To install the top HDD, the top of
the case must be removed. This is a not quite true for the FDD which
thankfully can be put in with out having to remove something else. Heck,
just think about that. To install a FDD the bezel comes off, the sides are
unscrewed and opened - the last thing you want to do next is take off the
top of the case as well!!
Wheels would have been a rather nifty feature to have, but
instead the 750 has much more practical 3-1/2" wide stands. Last thing anyone wants
to see is their computer rolling across the floor or tipping over. :)
Ever since I sliced my fingers open on a cheap case, which by its cheap
nature had knife blade edges, rounded edges have been not a luxury but a
necessity. This case is definitely user friendly, all metal edges are folded over
so they are nice and smooth. The knock outs in the front of the case are a bit
sharp, but that's to be expected. Luckily those areas are not common places to be
sticking hands and fingers.
Since I'm on the topic of metal, lets talk about the quality of the case
material. We've seen some cases that are so thin, installing a peripheral in the
5.25" bays will warp them, lean on the frame and it bends and install a hard
drive everything sways an inch or so. This case doesn't do that kind of crap.
The outer panels, and inner framework are made of nice thick gauge steel (about
1.0 mm thick). While the outer panels are nicely coated in zinc, the inter
panels are coated in shiny version of... I don't know. Anyway the frame is
nicely coated with some manner of rust protection.
While you would expect the power and reset buttons to be easily accessible,
that is not always the case. I have a real hatred of cases that make you search
out for a pen before you can reset the system. Thankfully, the Supermicro
750 has controls which are easy to use with just the hand. As far as hardware
monitoring goes, things are rather simple. There are only three LED's: HDD
activity, temperature warning and Power ON.
While I have a found a few quirks with this case, I must say that overall it
is still an excellent case. It costs, a pretty penny, but you at least feel you
are getting your money's worth when you start to look inside, and notice the
little touches that go into the 750. The swing out doors are really handy, and
although you still need a screw driver to get them open, ease of access is not
difficult. The height of the case may pose some problems for under the desk
applications. Mainly because is just doesn't fit. But with a monitor extension
cord, that point becomes moot. Eventually it all boils down to the internal
layout, the multiple fans, and attempts at filtering incoming air. On these
points the SuperMicro 750 scores high. So, while there are a few issues of
convince that could be improved, the overall impression of this case is a strong
one. If you have the cash, and are looking for something big to hold your
system, this case makes an excellent choice overall.