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Atlantic - Elite Multimedia Storage Cabinet - Black/Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 447 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    does the job...barely

    Posted
    digitaljedi

    Let's start by saying a couple of things: 1) I don't blame Best Buy at all for anything I'm about to say as I saw this specific media storage solution at several places but Best Buy had the best price, 2) this is a cheap, particle board, full assembly required piece of furniture so the bar and my expectations were set pretty low to begin with. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into as I've assembled many of these types of things in the past. This one is the lowest quality and poorest design I've ever encountered. The assembly isn't too bad. I was done in about 45 minutes and nothing was particularly difficult, just frustrating. Some of the cam pieces were machined so poorly that I could not get them to get very tight. Also, the back piece is the sturdiest I've ever seen but putting on the top/back piece is insanely frustrating as it has 2 folds and is the largest. The design lacks a lot. Basically you build the top half, then the bottom half, then join them. The 2 halves are joined merely by some dowels and cams. This thing is over 5 feet tall so this doesn't make for a very stable feeling result. Remember those poorly machined cams I mentioned? Well add to the situation the fact that I couldn't get a few of them very tight and, needless to say, I would never try to lift this thing by the top half. Some of the shelfs just slide in with nothing to secure them meaning that when leaned, lifted, etc they are prone to fall out. They will also push out of leaned against a wall. The pieces are all too thin and the overall design is not deep enough. I looked before I purchased and saw that it is only 7+ inches deep, but I didn't realize how bad that would be in the end. Beyond a doubt, you HAVE to secure this to something. Does it hold my video game collection allowing me more room for future collecting? Sure. I probably wouldn't even be too upset over it if the thing was half the price I paid for it at the time (I paid $80). Unfortunately there aren't a lot of media storage options out there and this was the best price I found. In the future I will be purchasing wood, hardware, and paint and spending a Saturday afternoon building something of WAY higher quality for probably a similar price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great case if you need large capacity on a budget.

    Posted
    EbenezerStooge

    This unit is not the greatest thing ever, but it is not horrible. I paid $79 out the door (I used a coupon). This thing almost holds my entire collection, I have about 500 DVD/Blu-ray movies. Assembly took about 45 minutes. I actually like the fact the movies hang off the shelf. It makes it easier to pull them off compared to other units I have owned. It seemed sturdy enough after putting it together. For those complaining about how sturdy it is, I don't know what you expect for $80. You would need to get into the $200-$300 range before you would be able to purchase anything made of solid wood. And it still would not have the capacity of this unit. As long as you make sure to follow the instructions, and make sure everything is lined up perfectly, then it will hold everything just fine. I don't see this lasting through a move, unless you move it separatelty. Keep that in mind when you purchase. For $80 it was an awesome deal, and I am very happy with the price, capacity, and appearance. Could it be sturdier...yes. However, is it were sturdier it definitely would have been much more expensive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    This can work if you have some woodworking skills.

    Posted
    DarkMatterVirus

    Well there weren't very many options for a cabinet that holds 400+ DVDs for under $150. There were some other, more expensive cabinets that I preferred which had better customer ratings, but all of them were online only. And for reasons unknown, none of these could be shipped to a best buy location. The only option is to have it shipped to your home and pay 40-60 dollars for shipping. That defeats the purpose for me so I settled on this Atlantic Elitel, despite the bad reviews. Assembly took about an hour and some parts of it required 2 people. Putting this together went better than I expected. There was only one holdup about halfway through the process: 2 screw holes were not drilled correctly. The screws could not be tightened, so I redrilled the holes and used some longer screws. I also damaged a screw hole myself just from lifting this thing against the wall. Very cheap product. Finally, with this thing fully assembled, it can still be flimsy, so you must be very careful with it. And you should definitely use the wall anchor kit, because if this thing fell over, you would have several holes to redrill at the least.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Total Junk--No Customer Service to Help

    Posted
    silent0042

    So, I purchased this thing just as I was moving. It sat in the box for a solid month (maybe more) simply because I didn't have time to put it together. I started putting it together, and pieces were incorrectly cut. So, after attempting to get ahold of the company to have them fix them problem, I gave up (three phone calls, a week of them not being returned, e-mail, Facebook messages, Twitter messages, every possible way to get ahold of a company barring snail-mail). So, I went and cut down the incorrectly cut boards (there were 2 of them total). Then I really got down to putting it together and found that the holes were not drilled correctly. Literally the top and bottom of the unit are held together by 2 pins since the rest of the holes holding the unit together are messed up (not to mention that several of the boards are held together by nothing more than a small screw). This unit is total junk, which has been taken out to the fire pit because I don't feel safe using it. Total waste of money. I gave this unit 1 star simply because 0 or less is not allowable. I would never recommend this unit or the Atlantic company to my worst enemy. No one should ever spend $80 on something with such shoddy craftsmanship and no customer service to speak of. Terrible, horrible experience. Save yourself the headache and do not buy this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Particle board is weak. Cheap product.

