A well-constructed workman-like case, with fewer frills than we expected
Hiper may not be well-known in the States, but in Europe it’s big in the power supply and chassis markets. Now, Hiper is branching into the American market and has brought at least one solid contender to the great case race.
The Hiper Osiris is a midtower ATX case constructed of 6063-T5 aluminum alloy, which makes it very sturdy. The top, clip-on front panel, and side panels are all finished in black brushed aluminum, which looks quite fine. Frankly, we’d expect a little less heft from an all-aluminum chassis, but the beast clocks in at more than 18 pounds. On the other hand, it’s certainly not going to break on you.
Inside, the Osiris is finished in black, except for the unpainted motherboard backplate, which takes up only the space required for an ATX motherboard, leaving plenty of room for cable routing and tie-downs (with the included Velcro straps). The Osiris includes three 12cm fans—front, top, and rear. PCI slot covers are of the flimsy snap-off variety, but Hiper includes several ventilated replacement covers—a nice touch.
A classy cartouche, nice optical besels, and an all-around attractive midtower...
The five optical drive bays are made from solid black-painted aluminum. Drives slide in on little shelves and are screwed into the side of the bay—no toolless slots here. The front panel includes fancy bezels for the top two optical drives, and Hiper includes a mounting bracket for a floppy drive or media card reader.
A four-slot hard drive rack works the same way as the optical bays, but lies on its side. The front panel faceplate must be removed, along with two thumbscrews, to slide the whole rack out, front fan and all, before drives can be added. Once secured by four black-painted thumbscrews, the drives are held solidly in place, with little foam-rubber strips on the inside of the bay to dampen vibrations.
The side panels are worth a special mention—thanks to a set of nifty latches at the top, they are easily removed but hold firmly when in place. The left-side panel even has a mesh-covered plastic window.
The Osiris’s front-panel connectors (increasingly a misnomer as many modern cases, including the Osiris, have theirs on top) include two USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, eSATA, and a line-in jack for home recording or auxiliary inputs like MP3 players, as well as power and reset buttons.
...but a little friendlier install would be welcome.
Provided you’re up for a little screwdriver action, the Osiris install process is relatively painless. It’s surprisingly roomy for a midtower case, and we had no problems fitting big graphics cards in it. The aforementioned hard drive installation is the only marginally annoying part of the process, but you’ll be secure in the knowledge that your drives aren’t going anywhere.
The Osiris is a solid, roomy case with a workman-like feel to it. You’re not going to find too many fancy features here, like a slide-out motherboard tray, removable fan filters, or even toolless drive bays. Which is a shame, considering the price: about $180 MSRP. It’s a good case, but we can’t help but wish for more.
Great construction and build quality. Cool side panels.
Lacks many of the fancy features we're used to. A bit pricy.