Reviews

9.2
Date: Apr 30th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Define R2

The Define R2 from Fractal Design manages to still turn some heads in the crowded sub 100 Euro case market. It may not look like much at first sight, but Fractal Design manages to stuff it full of useful features, which are simply not present in cases from the competitors.

8.3
Date: Apr 28th 2010
Author: Fitseries3
In: Cases
Microcool Banchetto 101

Microcool, typically known for their heatsinks, recently dove head first into computer chassis with their Banchetto 101 bench station design. With the option to mount your choice of water cooling hardware, this bench station stands out from the rest. Today we take a closer look to see how functional the Banchetto's design is.

8.3
Date: Apr 27th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake DH-202

The DH-202 succeeds the DH-102, with new looks and a couple of new features. It also costs around 90 Euros more than the aging predecessor. We take this 7" LCD display HTPC case for a speed to see if it gives us a bit of a deja vu or manages to impress with the new look and feel.

8.6
Date: Apr 20th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake V3 Black

The V3 Black is one of the most affordable cases from Thermaltake. It aims straight for the likes of Xigmatek Asgard, which sells for a similar price, trying to walk the thin line between usability and ultimate affordability. We take the V3 Black apart, to see if it manages to go the distance or falls short in the required categories.

9.1
Date: Apr 6th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Utgard

The term Utgard stems from the Norse mythology and means "land of the giants", ruled by Utgard-Loki. The Xigmatek Utgard offers you a unique and useful set of features, wrapped into a sturdy, tall and good looking chassis. We dive into the story to find out if the case will be forgotten or live on just as the legend has.

9.3
Date: Apr 2nd 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win Allure

The In Win alpha 360 may have gone under in the masses of cases available on the market, but the Allure manages to rise and be noticed due to the fancy floral pattern and added bling of Swarovski crystals. While it shines on the outside, it manages to screw a few smiles with the inner attributes as well, as we open the Allure up and take a peek inside.

7.5
Date: Mar 10th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Hades

The Hades is part of the Crafted Series and features four fans, a temperature LCD display along with a very edgy, industrial design. The interior is all black and NZXT has chosen a unique approach by having nine 5.25 inch bays and multiple rails for 3.5 inch drives.

9.0
Date: Mar 9th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-T1R Spider Case

Here's Lian Li being Lian Li. The PC-T1 is an open mini-ITX chassis, which is one of the most wacky cases on the planet: it looks like a spider when assembled. Being the case that it is, we wanted to look into the belly of the beast and see if the menacing looks are coupled with the kind of engineering required to pull such a design off.

9.3
Date: Mar 5th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
DimasTech Bench Table V2.5

Dimastech is continously updating their Benchtable and listening to the feedback of both users and reviewers. The V2.5 simplifies many aspects of assembly, while adding new and useful features to the Benchtable. We take a close look at what it has to offer and at the improvements, to see if it is a worthy successor.

8.1
Date: Feb 22nd 2010
Author: Fitseries3
In: Cases
Moneual Lab Y601B

Moneual Lab is taking a step into the entry-level case segment with the Y601B slim form factor micro-ATX HTPC case. It looks like the kind of product for anyone looking to save some space on their desktop, or an upright media center. This case from Moneual comes at an amazing value with a price tag of only 65 USD.

8.0
Date: Feb 16th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Azza Helios 910

The Helios 910 is a simple but sturdy chassis with nine external drive bays up front. It features an all black interior with a menacing looking 230 mm side fan, which comes equipped with blue or red LEDs. Azza is aiming to offer you a useful set of features at a price that won't break your bank.

9.0
Date: Jan 30th 2010
Author: Fitseries3
In: Cases
Mountain Mods Ascension Crystal Ship CYO Case

The Mountain Mods "Ascension Create Your Own" Series cases promise to be the ultimate customizable case for the PC enthusiast. The new Crystal Ship version offers acrylic panels to show off your PC's inner workings. The optional new XL-ATX motherboard tray can easily house the new ten slot enthusiast motherboards. Just how customizable is it and what new options is MountainMods offering?

