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Chad C.

Chad C.

Joined on 02/06/14

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Most Favorable Review

Great Case w/ One Issue

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Series PH-ES614L_BK Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Series PH-ES614L_BK Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great case, you know everything that's been said about it. Lots of room, great cable management, good airflow, can be deconstructed for modding due to use of screws, not rivets.

Cons: The one issue I had with the case, is that upon arrival the metal around the top dust filter was bent and bowed. There is another reviewer that claims to have had a similar issue. I can't tell if it's just poorly applied to the plastic of the case, or if there's a deeper issue going on. Upon contacting Phanteks USA support, they requested a copy of invoice and pictures of the problem. Two days later they sent a tracking number for a new top panel, sent via UPS Ground. I am waiting for the panel to arrive, I've heard that since the case is held together mostly with screws that it won't be hard to replace. Don't do an RMA request via Newegg, just contact Phanteks using the email address on their website. Was not about to pay 60 bucks to send this case back for a replacement with Newegg.

Most Critical Review

Looks great... as long as you don't use the included LED strip

Phanteks Eclipse P400 PH-EC416PTG_BK Satin Black Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Eclipse P400 PH-EC416PTG_BK Satin Black Tempered Glass/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Plenty of room for water cooling if you choose -Sleek design

Cons: -Using the included LED light strip reveals tiny hairline scratches that appear to be INSIDE the glass giving the appearance of dust. I've tried every thing imaginable to clean the glass and they're still visible. -Beefier PSU's such as the EVGA 1300 watt G2 require removing the drive cage to install. -

Overall Review: I'm happy enough with it, but the glass being messed up is enough to make me wish I hadn't purchased it. Will need to downgrade my PSU down the line so I don't have to keep removing the drive cage any time I want to remove or add cables.

Nice looks

BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
BitFenix Shinobi Window Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: A great looking case is important because it's the main attraction sitting on your desk. This one definitely fits the bill. The black air vents running down both sides on the front and top can be removed and painted to customize the look. Most of the negatives about the case when it was first released have been remedied. The case now comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports along with 2 USB 2.0 ports. The feet on the bottom of the case are now must sturdier built and are bolted into the bottom of the case. They get the case high enough off the ground to offer a nice amount of room underneath for venting. Dust covers are included where needed.

Cons: I would like to see the hard drive bays turned around so that they are facing the panel instead of the motherboard. This is a feature you can find in most newer cases. The tool-less design used for the hard drive bays is aged, but works well enough. The dust covers are not the easily removable kind you'll find in newer cases, but they do the job well enough and only require undoing one screw to remove and clean.

Overall Review: This case just looks fantastic, and has enough features to justify buying the case on looks alone.

Stealthy

BitFenix BFC-SNB-150-ODDK-RP   Shinobi 5.25 Drive Cover Black
BitFenix BFC-SNB-150-ODDK-RP Shinobi 5.25 Drive Cover Black

Pros: No worries about your optical drives ruining the aesthetic of the case.

Cons: Installed out of the box there was a noticeable difference in color between this cover and the covers that come pre-installed on the case. Wiping the cover down with a slightly damp cloth fixed the problem.

Overall Review: Definitely recommend this for anyone who bought the case for the look, but still wants to use internal optical drives. Very satisfied with the product and it's a no brainer at the price.