Silverstone Kublai KL04 Review 9

Silverstone Kublai KL04 Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Silverstone Kublai KL04 sells for around 80 Euro or 85 - 105 US Dollars (depending on the rebates).
  • Interesting approach to a HDD tray
  • Three 120 mm fans included
  • Foam lined HDD cage
  • 3.5 inch HDD cage easily removable
  • Up to five 2.5 and 6 3.5 inch HDD can be placed within
  • Tool-less locks for 5.25 inch bays work well
  • Easily removable dust filters
  • Good cable routing possibilities
  • Loads of space to hide cables in the bottom area behind the motherboard tray
  • Eight expansion slots
  • USB 3.0
  • Tall feet offer plenty of ground clearance
  • Large CPU coolers will fit easily
  • Will fit long graphics cards
  • A bit pricey
  • Thin steel, feels a bit weak
  • Expansion cards secured outside of the chassis
  • 2.5 inch cage gets in the way of both PSU and 3.5 inch HDD bays
  • Colorful case cables
  • Unconventional external design choices not for everyone
  • Basic I/O
  • Openings for water cooling lack rubber grommets
Silverstone is well known for pushing the boundaries of case design. They have shown with the Fortress and Raven series, that unconventional thinking does result in some excellent, useful and unique products. The Kublai KL04 tries to offer a bit of that genius in a traditional chassis, but ends up falling a bit short. While the approach to the HDD cage is pretty interesting, it does not really end up offering additional functionality or value. In the end, the ability to install up to eleven hard drives within a chassis may be a great aspect for some, but most users rarely end up filling a standard midi-tower with so many drives. Also cramping the interior full of these bays will most likely drive users to simply remove the 2.5 inch cage completely, as it leaves a bit too little space for comfort.
On top of that, unusual choices in terms of material, with the choice and the method of securing expansion cards on the exterior of the case frame, do not really cater to the case's price tag. In the end, the market of 70 to 90 Euro cases is probably the most crowded one and it may be tough for the Kublai KL04 to offer enough to go against many other choices out there, as these will end up offering a more useful feature set or better overall look and feel.
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