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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

Raidmax Blad Mid-tower Case Final Thoughts

Let me say that the front design is pretty cool looking. I like it, and I like the colors. My black review version, however, makes the front facia disappear, so the design is lost. With the new colors, though, you can really see it and that's a high point for the case--it's looks. The bay covers look nice too, and they are unique in that they slide left to release. The paint, the black base coat, seems fine too and the internal steel is rolled with no sharp edges. The internal paint is on par with the external, which is good quality. The Blade is also sturdy and I didn't notice any main struts flexing or bending at all.

On the other hand, the nonexistent cable routing space, the screwed on front bezel with the front filters that don't serve much of a filter service, and the hardly functionaing toolless mounts left me a little cold. On the front, you'll find two front USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports, plus a hard drive indicator and power light. If you want an externally cool looking and internally sturdy case on the cheap, this would do it. Just don't expect to use the toolless mounts, unless you don't care about a really loose fit and the danger of your drive falling onto your motherboard when you move the case or the drives ratteling when they spin up, and double that for opticals. It just doesn't add up though. Consider that the case has a viewing side window, but with almost no cable routing space. Who wants to peer in the window only to see a ratball-wire mess? Okay, you can clean it up if you spend some tme, after all, that use to be the way it was for all cases, and we got along just fine, but I trust you get my point.

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Raidmax Blade Conclusion

The Raidmax Blade is a good looking case on the outside, but it's internals leave room for improvement. You get a power supply air filter, but, for example, the front fan filters don't line up too well with the fan itself, and draw most (or at least a lot) of the air directly in from the front grill--which has no filter. Perhaps it's normal for sub-fifty dollar cases, so take this with some salt, but the front bezel screws on and the screws tap directly into the plastic front bezel itself. In order to take the bezel off, you'll need to first take off both side panels in order to get to the screws.

The construction is solid with rolled internals and no sharp edges. The motherboard tray was a little flexi on the bottom right, but that shouldn't be a problem, and I'm not suggestiong it is in the least. The black paint, externally and internally, seemed very good too, but I could not check the pin stripe quality because Raidmax sent me the all black option. Last, one reviewer on Newegg said that one of his feet broke right away. They are plastic and not rubbrrized, so be careful about that. They don't feel fragile though.

Functionality speaking, you will get 11.5" of vid card space as long as you don't have a drive in that location. If you do, it'll cost you 2" because that's how much a 3.5" mechanical drive protrudes into the case (the hard drives mount into the motherboard area). Externally, you'll find two USB 2 ports and the normal audio input and output. The toolless mounts were sloppy at best, and I wouldn't call them functioning mounts at all. There is virtually no cable routing space. I measured less than a 1/4". Finally, the drive cages are not removable.

On sale at Newegg, the RAIDMAX Blade is available in several color configurations: $49.95 ATX-298WBP (Black w/500W PSU), $49.99 ATX-298WW (Black/White), $49.99 ATX-298WY (Black/Yellow)

This is an average case functionally speaking, and it's main upside is its external looks and inexpensive price. On the up side, it's plenty sturdy too. If you want this case, you're problably going to want it for the external design, which I think quite nice for the price. However, make sure you get a colored model because the all black option hides the front robot like design and looks plain and bulky. No award this time, but given the information here, you can safely buy it knowing what you're getting. Please let me know if you think I'm being too harsh on this little case or not. I look forward to your comments.

Pros:

+ Nice external design
+ Sturdy construction
+ Side window
+ Front LED fan
+ 11.5" of video card space
+ Inexpensive
+ Good base paint
+ No sharp internal edges

Cons:

- Bezel requires tools to take off
- Almost nonexistent cable routing space
- Drive bays face motherboard
- Toolless mounts virtually useless

Ratings:

  • Performance: 7.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.00
  • Functionality: 7.00
  • Value: 7.75

Final Score: 7.75 out of 10.

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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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