Coming from the legendary AZEND... behold, its little brother!
Parents were in need of a new PC since their current is over 10 years old.
- General web browsing (Social Media, Online Shopping, Video/Music Streaming)
- Casual gaming at 1080P Low-Med
- PlayStation 1/2/3 Emulation
- Travel workstation
- MS Office Suite
Strictly under $1000 AUD; final price was $867 (~$692 USD)
- Windows 10 Pro + Software
- Black/gold trims
- Postage cost
The black/gold covers were crafted by hand using household tools and scraps.
Total estimated price is about $25 (+/- $5) AUD.
- Crafting knife
- 1 x Chrome gold vinyl wrap roll (600mm x 1200mm)
- 10 x Generic cable management wires
- 1 x Loctite 406 Instant Adhesive (25ml)
- 1 x Generic plastic A4 folder (Black)
- 1 x Electrical tape roll (1000mm)
- 1 x 120mm fan dust filter
- 1 x Bostik Blu Tack 75g
- Delivery of parts: 5 days
- Designing, planning and retrofitting: 4 hours
- Assembly and software installs: 8 hours
- Testing and stability checks: 1 hour
- Haven’t tested any type of OC yet, but at stock, it does what my parents need; and flawlessly in a snap.
- Those wondering about the original AZEND; 7 months later, it’s still working a treat! Only had to replace its PCIe riser since the stock one started to go awry. Overall, it still looks and performs the same with the aesthetic pieces still holding their form.
Unbeatable value with the performance it provides - it is a significant enabler of SFF and miniature HTPC builds. I sense a new market will rise from this product line alone.
It has overclocking support on CPU and iGPU, comes included with a fantastic stock cooler; and all at a unbeatable price.
Kudos AMD! You are absolutely making a killing lately!
When you open the retail box, you will know it was money well spent.
By far this has been the smallest case I built in - the size still surprises me to this day. It is the absolute 'go-to' chassis for SFF and HTPC enthusiasts - you get the exact amount of everything you need; like 2.5" mounts and USB ports; all at a very attractive price.
It's a little tricky to sort out the cables however, but a little pre-planning can make it pay off drastically (since, at this form factor, it can directly affect cooling performance).
The PSU is whisper quiet (even at load), and could you bring the little monster with you while travelling. The best part - you can transform it into a miniature powerhouse and silence the many arguments in the 'PC vs Console' atmosphere. The fine line between the two are just beginning to overlap.