As we come to a conclusion on this review, I've decided one thing: I really like this system. Yes, there are some drawbacks to having a small form-factor PC, but there are also some huge advantages. The Revolt lets you have a full-featured gaming PC without the full-featured gaming PC size.
The case, which is custom-designed by iBUYPOWER, is extremely good looking. It features rubber feet on the bottom and side so the system can be oriented like a normal tower or like some Dells.
There are a few issues with the case construction. For one, I had trouble getting the side panel to close and it wasn't obvious what the issue was. After several attempts, I did finally manage to get it close. Furthermore, the custom lighting in certain locations didn't look quite as good as it could have. I could see individual LEDs behind the exterior and would have preferred to just see the light glowing out.
The Revolt also produced a bit more noise than the competition. If it had been just wind noise, it would have been fine. My issue was the distinctive whine that was associated with the noise, even when the system was at idle.
The system also lacks upgradability due to its small size, though this isn't really a con specific to the Revolt; this is more of an argument against small form-factor PCs in general. Additionally, the way the Revolt is structured inside makes it really hard to access the motherboard to upgrade or replace the RAM.
The price for a system like I reviewed here today is roughly $1,399. It comes with free lifetime phone support, which is certainly a plus. It also comes with the nifty custom-designed case, which isn't available anywhere else.
In the end, you'll want to deal with a company that offers the full package. Not only do you need help when ordering and configuring a machine, you'll want to buy a system from a company that stands behind the product they sell. I can certainly recommend the iBUYPOWER Revolt, provided you don't mind a little bit of noise and some of the other cons discussed above. The machine is certainly one I would be willing to take to LAN parties and show off.
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