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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Five (5) Preinstalled Fans, Side Window Panel, Top HDD Dock
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 6 USB ports, 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0.
Hot swap dock (that doesn't actually work - see below

Cons: Where do I begin. Let's start with the non working Docking Bay. Worked intermittently for about a week and then stopped. It will occasionally recognize a drive is connected but doesn't connect it well enough to access it. You might be able to copy a small 1 or 2 megabyte file but nothing larger before it freezes or looses connection. Booting from it is impossible. Considering this is the main feature I purchased this case for it made the purchase useless. Contacted Rosewill numerous times over this problem but never received any sort of support for what has become a well known problem with this and other Rosewill cases with the same docking bay. My friend has the exact same problem with his Rosewill Stealth case that he purchased a couple of days after me.

The wiring for the front/top panel connections (power, reset, audio, usb, docking bay) are routed poorly. They block access to the top 5 1/4" bay enough so that you have to place too much pressure on them to use the top bay. This tends to cause the connections to work intermittently or not at all.

The side window (if you care to call it that) is positioned poorly and tinted too dark to be useful. You can't see anything in the case clearly as it distorts the color and doesn't allow you to see anything important The side panel fan is pretty much useless for cooling and just forces them to include the poor window. They would have been much better off leaving the fan and fan opening off completely and just putting a larger, normal shaped window in the panel instead.

The drive caddies aren't well made. They don't fit very tightly in the cages when you have a 2.5" drive in them. Not so bad with an SSD, but they rattle like mad with a platter drive. Heck, they don't fit that snuggly with a 3.5" drive to be quite honest and rattle with them install.

Overall it just feels cheap like one of those $30 bargain bin cases. The fit and finish isn't up to the standards of a case at this price point.

The worst part is the lack of response from Rosewill and how long the docking bay problem has existed without them fixing it.

Other Thoughts: My parents and grandparents used to say you get what you pay for and they were correct. I should have spent an extra $20 to get a Fractal case and installed a hot swap bay in one of the 5 1/4" bays instead of this thing.

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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Five (5) Preinstalled Fans, Side Window Panel, Top HDD Dock
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 6 USB ports, 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0.
Hot swap dock (that doesn't actually work - see below

Cons: Where do I begin. Let's start with the non working Docking Bay. Worked intermittently for about a week and then stopped. It will occasionally recognize a drive is connected but doesn't connect it well enough to access it. You might be able to copy a small 1 or 2 megabyte file but nothing larger before it freezes or looses connection. Booting from it is impossible. Considering this is the main feature I purchased this case for it made the purchase useless. Contacted Rosewill numerous times over this problem but never received any sort of support for what has become a well known problem with this and other Rosewill cases with the same docking bay. My friend has the exact same problem with his Rosewill Stealth case that he purchased a couple of days after me.

The wiring for the front/top panel connections (power, reset, audio, usb, docking bay) are routed poorly. They block access to the top 5 1/4" bay enough so that you have to place too much pressure on them to use the top bay. This tends to cause the connections to work intermittently or not at all.

The side window (if you care to call it that) is positioned poorly and tinted too dark to be useful. You can't see anything in the case clearly as it distorts the color and doesn't allow you to see anything important The side panel fan is pretty much useless for cooling and just forces them to include the poor window. They would have been much better off leaving the fan and fan opening off completely and just putting a larger, normal shaped window in the panel instead.

The drive caddies aren't well made. They don't fit very tightly in the cages when you have a 2.5" drive in them. Not so bad with an SSD, but they rattle like mad with a platter drive. Heck, they don't fit that snuggly with a 3.5" drive to be quite honest and rattle with them install.

Overall it just feels cheap like one of those $30 bargain bin cases. The fit and finish isn't up to the standards of a case at this price point.

The worst part is the lack of response from Rosewill and how long the docking bay problem has existed without them fixing it.

Other Thoughts: My parents and grandparents used to say you get what you pay for and they were correct. I should have spent an extra $20 to get a Fractal case and installed a hot swap bay in one of the 5 1/4" bays instead of this thing.

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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Five (5) Preinstalled Fans, Side Window Panel, Top HDD Dock
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 6 USB ports, 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0.
Hot swap dock (that doesn't actually work - see below

Cons: Where do I begin. Let's start with the non working Docking Bay. Worked intermittently for about a week and then stopped. It will occasionally recognize a drive is connected but doesn't connect it well enough to access it. You might be able to copy a small 1 or 2 megabyte file but nothing larger before it freezes or looses connection. Booting from it is impossible. Considering this is the main feature I purchased this case for it made the purchase useless. Contacted Rosewill numerous times over this problem but never received any sort of support for what has become a well known problem with this and other Rosewill cases with the same docking bay. My friend has the exact same problem with his Rosewill Stealth case that he purchased a couple of days after me.

The wiring for the front/top panel connections (power, reset, audio, usb, docking bay) are routed poorly. They block access to the top 5 1/4" bay enough so that you have to place too much pressure on them to use the top bay. This tends to cause the connections to work intermittently or not at all.

The side window (if you care to call it that) is positioned poorly and tinted too dark to be useful. You can't see anything in the case clearly as it distorts the color and doesn't allow you to see anything important The side panel fan is pretty much useless for cooling and just forces them to include the poor window. They would have been much better off leaving the fan and fan opening off completely and just putting a larger, normal shaped window in the panel instead.

The drive caddies aren't well made. They don't fit very tightly in the cages when you have a 2.5" drive in them. Not so bad with an SSD, but they rattle like mad with a platter drive. Heck, they don't fit that snuggly with a 3.5" drive to be quite honest and rattle with them install.

Overall it just feels cheap like one of those $30 bargain bin cases. The fit and finish isn't up to the standards of a case at this price point.

The worst part is the lack of response from Rosewill and how long the docking bay problem has existed without them fixing it.

Other Thoughts: My parents and grandparents used to say you get what you pay for and they were correct. I should have spent an extra $20 to get a Fractal case and installed a hot swap bay in one of the 5 1/4" bays instead of this thing.

READ FULL REVIEW

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Display Name: Donal I.

Date Joined: 05/20/02

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  • Last Review: 09/29/16
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