Archive Home arrow Reviews: arrow Cases arrow Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer Case
Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer Case E-mail
Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases
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

Closer Look: Exterior

The Ranger is a clean design, perhaps so clean it's dirty, but too clean is better than too busy. Here we have beveled front corners, four 5 1/4" bays, and a non removable front fan intake. What's unclean about this case is that you can't clean the filters behind the front faceplate very easily. The front pops off easily enough; but remember, there are wires coming out of it. Thus, cleaning from the inside is impractical. I guess the only way to clean this front intake is from the outside. Nor can you pop-off the front intake bays because Rosewill saw fit to make the front fan area nonremovable. What's more, the filter material is unremovable from the faceplate itself. If that weren't enough, the bay covers are only removable from the back, and do not come out from the front of the faceplate. This, my friends, is what I meant when I said, “Perhaps so clean it's dirty.”

Rosewill_Ranger_016_Front.jpg

Here we have the intake side view. Two windows here. If you need to see into your case, you got it. If you need twin 120mm fans (optionally), you got it. It's always nice to see cooling options offered on a gaming case. However, one of the fans may interfere with your video card's power cables, depending on how fat your card is, which means one less side fan.

Rosewill_Ranger_025_SideExt.jpg

This is the top and you can see that powerhouse 140mm fan sitting there. Top fans are another plus to any gaming case. Yes, I said "fan(s)" because with the Ranger, you can mount two 140mm or 120mm fans in the top. That, my friends, means we're up to four fans already, and that should make us pretty happy, indeed.

Rosewill_Ranger_003_Top.jpg

The bottom. Note here the negation of an item: no power supply filter. (Strike One.) Interesting that there are slots for the filter, just no filter. Note the addition of an item: a bottom 120/140mm fan mount, which more than makes up for the missing PSU intake filter. If your PSU is long, only the 120mm bottom fan will fit. Even so, we're now up to five fans, and that's not including the front and the rear. The feet are hard plastic, which means impact tests should be avoided.

Rosewill_Ranger_012_Bottom.jpg

Fairly standard meat and potatoes here. Seven expansion slots, water cooling or party holes, and a darn good looking hole-vent design. The water cooling holes are in the right place too, given you can mount a radiator on the top of this case.

Rosewill_Ranger_BackExt.jpg

Guess what? There isn't really anything to talk about on the outside of this case, so we're skipping the "detailed" exterior section. The only thing that could have gone in the "Detailed Exterior" section is the front I/O Panel, which you see here. Two USB 3.0 ports (with a real internal connector), an eSATA port, mic and earphone I/O, and a red LED with a reset and power switch.

Rosewill_Ranger_018_IOpanel.jpg

"Hal, do you detect anything missing from the Rosewill Ranger Closer Look Selection." "No Dave, I do not. Why, is there something missing of which I should be aware?" "No HAL, and if you ever miss anything, I'll shove a 12" screwdriver right up your . . . ." Well, if it's good with Dave and HAL, it's good enough for me, which means we're off to the interior section.



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-12 18:39
Subscribing. Simply subscribing.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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+
Report Comment
 
 
# RE: RE: Rosewill Ranger Mid-Tower Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-12-20 21:19
It's at 70 right now.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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....
Report Comment
 
 
# 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....
Report Comment
 
 
# 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?
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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 :)
Report Comment
 

Comments have been disabled by the administrator.

Search Benchmark Reviews
QNAP Network Storage Servers

Follow Benchmark Reviews on FacebookReceive Tweets from Benchmark Reviews on Twitter