Bitfenix Enso Mesh Review 9

Bitfenix Enso Mesh Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The BitFenix Enso Mesh in black retails for $89–$99 excluding taxes, while the white version carries a $10–$20 premium depending on where you shop.
  • Really cool, addressable RGB embedded into the front of the chassis
  • Airflow is much improved compared to the original Enso
  • Easily removable front metal mesh cover to gain access to front cooling area
  • Easily removable dust filters underneath the PSU bay
  • Both magnetic mesh and solid covers for the top included
  • RGB functionality expandable, and synchronized with motherboards
  • RGBs controllable via a button on the chassis
  • Can hold up to five hard drives
  • Two fans included—one with RGB LEDs
  • Metal shroud to keep things looking clean
  • Straightforward assembly
  • Plenty of space for long PSUs
  • Large GPUs of up to 340 mm will fit
  • CPU coolers of up to 160 mm are possible
  • Available in black or white
  • Front fan not RGB
  • Space on metal shroud could have been used for additional drive storage
  • Top openings could have been better placed for additional radiator compatibility
  • RGB, power, and reset buttons are the same size
The BitFenix Enso Mesh may not turn any heads when turned off. BitFenix has essentially taken the original Enso and upgraded the front panel with a removable metal mesh cover without compromising the overall design. The lack of airflow has been an issue for some users of the original, which is something the Mesh variant clearly addresses. The price premium between the two is around $20, but you should also be able to find the entire front cover assembly for around $35–$40 if you just want to upgrade your current Enso. Most cases in this segment tend to lack any type of differentiation, banking mostly on providing looks as a driving factor. Looking at the enclosure's exterior, it can be considered one of those sheep in the herd while turned off, but once you turn it on, you see the wolf with its mesmerizing addressable RGB ring and an RGB fan in the rear that adds to the lighting of the chassis even further.

Even though things are kept simple and effective, the Enso Mesh also manages to impress with solid build quality and some nifty functionality, like the easily removable dust filters and magnetic front mesh. On top of that, you get both a metal mesh and solid top cover with magnetic strips.

That said, the competition isn't keeping still either, with some brands offering a more potent PCB that goes beyond RGB control and includes fan speed adjustments as well, which is certainly something to be considered. While the embedded aRGB strips in the front are a great touch, I feel as though BitFenix could have upgraded the front fan to one with LEDs as well to further differentiate the Enso Mesh from the original and the competition out there.

This case essentially does everything right at its price point given its solid build quality and paint job, but there are a few points BitFenix could have addressed without having to raise the price. On one hand, the top opening could have been larger or somewhat better placed to maximize the possibilities for liquid cooling within the Enso Mesh. Also, the metal shroud offers loads of space for additional storage drives, which would have been a nice possibility even if it would have BitFenix sells those additional trays as an extra accessory kit.
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