Originally Posted by ihatelolcats
optional flush mounted PSU
fan mounting holes on the side panels
removable front panel filter
no holes on the bottom between the feet
Side panel fan holes might be an idea. The original HAF Xb had a filter frame that was removable and I deleted it because you couldn't fit fans on the outside of the chassis. Right now there is a removable dust filter for the front, its the front bezel.
Originally Posted by wermad
-Fan mesh for two 120 or 140mm fans for the top panel.
-More cutouts to route cables and or tubes. Especially above the drive cage (5.25).
-120mm fan mount option on the door panels (Needs more "High Airflow" imho
-Offer a white version
We will probably delete the hotswap because so many people complained. Since a lot of people plugged their peripheral cables upside down. If we deleted the hotswap would anyone miss it?
Originally Posted by Ramsey77
Don't attach the 5.25 bays with rivets, use screws/nuts, and add holes to attach fan controllers securely on both sides. It sucks having one side loose, with only "pressure fingers" to hold that side steady.
The problem with screws is you can't really do them on a production line easily. In the sample I have you could remove the top bars by screws. If you remove them, then sometimes the case can be bent easily. Another issue is you can put them in upside down. For these reasons we avoid too many removable parts that reinforce the structure.
Originally Posted by Kuudere Include a USB3 to USB2 internal adapter.
Maybe add a 2nd set of 2.0 ports to the front? Remove the AC'97 plug, no one uses it anymore.
A flush mount would be nice as standard with an extended one available for purchase separately, I get the feeling most people won't even need it if you're changing to a flat PCB for the howswap bays.
However, maybe make the PSU stand adjustable, its too large and if you're using a normal size PSU, it doesn't cover up the entire mount and its not taking in filtered air from the bottom, I've just taken to using a dryer sheet to fill in the space to force the PSU to take in air from the bottom; this would be fixed with a flush mounted PSU anyway so... why did I just type this?
Remove the holes in the bottom of the case as mentioned, they don't seem to do much aside allow small critters in... I've had a small mouse fit its way inside them, climb up onto the top of my motherboard, and fall asleep in the space between the pipes of the 212 Evo sitting atop the CPU, which I only noticed because I saw its tail going across my RAM
"My PSU is too big!" The 2nd most common complaint we have had in our CS center on HAF Xb. I think the removable PSU bracket should be kept for those people with big old power supplies. Adding more USB 2.0 ports to the front is too expensive because we have to change the front panel and the I/O, would people pay $10 more for 2 more USB 2.0 ports? I added high RPM fans at the last minute for the front panel, as a result they aren't the most quiet, but get the cooling job done. You can buy a USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter on your own, most people don't want to pay extra for it.
Originally Posted by toyz72
it would be nice to be able to replace the 2.5 hdd cage with a 3.5 cage.
if i can dream.....i would like my case front not to even have the hot swap bays. or just give me a plastic cover for them
We are considering removing the 3.5" hotswap altogether and changing to 2 x 3.5" external bays. This will remove the complaint "HAF XB killed my hard drives". Would you be okay with these removed?
Originally Posted by TheSocialHermit
I have to agree with Kuudere on including a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter
, that would have greatly helped me with my 1366 board. Removing the holes on the bottom will be a good bonus.
While fan mounts on the side panels would be nice, it would not work well with the handles and how tightly packed everything is on the bottom. Better mounting for large radiators on the back of the case would help out a lot of people, even a mount kit accessory would work if it would make things easier.
The holes on the bottom are an evolutionary missing link in our design. 1 year ago we specified that the XB must have an secondary and primary method of carry by sling. For this reason, we designed a cargo strap with anchors. The cables went through an eye on the side panel with two hooks on each side attaching under the chassis to the holes. You could not use the handles at the same time. Now we thought this was workable but rediculous since it made the XB into sort of a hotdog bucket you see at ball games. So I requested the engineers to scrap this feature and instead make the secondary handles primary. We kept these holes because our tench bench junkies needed ports to keep their thermal sensors, and multimeters attached to the motherboard while the side panels were on.Edited by CM MR HAF - 5/14/13 at 10:17am