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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

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.

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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.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Excellent cable routing
+ Tool free retention clips are effective
+ Great overall build quatlity
+ Very quiet operation
+ Lovely smoked side window
+ Filtered air intakes
+ 2.5" drive adapter / External 3.5" adapter in one
+ Painted interior
+ Bottom mounted PSU
+ Good value

Cons:

- Rubber feet not installed
- Front and top panels are pain to remove
- No USB 3.0 ports
- Not much room above and below motherboard

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 8.80 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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Comments 

 
# 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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