It’s easy to dismiss Enermax’s new Coenus line of computer cases the moment you lay eyes on the gunmetal-gray ECA3290A-G. It’s a tiny Pomeranian of a case—only microATX and ATX motherboards need apply—and it feels every bit as flimsy to hold as its front panel and bulky top are goofy-looking.
Note: This review was originally featured in the September 2013 issue of the magazine.
We received an email from Enermax letting us know that its Ostrog computer case is now available in pink (limited edition) with a white internal coating. At the bottom of the email is a taglines that reads, "Pink is the new black," which is news to us. More appropriate, however, is the timing of the launch, which just so happens to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
Fractal Design is a big fan of small, subtle modifications within its various lines of computer cases, or so it seems. At first glance, you might assume we are simply blowing some dust off the ol’ Fractal Design Define R4 and giving it a re-review. And we wouldn’t blame you for thinking so—the two cases look nearly identical.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
At the end of August, Cooler Master announced the HAF Stacker, the world's first stackable mod tower. It's actually a series of individual cases consisting of the HAF 935, HAF 915R, HAF 925, M-ITX HAF 915R, and M-ITX HAF 915F, but with the modular concept Cooler Master is shooting for, you can stack them up in various configurations and create something truly unique. Wondering how it all works?
Not all computer cases can accommodate a water cooled setup. That isn't a problem for Lian Li's new PC-D600 case, however, as it sports a double wide brushed aluminum design with "tremendous water cooling support," the company says. To elaborate, there's oodles of elbow room inside the dual-compartment chassis, and if you're so inclined, you can install a 240mm radiator on the left side of the case, and on the right side 360mm/420mm radiators in push/pull are supported.
Show off your goods with an oversized acrylic window
Enermax dropped us a line to give us a heads up about its new iVektor mid-tower computer case that will be available later this month in three color options: Silver (ECA3310A-W), Red (ECA3310B-R), and Black (ECA3310A-B). Featuring stylish lines and angled fan grills along the top and front of the chassis, iVektor is an attention grabber designed to show off your components, which is made possible with a large side window.
Zalman’s MS800 Plus aspires to accomplish much for its super-inexpensive price of a cool $100. And on paper, it does.
However, a case is more than just its spec sheet, and the MS800 Plus is a perfect example of a chassis that looks a bit flashier on the printed page than underneath your desk. At its core, the MS800 Plus is a budget case; it suffers the same budget drawbacks you see in a number of cases in this price range, which lessens the impact—or “cool factor”—of the otherwise interesting elements that Zalman adds to the mix.
Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of the magazine.
If you're a fan of cube shaped computer cases, you should take a look at the new Phenom line by BitFenix. The case maker says its Phenom cases sport a "sleek modern cube design" intended to blend into just about any environment, whether it's at the office or home in the living room. Outside of the cube shaped styling, there are two case options, one for mini-ITX builds and the other for micro-ATX configurations.
It's a more compact version of the Cosmos and Cosmos II
The busy bodies over at Cooler Master launched a new computer case under a familiar name. It's the Cosmos SE, and like its predecessors (Cosmos and Cosmos II), the design is supposedly inspired by sports cars, only this version is more aggressive, nimble, and compact. Built in part for the road, it has curved aluminum handles and a sleek outer exterior.
We're big fans of the modding movement, and though we never play favorites, it's always awesome when a company decides to a hold a contest to reward creative individuals for thier hard work. Such is the case today, with Cooler Master announcing its 2013 Case Mod Competition. The competition runs until January 31, 2014, and there will be plenty of cash and prizes given away.