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post #11 of 19
Once you go Caselabs you can never go back.

CL over anything anyday
post #12 of 19
although the 900D looks great, the quality of the case labs cases cant be beat. you will spend some extra on it getting everything you want though.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Shawnb99 View Post

Once you go Caselabs you can never go back.

CL over anything anyday
Yup. Even though I won mine, if I had the money I'd have bought it outright even if I hadn't won. Though I probably would have been torn between it and the SMH10... thinking.gif
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post #14 of 19
I could never compare corsair cases to case labs lol...When I think of corsair I always think cooler master and nzxt.

When I think case lab I think, going poor.
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post #15 of 19
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Yup. Even though I won mine, if I had the money I'd have bought it outright even if I hadn't won. Though I probably would have been torn between it and the SMH10... thinking.gif

Yeah that's my problem just making a choice on 1.
I've been flipping back and forth between the TX-10 and a TH10 for over a year now while i keep bugging for the TX10-H model.
One day i'll pick one, but it's just so hard with every case so amazing and then teasing me with details of the new cases coming out.
I wish i could win one but maybe if i keep bugging them enough they will give me one to make me go away tongue.gif

That should work right? biggrin.gif
post #16 of 19
Caselabs plays in another league. Corsair has done a very good job popularizing some design details that previously only had some high level manufacturers. But Caselabs gives much more than that. The configuration options and finishes are simply extremes.

The problem with Caselabs is that they have very limited distribution capabilities. For example, I have ordered this:
ST-10 Case + accessories:594.55$
Shipping cost to Europe: 204.25$
Custom fees (estimated calculation): 37.05€ (48$)
VAT: 137.45€ (178.70$)

I think the goal should be to have a Caselabs processing center in Europe. If Caselabs exports material to its processing center in Europe would not pay the same customs fees that a customer pays. They can declare that they send material to Europe (parts not assembled) to manufacture the final product (assembly) in Europe. There would be a saving tax. Sending unassembled parts and doing the assembly job in Europe could schedule large shipments from the U.S. to their european processing center saving much money.

The other major expense is VAT. When we receive a package from USA we don't pay VAT depending only on the price of the case. VAT is calculated by applying a percentage to the sum of the value of the package AND SHIPPING COSTS (that they are huge). If the shipment is done from Europe, VAT will be calculated only on the value of the package. This is very important. Only avoiding VAT on shipping costs I would have saved 43$. Caselabs could also establish its european center in Luxembourg, where VAT is only 15%. Most of the other EU countries have a 20% - 25% VAT. They can send packages from Luxembourg without any additional tax throughout Europe. The saving margins are huge!!

There are many potential customers who can not afford to pay 1025.5$ in Europe for a product that costs 594.55$ in California. It is a pity, because the product is amazing. When your test a CL case, you don't want to use a different one anymore!! biggrin.gif
Edited by Tripiton - 3/21/13 at 4:09am
post #17 of 19
Agreed with what pretty much everyone says here.

Case labs is in a different league.

To be fair, the 900D looks like an amazing case. If I were looking for a mainstream one I would've gone for it personally. Instead I went with a ST10-X and I am beyond 100% satisfied. I am lucky that I not only live in the US, but in California (so didn't take long to ship and was fairly cheap).

Case labs cases are beyond amazing. I was extremely excited about my case before I even got it, but after I built my machine with it, I love it even more. So much thought was put behind everything and pretty much no corners were cut with materials and quality. With that said you do pay for it, but you get what you pay for.
post #18 of 19
2013 Ford Fusion or Aston Martin?

They share styling ques, but totally different.
The same goes for the 900D and SMH10.
Edited by WorldExclusive - 4/18/13 at 1:27pm
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post #19 of 19
There's a very good reason for not buying a Corsair 900D ... no wheels or casters! Not even as an option! And the 900D is bigger and heavier than the 800D.

I own two 800Ds: one air cooled; the other liquid cooled. Both cases ride on Lian Li W3B caster platforms because Corsair refuses to put wheels under them!

The reason for wheels? The liquid cooled 800D case weighs more than 80 pounds. The other reason? I am soon to be 74 years old. Picking up large, heavy boxes is no longer my forte ... not even to impress the ladies.

And CaseLabs makes better cases with more options. Compare what you can stuff into a Merlin SM8-X case against what you can stuff into a 900D starting with 80mm Monsta radiators. OTOH, you can stuff every motherboard known to God and man into a 900D case. You can't do that with an SM8-X case ... not yet anyway ... smile.gif

Thanks for reading this ...
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