- Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
- 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Audio Front Ports
- 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 7 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Like dating a model... 01/17/2014
This review is from: BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Good Cable management options
USB 3.0 front panel
no static from front panel audio
everything else in the box was total garbage (manual, screws, standoffs, etc)
First off, this case looks just as sharp (if not sharper) than the pictures make it out to be. The plastic + steel look is really sleek and, IMHO, pulled off very well. In case you couldn't tell, I bought this basically entirely for looks, and in that area it doesn't disappoint.
The manual is total garbage. Had to consult Google twice while installing drives to clarify what the manual leaves out. In case you're curious, there are extra pieces of metal you need to snap out before installing the 5.25" drives (manual makes no mention at all of these, so I thought at first they might somehow be part of the case, since they don't just pop right out). Also, to remove the 5.25" to 2.5" converter, you need to pop the plastic piece off from the front, then slide the entire bracket out through the back (the manual has some vague B.S. like "slide the bracket out."). So anyway, after swallowing my pride and admitting I had to consult Google to put things together, it's not that big a deal, but in the moment it sure was infuriating.
The other part that got me was that the screws and mainboard standoffs included didn't seem to fit each other very well. The standoffs wouldn't fit into the holes in the case (too wide maybe? I had to use pliars to fasten all the way), then the other end of the standoff was too narrow for the screws. I couldn't get them all the way in, and when I tried unscrewing them, they pulled the standoffs out with them! I ended up using leftover standoffs I had lying around because the ones included were of no use.
Inside the case, everything was great, lots of routes for cables (including a great corner cut out for the 8pin CPU cable that my old case was sorely lacking.) The back panel has plenty of clearance to shut even with a shamefully large nest of cables bundled beneath it. The tool-less and screw-less drive securing mechanisms seem to work really well and easy to deal with. My GPU (GTX 780) barely fit, I had to squeeze around the HD SATA cables, but it made it in. It might not have worked as well if I didn't have 90 degree SATA cables.
The front panel works great too, no static through the headphone port (I had that on my old case too.) and it's great to see those blue USB3.0 ports.
Overall, it's a pretty nice case. For the price you pay, I really don't think it should suffer from the problems it does (come on, BitFenix, for eighty bucks, throw us some decently machined screws and a properly thought out manual for crying out loud!) But even with these issues, I can't say that I don't love it. It really is a beautiful case.
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