Author: Greg Baden
Installation is pretty quick and simple with the BUC 101 considering all of the tool-free options that have been put into this case. Starting off, you don’t have to install any motherboard standoffs for a standard ATX motherboard, just simple place your motherboard and secure with screws.
Installing an expansion card requires you to remove the necessary slot covers, which can’t be reused, which I was sort of surprised to find out. While it’s kind of a negative against this case, the average user probably won’t even care. For those that do care, In Win does include one extra, reusable slot cover. To remove the slot covers, simple release the latch of the tool-free device, wiggle the cover back and forth a couple of times until it pops out, install your card, then snap the device back down until it clicks.
To install a 5.25” drive you have to do a couple of steps. The first is to remove the front panel, which In Win has made pretty easy. Simple release the clips that hold it to the case and swing the door open. You can then remove the covers you need.
Once the front panel is back on the case, simply pull out on the tool-free mechanisms, slide your drive in, align it, and push the buttons back in. This is the first time that I’ve seen a push-pin style for tool-free devices on a 5.25” slot and I have to say, it’s not only one of the easiest, but also one of the most secure I’ve seen.
Installation of 3.5” drives doesn’t even require any tools or screws. You can just simply pull out one of the rubber-like drive trays, place the drive in and slide it back into the slot. However, if you want to be more secure you can use one of the included screws to secure it to the drive tray.
You can also install a 2.5” drive on any of the drive trays, just simple align with the screw holes and secure with proper screws.
When you’re installing and uninstalling cases all the time, you don’t really take the effort to manage your cables. However, the BUC 101 does have several channels to route your cables with ease, if you choose to do so.