Pros: clean, tempered glass, psu shroud
Cons: cable management
- MATERIAL : Steel body / Plastic / 5mm thickness Tempered Glass
- DIMENSION (D / W /H ) : 475*216*497mm / 18.7*8.5*19.6 inches
- WEIGHT : Net Weight: 10.9 kg / 24 lbs
- MOTHERBOARD TYPE : M-ITX,M-ATX,ATX,E-ATX(12"x13") SSI-EEB
- 3.5” DRIVE BAY : 3
- 2.5” DRIVE BAY : 5 (2 from 3.5" HDD brackets)
- I/O PANEL : 2 * USB 3.0, 2 * USB2.0, Fan Controller and HD Audio
- EXPANSION SLOTS : 7
- FAN CONTROL : H Mode=12V, S mode=0V, L Mode=5V
- POWER SUPPLY : Standard ATX PS2 / EPS (optional)
Rear:140mm/120 x 1 (optional)
Top:140mm x2 /120mm x 3 (optional)
CPU Cooler Height: 175mm / 6,9 inches
240/280/360 mm Rad in the front 63mm total clearance for Fan and Rad (38mm radiator max)
120/140 mm Rad in the rear
This has to be the most simple box I've ever seen. Is that bad? No, not really, actually I quite like it because in all the boxes of cases I've had, I never kept any and I think most people don't use the box to consult specifications, they'd rather use the manual. This is the case for myself anyways. Both versions of the case have the same box except the "Lite" version has "Lite Version" on the side. The case is in two pieces of closed cell foam, which I think is better than the styrofoam most use because it does not break and offers same level drop protection.
The exterior of this case is very clear, reminds me of a Define series case, but with Tempered glass EVERYWHERE (Ok, not really everywhere, but on three of the five visible faces. The first thing I noticed is how tinted the glass is, it's almost like a Limo black tint.
The rear features a slot for either a 120mm or 140mm rear fan, which is becoming the norm. We can see that above the motherboard, there's space for watercooling or at least to have fans that are not obstructed by wires. Seven expansions slots with a locking plate along with the possibility to put a PSU with the fan facing up or down. I wouldn't recommend with the fan facing up, but we'll cover that later
Glass and Interior Preview
The glass is the thickest I've seen on any case. Usually cases use 3mm glass, but this one is 5mm. The weight and thickness immediately strikes you when you remove it if you've felt any other tempered glass case. It's the same thickness as the thumb screw head! We also see that the glass is very, very black.
When looking inside, we see the solid PSU shroud, which is why I was saying earlier that the PSU shouldn't have the fan facing up. A very clean interior with a chromed Anidées logo. Let's take a closer look inside!
First we see a small cable management hole on the left hand side of the motherboard, presumably for the HD audio header. A big rectangle rubber grommet for GPU cables on the PSU shroud is great. The front features slots for three 120mm or 140mm fans. The Lite version has no fans included while the others have White LED fans in 140mm size, three in the front and one in the back. The top of the motherboard has three cable management holes, great for the 8-pin(s) and fan headers.
Cable management cover
A plastic cable management bracket is something like the NZXT S340, but we'll see how useable it is as it's something very few cases have. Cables can be routed from the back through the hole or sideways in the vertical slot.
The back has three 2.5" drive slots, which are easily usuable due to the storage drive connectors being on the bottom are unobstructed. The shroud also features three 3.5" drive slots, two of which are removable caddies and the third is bolted to the case. Not pictured, but the the right side of the rack is removeable, which gives you more room on the bottom for activities (water pump anyone?) The fan controller, which is controlled on the front of the case, beside the I/O ports has five slots, four of which are used by the stocks fans on the non-Lite versions. The hub itself is powered by a Molex connector.
The dust filters (front and top) are circular patterned filters. They're coarse, but similar to most big case manufacturers offering, the Phanteks P400 top filter and Define Mini C are very similar.
Front I/O cables
The front I/O uses an HD Audio header, USB 2.0 9-pin and USB 3.0 29-pin along with reset/power buttons with LEDs and a molex for the fan hub as previously mentioned.
Accessories and Manual
Accessories are standard, extra stand offs for up to EEB motherboards and a manual with a typo saying "AI Crysatal"
Build in the White version
I had a pleasure most of the way building in this case. I actually moved my personal work PC to this case (and upgraded the radiator and fans it was using while I was at it). It's the most simple case I've used and that's actually very, very refreshing. There's no bells and whistles on this case that need tinkering with, it's a straight forward case, but has one flaw that might prevent people from using it. The rear of the case doesn't have a lot of room for cable management. My suggestion is to put your drives in the caddies if possible (3.5" drive slots) and use only the 2.5" SSD/HDD caddies if needed, while keeping the unused ones removed. The black tinted glass is great, it's a lot more subtle that almost all cases I've built with, with tempered glass (I've used 6 total). I modded the case to accommodate a pump over the 3.5" hard drive racks, which makes the top one unusable. I only had one big storage drive so that's fine, but it's something to consider. Overall it makes for a very clean build as predicted.
I give this case the following score
Aesthetics - 9.5/10
Features - 8/10
Costs - 8.5/10
Quality - 9/10
Total of 87.5%! Anidées really made a great case for this one, I'm sure if they ever put out a version two of it, it'll be over 90%! From the thick glass to its tint. At $139.99 at the moment, I feel it's a great purchase for someone who's after a great case with tempered glass.
A big thank you for Anidées for these cases!
Next up? Silverstone KL07!