    Posted
    MadDog
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    This is without a doubt, the worst piece of furniture I've purchased. One of the pieces broke in half at a weak point while assembling. There was a slot where a shelf would slide in, and it snapped there while I was just holding the pieces together for assembly. The particle board used in this product is not dense at all. While installing the back cover, there weren't any pre drilled holes for screws. It made installation a pain. The back cover was also so weak, one drop on the carpet would chip the edges. Its basically a thick piece of cardboard. After I've finally managed to put it together, it was very flimsy. Everything about this product screams cheap!. Consider it temporary furniture made for dorm rooms. Throw it away at the end of the semester.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent shelf for the price...

    Posted
    Anson357
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    For the price, it isn't a bad unit. Looks nice, holds plenty of media. Two issues that knocked it down a bit for me. First the base isn't very wide, so there isn't a lot of stability. Luckily I don't have kids or pets so I didn't need to use the anti tip bracket they want you to drill into your wall. If you're going to be using this on thick carpet, you may want to install that bracket. Mine is on hardwood, so it's not bad. Second, instead of making the packaging big enough to go with full height side pieces, the unit is split in two and requires cam locks and dowels to make it's full 5 foot height. For some, if not put together tight enough, it may break at that joining. I would have preferred and been willing to pay a little more for, full height sides. My only complaints. I like it for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Large and spacious storage

    Posted
    Dval
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    Just bought this unit the yesterday, 9/25/13, and so far I love it. I had 2 of the smaller Media Towers from Atlantic that could hold about 120ish DVDs/Blu-rays each, but my collection of anime has grown to the point where they didn't cut it anymore. Pros: Decently inexpensive. A good quality cabinet will cost a couple hundred dollars. High quality ones will run over $1000. Easy to assemble. An electric drill is recommended although you could get away with a screwdriver if that's your only option. Took me about 30 minutes overall. Looks great. Nice black finish, recessed shelves, and the interwoven design on the backing give it a very nice look. Cons: Feels cheap during assembly. Once it's all put together, it's nice and stable, but I found myself worrying throughout the construction if it was going to break or fall apart. Worries unfounded! If you need a lot of storage, this unit is the way to go. It doesn't jut out far from the wall, sits 5' tall, and is about 3' wide. Originally I was going to order a more expensive model from bestbuy.com, but it was unavailable. Glad that was the case because this one is looking great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don’t do it!

    Posted
    Angeleyes
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    This was a Christmas gift for my husband who is a huge movie buff. This is the flimsiest thing ever. It was a pain to put together due to the crafmanship and supplies. The locking mechanisms to connect the top and bottom don’t lock properly. Trying to put the back on was challenging due to the whole unit wobbling and nearly falling apart. You definitely have to mount it to the wall because it’s ready to fall over before putting anything on it. When you do put a dvd on it, it sticks pretty far out. Beyond disappointed and dissatisfied with this unit. I thought multiple times about taking it apart and returning it but I had come so far I decided to finish it. If it falls it will become firewood!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Absolute waste of time and money.

    Posted
    OriginalOtaku
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    We purchased this unit knowing full well that assembly was required, etc. I have no problem with this as I have a home full of things purchased as such. Yet half way through the process, or should I say ordeal, of putting the shelving together one of the lock nuts literally shattered followed by the support frame on the side snapping in two. While laying flat on the floor. I was initially going to chalk it up to a lesson learned but my fiancé convinced me to call the place of purchase and see what might be done (she was thinking rationally and I was not! I was rather irritated...) The local Best Buy graciously took it back for a refund, pieces and all. Do NOT waste your time. I will not purchase another item from this manufacturer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, Not Perfect

    Posted
    haythamgaber
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    For the price I was paying, I was not expecting too much. The overall build quality of the wood is acceptable. And like the other reviews does state, it is a little wobbly when you're assembling it. I did assemble myself, but it would have been so much easier and faster with at least 2 people working on it. Once completed, its okay. It does the job it was intended to do, and it looks nice (Check photo). The only complaint I have the wood quality, I can tell its a little on the cheap side, but I'm not too worried about it breaking down in the middle of the night. Any questions about it, you can comment below and I'll be happy to reply.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Packed to the max!

