|BitFenix Shinobi Mid-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Monday, 01 August 2011|
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BitFenix Shinobi Window Final Thoughts
On first inspection I wasn't too sure about the overall feel of the BitFenix Shinobi window case, it was quite light and I had a few doubts but these were laid to rest after building a system inside it and I am left really impressed. There are a few things missing that you would find in a more expensive case such as rubber grommets on the cable routing holes and vented PCI expansion slot covers, but these are ways of reducing production costs (like not pre-installing the rubber feet) and have allowed BitFenix to bring us a case that delivers great value for money while still looking good and being functional.
BitFenix Shinobi Window Conclusion
In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the BitFenix Shinobi Window PC case a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar PC case that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the PC case is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
Performance is really good, the design of the front panel leads you to believe intake air would be restricted but the Shinobi kept the temperatures in check and sound levels down. Installation was a breeze, the Shinobi Window is an absolute pleasure to work with.
Appearance is a strong point for the Shinobi Window, at least as far as I am concerned it is. I think it looks quite professional whereas I have had it refered to as too plain. Thanks to the graphical nature of this review you can make up your own opinion.
Although the BitFenix is made from plastic and steel and felt kind of lightweight I was pleasantly suprised by the overall build quality after installing a system inside it. The front and top panels are a pain to remove but you won't be doing this too often anyway, it would have just been nice to be able to remove the panels without thinking about reaching for a crowbar, if you know what I mean.
Lack of USB 3.0 and no real watercooling options really let down the BitFenix Shinobi window as an enthusiast case, but at the same time you have excellent cable management and filtered air intakes that cancel those negatives out. I guess it just depends on what you are looking for in a case.
For $69.00 at the BitFenix Store the Shinobi Window PC case could be yours, I think this is great value for money and you get a sexy looking case with money left over that allows you to personalise it to suit your own taste.
+ Excellent cable routing
- Rubber feet not installed
Final Score: 8.80 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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