8.7
Date: Jan 25th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master ATCS 840

The Cooler Master ATCS 840 revives the line of cases which essentially made the brand so popular in 2001. It will be interesting to see if the chassis is worthy to carry such an illustrious name and if it can light that same spark of awe and respect for the now established brand.

7.5
Date: Jan 7th 2010
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake Element V

The Element V is the largest case in Thermaltake's series intended for the professional user. The case features large fans with selectable lighting colors and adjustable rotation speed, all packed into a black and red eATX full tower case.

9.0
Date: Dec 29th 2009
Author: Fitseries3
In: Cases
Vidabox vCase3 HTPC Case

The vCase3 is a low profile HTPC case aimed at the DIYers out there who want an elegant yet simplistic design to house even the wildest of HTPC systems while not breaking the bank. Today we take a closer look at what the case has to offer.

6.8
Date: Dec 15th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake WingRS 301

The WingRS 301 is aimed at the budget user, carrying an affordable price tag of around 40 €. It features a black exterior and plastic carrying handle. Considering the large choice of enclosures at this price range, it will be interesting to see see what the WingRS brings to the table.

8.9
Date: Dec 7th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-B25FB KingMod Edition

The Lian Li PC-B26FB stuffs the high quality interior we have come to expect into an edgy and fairly elaborate exterior. Along the clean lines and top cover with two additional fans, you get a large, blue ring of light in the front. The CaseKing KingMod Edition adds sound insulation material to the chassis to drown out some of the noise the PC makes.

8.2
Date: Nov 30th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Tempest EVO

NZXT has taken the Tempest chassis and updated it with numerous small and large improvements. Now called the Tempest EVO it does not only feature design updates but new additions in fuctionality as well. All this, while keeping the same introductory MSRP as the original.

9.2
Date: Nov 6th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Obsidian 800D

Corsair takes their game to a new high with the Obsidian 800D, offering a full tower chassis with the company's unique device. The case does not only look massive, but also houses four hot-swappable hard drive bays along with an excellent cable management system and a window to show off the guts of the system.

9.1
Date: Nov 4th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lancool Dragonlord PC-K58

The Dragonlord PC-K58 may not have the same bite as the K62 when it comes to looks, but has the exact same amazing internal functionality and the same feature set. So the Dragon may not look as dangerous but still manages to scorch things up on our review - at a significant discount.

9.5
Date: Oct 28th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-V351R

The Lian Li PC-V351 is one ultra compact enclosure, without many of the expected shortcomings. It can swallow a big CPU cooler and long graphics card while managing to keep things cool and quiet. You even have the choice of up to 6 colors - a first for an all aluminum enclosure.

7.9
Date: Oct 20th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Lab Test Bench

The Cooler Master Lab is their first test bench unit and scores with some extremely compact dimensions along with the possibility to install a full size ATX board. We take a close look to see how it stacks up to the competition from the specialists like DangerDen or DimasTech.

8.1
Date: Oct 17th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Lexa S

The Lexa S is an updated version of the classic Lexa and Lexa Blackline Series, which goes into a totally different direction. With a much lower price point it is stuffed with a radically different set of features along with four, white bladed fans, a fan controller and the possibility to use a dual radiator within the case. These are just some of the numerous new features of the Lexa S, while the review goes into all the details.

8.9
Date: Sep 24th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Origen AE M10

Origen AE has taken their legendary construction quality down to a mini ITX platform with their newest HTPC chassis - the M10. It is made of two thick pieces of aluminum and features an external, passive 150W power brick - two aspects you won't get anywhere else. But is this enough to justify the 400 Euro price tag?

8.9
Date: Sep 17th 2009
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lancool Dragonlord PC-K62

The Lancool PC-K62 is the high-end model of the Dragonlord Series. It comes stuffed with four fans, screw-less systems everywhere you look within that black interior and a cool looking window to top things off. We go in for the kill to see if we can tame the Dragon.