    Posted
    PRism
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    DVD's, Blu ray, PS4, PS3 etc. All of these are compatible among the shelves of the multimedia storage cabinet (and more). I have an estimate of my collection, but missed the total by a box! What did I do? I popped the DVD's on the top of the shelf, horizontally. Worked like a charm. If you don't have skill assembling items of this nature, get some help. You may find yourself frustrated at the assembly process and trying to figure I out. Taking portions of the build apart and putting them back together again, as it is a very specific, step-by-step assembly. Don't get ahead of yourself, be patient as to put together properly as well as the fact that the parts may be a bit fragile individually. Once together, you may never need to disassemble. 2 anchors for the wall, to keep shelf from tilting, are included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's decent but not the best

    Posted
    willieson99
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    This product has a decent amount of storage however it's not the sturdiest design. You build 2 halves - top and bottom - and are supposed to then connect the 2 together. However the connection only worked on one side for us, making the whole thing very wobbly. Once the back was on it tightened up. I recommend securing it to the wall for extra support. 3 stars as it works for what we need (and we probably just got a bad piece of hardware and didn't want to hassle with swapping it out)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Awful - Don't Buy; Not worth 1 star

    Posted
    Bluejadex

    I was looking for a large media cabinet to hold my cds, video games, and dvds/blu-ray discs. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of buying this unit. I obviously didn't pay close enough attention when I was buying this and wasted my money. There are NO adjustable shelves. None. So if you'd like to have the left side for cds or multiple shelves with cds, you'll have a lot of wasted space above them. Not only that, but the shelves themselves aren't deep enough for anything. Video games, cds, dvds, etc all hang off the edge of the shelf. So, whether or not the unit is anchored to the wall, you could easily knock everything off. I feel like I've been ripped off and only wish I could get my money back. All this is good for is an expensive bonfire. I'll now go find a REAL media cabinet, research it vs. others, and get rid of this waste of time, money, and space.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    Posted
    Jasonsfolks
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    Was debating on buying it because of all the negative reviews. Went to about a dozen furniture stores, and other office stores and could not find anything like this. Took about 1 hr to put together. Instructions were fine. If I could put it together in 1 hr it's easy as I never can follow instructions. It was 11 short steps to assemble it. It's not real wood but its not horrible either. I really like the black & grey tone. Holds my wife's entire horror collection and all of my stuffed monsters (See pic). It's not a bookcase so it does not need to be heavy wood. Its perfect for DVDs and CDs. Sturdy when you affix it to the wall. No issues with it. For $70 it's perfect. Love it!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love It

    Posted
    Izzues
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    No idea why this thing has all the bad reviews it has, but I personally have to say that this is the best media storage I have ever had! The hardest part is putting it together. Instructions are all that plain, but once it's together, you have something great! Unfortunately for me, I have more movies than I though and may have to buy another one to keep everything looking the same. The way this is built, makes it almost impossible to fall apart. The shelves can come out a bit. I do recommend a drill to keep everything solid in place! Great product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great media storage, very compact

    Posted
    knightwolf

    first of all this is a media storage not a bookcase. that being said, it does just what is says. I have to say I love my movies, I have over 1300 movies on 4 different formats (VHS, DVD, HD-DVD, & Blu-Ray)on 3 of theese (about to get another) and the adjustable shelves that this media storage has makes the adjust to the different sizes easy, and they give plenty of shelves (only problem i have is storing the extra shelves.) because of the sizes and material, it is a bit flimsy when first put together. However, when you put it up against the wall and add the media its more than adequite.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lacking Quality Control

    Posted
    LDeVree

    I bought one and brought it home to put it together. The instructions aren't too bad; I was able to follow and put the DVD rack together for he most part. I had one board that was drilled off center, so when I screwed into it, it split the board. I also had a board that wasn't pre-drilled at all. I called customer service and they said they are shipping me replacements. I'm yet to fully assemble the product because of these two parts... The rack itself isn't too bad from what I have. The shelves are a little thinner than I would like. Also note that DVD's will overhang the shelf an inch or so. This isn't an issue as the DVD cases are still supported adequately.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Look elsewhere

    Posted
    xcelerate999

    On my quest to search for an updated look for storage, I was pleased to find this product. It wasn't until i got home and started to assmeble it is when i slowly began to regret my purchase. The assembly was quick, the look was nice but very cheaply built. The wood peices are to flimsly and after i placed all my music and movies on it. Literally the unit looked like it was going to colapse on its self or tip over. The wall anchors are a must. Even with the anchors i still would not trust the unit. The design is nice it just needs to be a little stronger before I would reccommend the unit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible product

    Posted
    Daniel

    I bought this and ended up breaking the wood in the middle of assembling. I continued as it wasn't anything I couldn't hide and when I went to put the top half onto the bottom half, the pins wouldn't lock when I turned the cheap piece of metal that's supposed to lock them together. I will be returning in the morning and never purchasing anything from this brand again. I could more than likely snap the cheap particle board with 2 fingers if I wanted. I'll be looking elsewhere for a better made product since Best Buy doesn't carry anything of quality like the shelf I bought almost 15 years ago that I still use today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great Shelf

    Posted
    CJordan

    I really love this shelf. I've had it a little more than a year and I'm getting ready to buy another one. This is the largest capacity media storage unit I found even remotely in my price range. It holds a ton of movies, games and cd's and it looks good doing it. The pieces feel pretty flimsy when it comes out of the box, but once it's been assembled it's a sturdy enough unit. I love that it anchors to the wall because I have a 4 year old who could easily pull a shelf down on himself. As long as you take your time and put it together carefully, I'd definitely recommend it to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend