There are quite a few upsides to this chassis. The MA-280 is sleek, small, and very nice to look at. Their use of space is superb, as I was able to pack quite a bit of equipment inside of it. The cooling while small in its 40mm fan as the only source of flow, I was still able to keep a LGA775 processor at levels I would have expected in a mATX chassis using passive means of cooling. So all that venting must do a good job of allowing enough cool air into the chassis, even with the small nature of the source. Under Intel Atom builds this chassis would handle its duties to protect and cool just fine.
The build went smooth, and even with non-English written instructions, I was able to get most of the build to function properly. There are a few points I must address here, though. The front panel, while having an attractive look, feels flimsy during the build and the slightly dysfunctional front door that "stealths" the optical drive just adds to that. Then on top of that, my LED's didn't function properly. I'm not sure if it is a quality control issue, or a need for a deeper look into the manufacturing process, but I feel if I buy a chassis it should fully function out of the box.
I have read other reviews of this chassis where similar issues are being addressed with the front panel as I had, so it isn't exactly isolated. Objectively I look at the MA-280, and even with its slight dysfunction, I really love the concept. Efficient uses of both space and power are top of the list, with a really sleek look fighting for either spot. Honestly, even in the condition it's in as I have it now, I would still have it next to my TV in my living room, if I had an Atom setup that is. I can always listen for the whir of the 40mm fan to see if it's functioning. With a price of around $70 USD when it finally gets released in the states, it is a great budget builder's solution to a nettop PC, as well as an attractive one to those who aren't. Let's just hope they get the panel issues solved before they do hit the shelves.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Modified Tesla Model S goes from 0-100 in 2.1 seconds
- Airbus wants to start testing flying cars this year
- Pokemon GO generated an insane $950 million in 2016
- Nintendo Switch will have 'steady pacing of content'
- Faraday Future stops factory construction to afford CES
- How to get larger than 2TB HD to work on GA-P35-DS4 Rev 2.0
- G skill Trident Z 32GB ( 2 x 16GB) DDR4 3000 Cas 15
- Intel 82579v - Code 10 - media disconnected
- 80mm or 92mm Fan for D8000-3
- p67a-ud3-b3 with u1d UEFI bios: pcie 4x works as 1x
- BIOSTAR announces Z270 motherboard lineup
- Immersion and Nintendo enter into agreement to bring Immersion's TouchSense Technology to the Nintendo Switch System
- LucidSound invites Nintendo Switch gamers to a new standard of powered audio with the LS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset
- Opera Neon envisions the future of web browsers
- Nintendo Switch launches March 3 at $299.99