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Saturday, August 15, 2020
From: Vancouver, BC
Easy to build in Subdued design Pre-installed rear case fan is relatively quiet Slightly tinted acrylic window Long front I/O cables Hard drive bays are toolless and feel high-quality
Side panel rattles a little when the CPU fan ramps up No dust filter on top fan grille Side panel is easy to scratch Not a lot of space for cable management behind motherboard
Dear reader, I bought this case for the same reason you're considering it. It's cheap without looking garish. But you're wondering if it's worth the cost savings, or maybe the splurge. Having bought, built in, and used this case for the last month, let me lay your fears to rest. Let's begin with aesthetics. It looks as good in person as it does in the photos. The front panel is made of plastic, with a faux-brushed metal finish on its face which resists scuffs well enough. The plastic wraps around the sides, top, and bottom of the case, where it transitions into a plain matte finish. Unfortunately these plainer surfaces scuff much more easily, for example with a fingernail. These scuffs do not wipe off. Grilles for airflow adorn the right, left, and bottom sides. The rest of this case is made of sheet metal, with a plain black finish that would be familiar if you've ever before seen a computer. This finish is much more difficult to permanently scuff, with fingernails making apparent marks that fortunately rub off. The side panels are interchangeable. One side panel features a subtly tinted acrylic window. Being acrylic, the window scratches quite easily, which is the one downside compared to tempered glass. The upside is that the case is quite lightweight. The window does stick out of the side of the case, making it more likely to suffer scratches from a passing knife or whatever. Unfortunately, the same-sized protrusion on the other side does not allow enough room for good cable management behind the motherboard. This leads us into build experience, which aside from that glaring flaw, is good with this case. I hit no unexpected snags or literal sharp edges. The case fits an mATX board and large graphics card with no issues, with room for an ATX board. Hard drive bays are super simple to install in, and come with adequate vibration reduction padding. Same with the front 5.25" bays. The side panel thumbscrews are nice. They're plastic on the knurled part you grip and metal on the threaded part, making them nicer to the touch without compromising durability. What can I say — I'm a sucker for pleasant design. In the month since I've been using my new-built computer in this case, here's what I've noticed: one, the windowed side panel rattles when my CPU fan spins up to full speed. I'm using the stock AMD Wraith Prism cooler that came with my 3700X. I think this issue could be solved with some strategically-placed foam tape, but I haven't been bothered yet to try. Elsewhere in the noise department, the pre-installed rear fan is quiet, even at full tilt. Airflow seems to be fine for my hardware (3700X, 2060 Super). The double-wide fan grille on the roof lacks any form of dust protection, so you'll want to pick up a filter for that. A "Silent" edition of this case retails for $15 more and nets you an extra pre-installed fan at the front, a fan speed control switch at the back, and foam padding on the inside, including the entire ceiling. You lose the window, however. The Youtube channel HardwareCanucks has a review of the "Silent" edition with some lovely footage if my words alone aren't enough for you (no harsh feelings). In conclusion, this is a fine basic case if the minimalist aesthetic appeals to you. If I was facing the decision again, I would definitely pay the extra $15 for the "Silent" edition so I wouldn't have to go out and buy dust filters for the top grille. Or maybe I would jump up a price class altogether for something with higher-quality fit and finish and more room for cable management. Quirks aside, I'm happy with my purchase, and I hope this review will help give you the confidence to choose a case for your own build.
Friday, December 16, 2016
From: Calgary AB
-Cheap and certainly value for the dollar -Nice color scheme and durability. Takes a beating -Decently sound-proofed. Note that a "silent" edition does exist, but the base model seems to be decent (not the greatest mind you), but sufficient enough to mask fans.
-Somewhat cramped interior. -Un-removable front bays. -Cpu cooler high is restrictive at 150mm. (Has comparability issues with Hyper212 \ tall coolers)* -Cable management support is "meh" *Supposedly, the Hyper212 will fit due to the side panel poking out a bit, it will probably be cutting it real close though. Something smaller like the HyperT2 or even a basic AIO would guarantee a fit.
Here is where i am going to be honest with you. If you have the money to up yourself into the next tier of cases ($99+), you probably are going to want to do that. ESPECIALLY for power-builds. This case is budget and i would not consider it sufficient enough for huge builds. It gets too cramped with the un-removable bays and airflow is frankly questionable. That said, if your doing a more basic build or need an entry level case, you cant go wrong with the 100R. Beyond that i would say no.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By: John Remedy
From: Surrey, BC