Are you looking for a small factor PC case? This case could be it! What do we look for when choosing a small factor case? Some people look for easy accessibility and looks whereas some people look for weight and performance. Today I am going to review MicroFly from Ultra products. I would like to thank Ultra Products for making this review possible.
About the Product
What we have is a micro atx case from Ultra Products. What makes this case an eye opener is the weight and car quality finish. The MicroFly comes with a V-Series 400 watt power supply and a built-in CPU temperature sensor. Also an eye-catcher is the stylish handle that allows users to carry the case to the lan parties. The MicroFly also comes with 2 fans (120 and 80 mm) and a sliding motherboard tray. The whole case has an unbelievable light weight. This case is equipped with plenty of room inside for two external 5.25" bays, one external 3.5" bay and two 3.5" internal hard drive bays.
Product Features and Specifications
From the Ultra website
Micro Fly, Micro ATX Case w/ 400 Watt V-Series In the past, trying to find a compact case that is still versatile and truly dynamic was a daunting task. But that's all changed now that there's the Ultra Micro Fly! The Micro Fly can utilize any micro ATX motherboard, and because the Micro Fly is 1.5" deeper than similar cases, it can accept standard depth ATX power supplies and standard depth optical drives. Despite Micro Fly's compact size, cooling is never a problem since the Micro Fly comes included with an 80MM fan in the front bringing cool air in, and a 120MM fan in the rear pulling hot air out. The Micro Fly also includes front USB, Fire wire and Audio Outputs and is available with an optional, Ultra V-Series 400W power supply with custom length cables.
Micro Fly Case
V-Series Power Supply
Material: High Grade Aluminum
Dimensions: Length: 15" Width: 11.25" Height: 9"
Drive Bay: 2 - External 5.25" Bays 1 - External 3.5" Bay 2 - Internal 3.5" Hard Drive Bays
Form Factor: ATX
Expansion Slots: 4 Standard Slots
Case Fans: 1 - 120 mm 1 - 80mm
LEDs: Green - Power Orange - Hard Drive Access
Switches: Power Reset
Easy access front panel: 2 - USB 2.0 1 - Firewire 1 - Headphone 1 - Microphone Temperature Display
Supports AMD and Intel Motherboards
Low Acoustic Noise
Meets ATX Version 2.03 and ATX 12V Version 1.2 Specifications
Short Circuit Protection
In-Rush Current Protection
Thermal Overload Cutoff Protection
MTBF > 100,000 Hours at Full Load, 110VAC and 25°C Ambient Condition
Total Output Power: 400W (Full Load, Nominal Input Voltage) Efficiency: 70% Typical at Full Load and Nominal Input Voltage
AC Input Voltage: 115V/230V AC Input Frequency: 50-60Hz AC Input Currents: · 7.5A (RMS) for 115VAC input · 4.5A (RMS) for 230VAC input
Now that we got the technical side of the review done, let’s take a look at the actual product and its presentation.
Front of the box
Seal of warranty
The box came in as shown in the above images. On the top of the box there was a plastic handle for easy carrying. Before opening the box I noticed the Ultra seal. Ultra has llimited warranty on most of their products. The weight of the box was surprisingly light. I was expecting a little more weight than 5 pounds due to the PSU which is included with this particular model.
Opening the box
Opening the box wasn't hard. The plastic foam which surrounded the case protected it from any shipping bumps. The case also came with a plastic bag over it. It was a good idea to protect the surface of the case while it was being transported.
Fly out of the box
Front close up
After taking the case out of the box and removing the plastic bag I discovered another plastic wrap that was all over the case.
Highly polished surface
Side and top off
The case had a car polish-like finish. From the pictures above you can see the reflection. Removing the top and side panels was quick. It is important to have quick accessibility while working on the case.
The handle was located in the front of the case. To my surprise, the front of the case was made from plastic however it didn't look like plastic.
400 Watt power supply
Ultra fan 120mm
Ultra fan 80mm
The case came with a 400 watt power supply which is very light for it. The MicroFly came with 2 fans (120 and 80 mm). They were both conveniently located in the front and ithe rear of the case.
Motherboard and front panel connectors
CPU heat sensor
Motherboard tray knobs
Besides the standard motherboard connectors for the power and hard drive indicator, the MicroFly came with a heat sensor that can be attached to the CPU. What I thought was cool is the removable motherboard tray that didn't weigh anything at all. My guess would be approximately 20 grams.
Motherboard tray out
Power cable and misc screws
The motherboard tray came with a faceplate which could be easily switched. The case came with some spare accessories such as a power supply cord and a few spare screws.
Micro ATX motherboard
A perfect fit
I used my old motherboard just to show how the motherboard fit; everything fit perfectly.
Overhead shot of the motherboard tray
Hard drive bays
CPU heat display
The case had two 5.25" and one 3.5" external drive slots along with two internal hard drive slots. The front of the case had 2 USB slots, an earphone jack, a microphone jack and firewire.
Bottom of the case
Front air intake
There were four legs apparently rubbered at the bottom of the case. At the bottom front of the case I found an intake for the whole case which was being pulled by the 80 mm fan in the front.
Side air intake
The sides of the case had what looked like a mesh; I’m assuming this is for air circulation. The back of the case was very solid with a 120 mm fan blowing air out for cooling.
This is a very solid case. The weight and size of it could be an advantage to the average gamer. The car-like finish is highly stylish and would be a good show-off at any lan party. The front panel is highly recommended for lan parties. The CPU heat monitor is also a great tool. The front handle is very cool and very stylish. The case has ample room inside for drives and hard drives. The removable motherboard tray is a great idea especially for the small factor cases. I have found very little about this case needing improvement. The handles on the front of the case and the front case panel would be more greatly appreciated by gamers if they were made out of metal. The front end accessories slot could benefit from another monitoring sensor for the video card. A good addition for this case would be a Matrix Orbital interface. If you are into the lan parties and don't like lugging around your tower PC this case might be for you. The average price of this particular unit is 99$ with PSU. I am giving this case a 9/10. Great product!
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