|BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 31 July 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
In this section we will have a closer look at the exterior features of the BitFenix Shinobi Window case.
The front I/O consists of four USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone ports, HDD and power LED's and a big power and small reset button. We also have a close-up shot of the mesh strips that follow the front to the top.
To remove the front panel you have to pull really hard from the bottom, this requires a lot of effort and when it comes free you really know to it. Once it is removed you are greeted with a 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay adapter and a mesh covered air intake. The drive bay adapter allows you to install a card reader/USB 3.0 front panel/floppy drive (your choice), the intake fan is installed on the inside and you can access the fitting screws from this side, the front intakes only allow for 120mm fans.
Looking inside the front panel you can see that the BitFenix badge and the mesh strips are removable as are the drive bay covers. You remove the drive bay covers and the BitFenix badge by pulling the plastic tabs to the side and you can remove the mesh by bending out the several metal tabs along the length of the panel. BitFenix will soon be selling the badges and mesh strips in various colors as an aftermarket option to allow you to make your case more personal, or you can paint them yourself.
Removing the top panel is much the same as the front panel and there is a cut out at the rear of the case that allows you to do this easier, you will need to ensure the front panel cables are free or you will not be able to remove the panel. Once removed you have access to the two top exhaust fan mounts, there are no fans installed by default but you can install a pair of 120mm or a pair of 140mm here.
Looking at the inside of the top panel you can see once again that the mesh is easily removed. Also, the front I/O panel cables are modular so if you do not use certain parts of it then you can simply disconnect the wires and have a much tidier install.
The BitFenix Shinobi Window doesn't come with rubber feet pre-installed, you must do this yourself. They are found inside the small accessory package and have adhesive already applied so it's a case of simply sticking them on, this is likely another cost saving technique by BitFenix. Here is also a close up of the mesh, like I mentioned before I doubt you will be catching any fine dust with this filter, but some level of protection is better than none.