Time for the internal optical drive to go away on these small cases for other components or airflow.
I love my optical drive, and use it regularly. But I can live with something external, if it meant better airflow for the main machine.
I agree. Remove the optical drive bay. Just like the other commenter said, I use my optical drive more often then most people do now but I would much rather have better airflow. Maybe make the bay detachable and include an extra front mesh cover without the cutout?
If you had gone to the website, you would find that that area doubles as space for 2 2.5" drives (IE, two SSDs or one SSD and a large Laptop size HD)
If you put a 120mm radiator in the system, it doesn't leave a lot of room for multiple drives.
That being said, you can produce a very powerful system in a small footprint with this case because of the 120mm raditor and ability to put a dual GPU card in it. This allows you to get a good overclock on your CPU and can drop 16 G of RAM in it (but that might be overkill). I made a good gaming machine using the Elite 120 (the older sibling of this case), but because it takes work to put a radiator in the 120, you're limited on how much power you can push, with the addition of the radiator, you can build a monster in a small footprint.
I can very easily see Bit Fenix losing some market share in the SFF area (where the Prodigy sits) due to what Cooler Master did with their update for the E120 to the E130.