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Written by Doug Dallam   
Monday, 03 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Exterior

From the outside, the Blade looks nice. Actually, before I got it and checked the price, judging just by its looks, I thought it was going to be a higher end case. As you know, though, you can't tell a book by its cover. So come along and lets thrash us a Raidmax Blade case. Starting us off below, we have a yellow specimen. I like this color combo. It reminds me of Bee in Transformers.

Since there isn't really anything else to show detail-wise externally, except the front panel and the plastic feet, I'll go over those aspects here and we'll skip the detailed external section altogether. I mean, the case has no fins, rocket boosters, top blow holes, or anything else of interest on its external. So here you go: You get two USB 2 ports and your two audio ports on the front, with a power and hardrive activity light rounding out the details. The bay covers are unique in that you push the latch left to release them. However, the spring is made from plastic. Too many dismouts could spell a nonfunctional bay cover, but that's probalby not going to happen, that is, unless you like playing musical bay covers all day. Thus, I'd call the slide-over bay dismounts a high point for the case's design. They're uniquely functional and asthetically pleasing. You also get a 3.5" bay for card readers or something similar.

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I'd like to tell you how the screen printed strips are quality wise, but you see, Raidmax sent me the all black model, which is, uh, all black, so I don't know how well the stripes are printed. Everything else about the cases are identical, though, save for the colors. Here we have the cable side and the firetruck color option below.

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Yes, it has a window. No, it doesn't come with a side fan. Here we have the "nice and white and that's all right" model.

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The backside of the Blade and its ventilated expansion slot covers. Yes, they are nice aren't they? Too bad no one ever looks at the back of your case. Yes, I know, "They're for cooling you fool!" If you think that's going to make a difference in how cool this case runs, then you show me your sources, tests, experiments, or zip it troll boy, okay? Not only that, but if they were only for cooling, why did Raidmax pay good money to have them color keyed blue? Anyway, this is your basic back end. Water cooling holes, rear 120mm fan, bottom mount power supply, and that's it. I have no problem or excitation here, so let's roll.

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Since there really isn't any reason to do a detailed exterior section, as I mentioned beforehand, I'll split the only two reasons there might have been a detailed exterior section between here and the next section. Here's number one: We have a foot. It's plastic, not rubber. It's hollow plastic too. I mention this because one reviewer on Newegg expressed that one of the feet had broken right away. So be warned! When you initially drop test this case, be careful you don't bust one of the plastic feet. Or, just try not to drop test it. For me, that's a little like wearing a brand new shirt and trying not to get food on it. Really, though, they seem pretty sturdy to me.

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I'm ready to crack this baby open; how about you? I'm sure you can't wait, so clicky-clicky!





 

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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer Casejeff 2011-10-04 06:10
You should take off 1 mark for having a side panel window.
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# love those windowsMergatroid 2011-10-18 15:15
I was going to say he should have given it an extra 1/2 point for having a side panel window. I didn't used to be a big side panel window fan, but then I bought a 600T, an H100 and built an awesome computer. It was so awesome I ordered in the optional side panel with a window. It looks sweet as sweet can be. This one also has a fan mount. Great for cooling those extra hot video cards.

Each to his own I guess.
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# come togetherRed1776 2011-10-06 09:53
That was a unique review. I was interested to learn that you do in fact have joo-joo eyeball.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-09 20:05
LOL. You guys are funny.

WHenh I was at University there was a guy who was a friend of mine that was like 6'7" tall, flat-top, smart, really nice guy, wore these coke bottle glasses and his eyes were wasted, like one was all white and the other one pointed skyward. He had some sort of degenerative eye disease, and he walked like, well, "old flat-top." That was his nickname, which he hated. He was the personification of that song.

It's not my type of case, but remember, tastes come in all flavors, and it's only a 50.00USD case. You can probably get it for 40.00USD if you look around. For that price point, it's a sturdy case that you could load and forget. I remember back in 2000 we'd pay more for a case that was flimsy and ugly at the same time.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseRed1776 2011-10-09 20:50
well that is all true of course...it's just that it looks like a metro-sexual Transformer. I think the review style matched the case, nice job.
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# RE: RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-09 21:03
"Metro-sexual" ? LOL thanks, and please educate me.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseRed1776 2011-10-09 21:10
You need an edit button LOL. not what I meant. I meant you took more of a lighthearted approach to a fun case....and ALSO the case looks like a Metro-sexual Transformer...geeez, As soon as It posted I was waiting for you to post precisely what you posted hehe
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseRed1776 2011-10-09 22:28
I can only guess that either you or Olin did not like the definition of metro-sexual as it's been removed.Rather odd for something that was not unsolicited,profane, or harassing. At any rate, I enjoyed the review.
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# RE: Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-10-09 22:34
That would be our editor--lol. Emailed me saying to keep thins on topic. Thank you :)
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# YuckMergatroid 2011-10-18 15:21
I guess someone likes cases like this. For $50 it's not a bad case at all, but it's ugly as sin. Yuck. Still, I've owned worse. Personally, when I was a kid, I pined after the conservative browns/greys/blacks of the stuff my dad had. Even then I thought brightly coloured stuff was strictly for kids and I wanted for adult stuff. Now a days, many people, even adults, like the bright colours. Just not my cup of tea I guess.
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# Sarnia Sting themed caseSean 2013-04-19 01:17
My son wanted this case for his new pc but I don't know after hearing about the toolless mounts being horrid but how many cases out there are yellow and black which is what my son wants ? Yes one could custom paint a better case but I don't have the skill or heck even the work area to do this. I also don't want to pay a premium for someone else to do it. I guess using black screws to hold hardware in place in the case would be more to his liking anyway as he doesn't like the blue window or anything that was not black and yellow with this case and the toolless mounts are blue. Bye bye to the convenience of toolless mounts unless I find some other yellow and black case that has them at this price for a case. Yeah right ... lol
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# Tooless mount optionDaibhi 2013-04-20 15:29
I've got one of these on order and I may be flipping it depending on whether or not I can bypass the tooless mounting option for simply screwing the drives into place. Any experience with this option folks?
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# looking under the hoodDaibhi 2013-04-27 15:10
Okay, I unboxed it and popped the hood on it to take a look inside. Mine shipped with two toolless mounts on the 5" bays and two on the 3" bays. But from what I can tell, yes you can bypass the toolless option and screw the drives into their respective bays.
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