The only 2 problems I have with these Obsidian 700D and 800D and 800DW's is hiding the reset button behind the front panel. It should've been placed below the Start button and then below the HDD activity light.
I also would've appreciated a square side panel window, but that's aesthetics and not really anything to do with function. I can't see the codes on my motherboard with this weird shaped window. I see no reason that the windows should extend so far down that the power supply compartment is exposed. There's a lot of wiring showing that didn't have to be. I have a pair of spare, solid left side panels, but since they're made of such tough steel they can't be easily modded. These left side panels, or even both, could've been easily manufactured using aluminum. The cost wouldn't have been too expensive to fabricate and I wouldn't hesitate modding the left side panel to what I'd like if only it were aluminum.
Well, hell, since I've started I keep thinking of other things I would've liked to have been done to the stock cases. There is nowhere near enough space behind the right panel, behind the mobo, to easily arrange and hide all of the wiring. One half of an inch would've been nice and a full inch would've been even better. I'm certainly no expert on hiding wiring, but I could've done so much better if there were just a little more room in which to hide the excess wiring.
No on-board speaker for beep codes should've been there from the start. It took me a week of searching and asking around to find a speaker that would mount on the mobo header for an internal speaker. The mobo companies have a very good reason for not putting a speaker on these new mobo's. They simply haven't the spare room on the boards with all the things that are now necessary for modern mobo's. Of course, the mobo manufacturers should include a speaker with their mobo accessory packages, but Corsair could also have easily and cheaply added an internal speaker to their cases. Their cases are generally not cheap at all. We should receive these speakers with our new cases.
The locking mechanism for the side panels are nice, except when there are too many cables behind the right side panel. A little wider flange at the back of just the right side panel would've been perfect so we'd have enough room to drill and tap the panel and case for adding thumbscrews. Still my favorite way to secure side panels.
The other problem isn't the case, it's the cable lengths of the Corsair AX1200. An extra 3 inches on each end of the cables would help greatly in all of these full tower Corsair cases as well as every other brand of case. There are several psu's that come close to the quality and power of the AX1200, but the Corsair is still the best there is. Hopefully, they'll make one with even greater power. Computer components are being made everyday that use less power, but with all of the extra items we use these days, especially high-power videocards and watercooling systems, the AX1200 is in danger of not being powerful enough. There's nothing quite as aggravating as building a system and not having enough juice to properly power it up using the most powerful psu that Corsair now makes.
CoolerMaster has a new case ready to sell called the Cosmos II. http://www.coolermaster.com/microsite/cosmos_ii/design.html It may be the next case I buy. Even though I have a brand new, spare Obsidian 800DW. The new Cosmos II makes all other CoolerMaster cases look like complete dogs.
So far, I have never owned cases that I liked as much as the Corsair 700D, 800D and 800DW, but it's high time that Corsair updated them. Mid-tower, mini/micro and httpc cases are becoming more popular everyday, but there will always be a use for the full-tower cases for people like us.
Come on Corsair! I've read your excuses for not using aluminum and don't see why you can't use that material and still make quite a bit of money from them. I don't want to say that you're too lazy to change materials and learn the new manufacturing techniques involved, but it is becoming more apparent that that's your main reason. Whether you'll admit to it or not.
Sometimes, change is good. Updating your full-tower cases, power supplies and the materials used would be a very good thing for both your company and, even more importantly, your customers that keep Corsair in business.