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Written by Doug Dallam   
Monday, 12 December 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Rosewill Ranger Computer Case Review

Manufacturer: Rosewill
Product Name: Ranger
Price As Tested: $69.99 (NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Rosewill.

A couple of months ago Rosewill sent us a full tower case for review, the THOR v2, and today they have sent Benchmark Reviews their new mid-tower case, the Ranger. Rosewill's Ranger mid-tower case is the latest in Rosewill's case lineup and enters perhaps the most competitive case class there is. With excellent mid-tower cases to be had for 70-80USD, such as the Cooler Master HAF series and the aging but venerable Storm Scout, among others, any manufacturer entering a case into this class is entering into pure case warfare. Even though Rosewill's THOR v2 was a knockoff with some Rosewill specific tweaking, it was a good case and I gave it high marks. Let's see if the Ranger can measures up to its intended market like its big brother did.

Rosewill_Ranger_Main600.jpg

Whereas the Cooler Master 912 is a good case, I'm wondering how the new Rosewill Ranger will stack up against it and other competition in the 60.00 to 80.00USD price range. Adding a red motherboard tray is a nice touch, but let's dissect us a Rosewill Ranger to see if it can run with the big dogs, uh, cases.

Rosewill Case Features

Black & Red Two-toned interior coating.
Advanced Cooling System:
-Front 1x 120mm Red LED Fan (pre-installed)
-Rear 1x 120mm Fan (pre-installed)
-Top 2x 140/120mm Fan (1x 140mm pre-installed)
-Side 2x 120mm Fan (option)
-Bottom 1x 120mm Fan (option)
Allow to change side fan's position according to VGA card's length.
Stylish window side panel design.
Screw-less design for 5.25” Devices & 3.5 HDDs.
Top mounted IO ports– 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA, Audio out, MIC in. USB 3.0 internal connector to motherboard.
Advanced bottom-mounted PSU design.

Ranger Specifications

Material: Steel
With Power Supply: No
Power Supply Mounted Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility Micro ATX, ATX
With Side Panel Window: Yes
External 5.25" Drive Bays 3
External 3.5" Drive Bays 1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 4
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports 2 x USB 3.0 Ports (Internal connector to MB) 1 x e-SATA Audio In/Out(AC97, HD)
Cooling
-1 x Front 120mm Red LED Fan (pre-installed)
-1 x Rear 120mm Fan (pre-installed)
-2 x Side 120mm Fan (optional)
-1 x Bottom 120mm Fan (optional)
-Top (x2)140/120mm Fan (1 x 140mm pre-insatlled)
Dimensions 7.88” x 18.23”x 18.98” (W x H x D) Weight 12.76 lbs



 

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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-12 18:39
Subscribing. Simply subscribing.
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# RE; Rosewill Ranger Mid Tower CaseBen 2011-12-20 01:13
Looks pretty plain to me.

I still prefer my old 'Thermaltake Armor+MX" case.

I have same problems with the front filters panel, they should have made them same as the rest of the set up, doors just pop open. I am planning on modifying them to open easier.

Ben.
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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseWhyNotV2 2011-12-20 03:35
I like it, but then again I like "plain" cases as well as can be seen with my Lian Li PC-65B case. Simple, elegant and going strong :) I've been looking for an updated case for a few months now and I see a lot of features that I like...bottom mount PSU, better cable routing/management, upper mounted front ports, etc. that my Lian Li doesn't have. Most cases are too gaudy to me. This is the first case in a while that's not crossed that gaudy line. I'll keep my eye on it to see if the price comes down to that $50-ish range.
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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseCHARLEYAM 2011-12-20 11:38
you guys really put this case tru the ringer measuring the thickness of the case and slots for cabling. well made in the old days we would cut a little for cables if needed this seem fine . price still a tad high 75 would be better. Rosewill good maker of cases 1-10 about an 7+
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# RE: RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-20 21:19
It's at 70 right now.
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# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer Casedlb 2011-12-20 14:51
I prefer plain looking cases too vs. the garish and gnarly looking "transformer" or "robot/alien" cases, and the overall appearance of this case is OK, but this Rosewill case reminds me too much of a ThermalTake case for me to think it's anything but a ThermalTake w/ a red mobo tray and red accents on the drive clips....
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# I agreeMergatroid 2011-12-20 19:01
Nice review. I agree with all your points. I do like the design of this case regarding the looks, and the front panel bay covers don't bother me at all. However, the front bezel should really be cleanable. This will make it awkward.

However, over all I really do like this case. It has the features I want even if on the lean side. A few grommets would have helped a bit, and painting the interior black would have improved it as well, but for $70 I think it's a great deal. I think for $70 I could dig up a PSU filter too....
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# RE: I agreeDoug Dallam 2011-12-20 21:20
The inside is black, except the MB tray, which is red. You don't like the red?
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# BlueMergatroid 2011-12-21 17:53
I prefer a black one given the choice. Having a colour I wouldn't chose myself would be a deal breaker. For someone who prefers red this wouldn't be an issue. Just saying I would prefer black myself.
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# Mr.James 2012-05-31 15:21
Just saw the end of month Clearence and this case is dropped down to $39.99. Ordering mine as I type this :)
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