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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
System Build and Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Detailed Exterior Features

In this section we will have a closer look at the exterior features of the BitFenix Shinobi Window case.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# RE: BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer CaseRobert17 2011-08-03 18:53
Nice review Steven. And nice build as well. Case manufacturers seem to be competing well with features vs. dollars these days. I'm glad to see it. Hopefully better cases will be one of the factors to encourage more folks to jump into building their own PCs.
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# RE: RE: BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer CaseSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-08-03 22:59
Yeah could'nt agree more, on a similar note hopefully the whole 'Windows 8 will support XBOX 360 games' is just a malicious roumor because that might just be the end for PC gaming as we know it.
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# RE: RE: RE: BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer CaseWhyNotV2 2011-08-04 03:26
Nice case and good review. I just want to say that as long as Sony continues making a Playstation console, PC gaming will continue as it is. Not everyone is an Xbox/Micro$oft fanboy :D
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# It's all thereRealNeil 2011-08-04 09:51
I like this case. It's not gaudy and just looks good to me. (personal preference)
I like that there are plenty of options for adding more fans into the box if it's needed. I like that it's not expensive.
I usually buy CoolerMaster cases, but will consider a build using this case.
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# RE: It's all thereStupido 2011-08-07 02:31
+1 to your statement :)
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