Based on another review and the photos, I did not expect this armoire to be cinnamon/cherry as suggested in the name, and it wasn't - so I wasn't disappointed. It's a dark brown, probably more aptly called espresso.
The back IS black paper/cardboard type material, however, for the price, I expected something had to be low-end. Luckily, it wasn't the shelving, doors, or anything visible (provided the back is against a wall). The remainder of the shelf seems to be pretty decent quality (the finish was a nice even satin, and looked like it cost much more than I paid).
I did not have any cosmetic flaws typical with this type of product. I felt it was really well packed, with the edges extra padded. Only one screw was bad (no threads on it), which was easily replaced. It took my husband and I over 2 hours to put this together, but partly because the the pieces are very heavy (the package was over 120 pounds !!).
I suggest an electric screwdriver to speed up the process, and you'll also need a hammer. You'll succeed much more easily with 2 people assembling, particularly in hammering on the back (one to line up and hold in place, while the other hammers the nails in - dozens of them).
After seeing it, my father suggested a heavier piece of plywood, stained to match, to cover the back. He said that would add stability, particulary if the item is moved around. However, as it is, it seems like it will work out well for me. However, I will likely take his suggestion, since I'd like it to last.
There are a few shelves that you can set to your preferred height with rubber-coated metal pegs (strength AND protecion, nice !). I found there to be adequate space for a 17" monitor (not much room left over though), a printer, the tower, 2 speakers, an external drive, a stack of paperwork/notepads, and then there was a large empty cubby at the bottom that I assume I will keep printer paper, etc. in.
The armoire is not tall (the height is mentioned in the dimensions, so I was aware), but it was wider than I expected, which I liked. I thought the lack of height would make it feel really small, but the width made up for it, making it feel more substantial.
One word of warning. The doors do fold all the way open and back against the sides (wonderful !!). I suggest you ALWAYS do this. When you pull the keyboard tray out, it will gouge the doors if they are not at least half-way open (lesson learned !).
If you have a lot of cords with your computer (printer, speakers, etc. etc.), you'll likely prefer this in a corner. Because you'll need to have the desk pulled out a good 3-4" from the wall to accomodate the cords, the not-so-nice back is more exposed. Choosing a location that minimized back exposure will make this piece more more enjoyable.
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