Who is Apex? Good question. Apex describes itself as an electronics company, and their wide range of products suggests that no other title would fit. They sell everything from TV converter boxes to tiny speakers to HDTVs. What made them decide to try and cash in on PC cases is any one's guess, given that the market isn't an obvious gold mine. Whatever their motives, they have offered Mini-ITX cases for some time, and the best of them is the MI-008.
First impressions of the MI-008 leave much to be desired. While the glossy plastic looks good enough from a distance, picking up and taking apart the case reveals that it's construction is no better than average. The metals and plastics are generic. But they're not bad, either. And when one looks at the way the Apex MI-008 arranges the internals, things start to click. The case overall is very long and narrow, which is a good thing. Were this to be placed next to a DVD player or a console in your home theater, width would likely be your main space concern, not length. The case is also only 5 inches tall, which means it can fit on a lower shelf without issue.
The features aren't bad, either. The MI-008 bests the Lian-Li by offering a front audio jack and a 3.25" external drive bay. Better yet, the MI-008 will only set you back around $50 dollars, and it includes the power supply. That is an extremely good price. The questionable build quality of the MI-008 makes it impossible to recommend to those who can afford better quality, but for those looking to build a budget HTPC or a tiny desktop, the MI-008 is tough to beat.