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It would of been better if they showed off a full tower case in my opinion.

 
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I wished they had updated the 800D and 650D, but the 550D looks promising, better quality than the R3 and better looking than the P280, IMO.
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Re: [CES] Corsair 550D. Thoughts?

I like the metal... lasts longer.
    
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I was harassing CorsairGeorge about this case a month ago when I seen it listed on NCIX. I personally am not a fan of Corsair products because everyone thinks they are the end-all-be-all for everything. That being said I think this case looks awesome, and its geared towards the quiet market which is another huge plus in my book. I will probably get this case, depending on how fast Caselabs comes out with more details about the Merlin lineup.

Also steel is heavier than aluminum so it will make for better dampening.
 
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Hmmm, I must be the odd man out, because I think the 550D is just what I have been looking for...and I think it fills a hole in their line - a quiet case with a door.

There are a million "blingy" cases out there and very few simple yet sophisticated looking boxes. The Obsidian series falls into that category, but has left me a tad cold. The boxes look like they were designed in 1995. I'm also not fond of 200mm fans. The 600T has very nice lines and is obviously a fantastic case, but those fans held me back. I'll also say that I don't like the LEDs or the prominent fan controller...and I don't need (or want) a window. Yeah, I want simple without looking plain...if that makes sense.

Fractal Design's cases fall in this niche...and I have been on the edge of buying either a Define or Arc Series for the last year, but various complaints about quality have held me back.

As I've been looking (for the last 12 months), I finally decided that I want:
  • Quiet
  • A door to hide the optical drives, card readers etc...as to not ruin the look
  • Support ATX without being massive
  • Well laid out internally
  • Standard fan sizes, without LEDs
  • No window or other bling
  • High quality
  • Simple yet sophisticated asthetics/lines
  • Did I mention quiet?

I was considering the Antec P280, but the 550D is now in play...after I see a review. wink.gif

I am pumped that they scrapped the 200mm fans...and the side and top panel options are very nice. I like that the controls and USB jacks are not behind the door...and also like that they only included two USB 3.0 jacks. I don't need the front of my case to look like the MB shield. I don't even mind the color contrast on the front, although I would normally be turned off by something like that. The diamond cut edge is not great, but beats the pants off of the faux chrome accents that I see on other cases (e.g., CM 690).

So I guess I am the target market. wink.gif

BTW, they have a nice video posted if you are interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8eA7RR5q30
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Originally Posted by Scuba Steve in VA View Post

Fractal Design's cases fall in this niche...and I have been on the edge of buying either a Define or Arc Series for the last year, but various complaints about quality have held me back.

No complaints about quality here. Have bought both the Define XL (when it first came to the U.S.), as well as the R3 and they are truly solid cases.
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I like it. Ultimately it will come down to how well it performs. For my next build (ivy bridge), I've been giving serious consideration to noise reduction and making as quiet of a build as possible / within my budget.
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I feel like they want too much for it. The 650D is already hovering around that price point, and there isn't enough about this to differentiate it from the 650D in a compelling way.
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Just a heads up, the MSRP we mentioned in the press release (550D @ $159, 300R @ $89) is just that, the suggested retail price. We fully expect to see street prices lower.

For example, the 500R MSRP is $139, but it's been on sale as low as $89 and can be found almost every day for $119-$129.

The 550D adds $20 in cost to the 500R (primarily due to the cost of the sound damping material - good stuff isn't cheap) and the aluminum front panel, the silicone added to each hdd tray for vibrational media sound damping, and the magnetic dust filters.
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Originally Posted by CorsairGeorge View Post

Just a heads up, the MSRP we mentioned in the press release (550D @ $159, 300R @ $89) is just that, the suggested retail price. We fully expect to see street prices lower.
For example, the 500R MSRP is $139, but it's been on sale as low as $89 and can be found almost every day for $119-$129.
The 550D adds $20 in cost to the 500R (primarily due to the cost of the sound damping material - good stuff isn't cheap) and the aluminum front panel, the silicone added to each hdd tray for vibrational media sound damping, and the magnetic dust filters.

Hey George when can we get our hands on the 550D?
 
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