connectors together, but it should not have been as hard as it was.
E. SATA Hard Drives beware! Because of how the "mystery bracket" is designed, the connector on SATA hard drives is a little too close to the RAM on my motherboard (Jetway J7F21G5D). It does fit, but be careful when sliding everything into the case to ensure it doesn't permanently remove your RAM from your mobo.
Overall I think this is a great case (so far). I will say that I believe that this case is a bit overpriced at the MP3Car.com store as compared to competitors. On the other hand, MP3Car did ship this out very quickly, and I applaud them for that. I placed my order on Monday night, and I received my order on Wednesday afternoon. If they only would have responded to my emails, I would have been able to add the adapter cable for the slim CDROM drive to my order...
Once I get everything installed and running, I will update this thread if there is any relevant information.<br /><br />