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05-22-2019 12:03 PM
technodanvan
Quote: Originally Posted by Fluxmaven View Post
I just don't see a lot in the case market they really blows me away currently.
I definitely agree with this. I wonder if earlier on in my computer enthusiast 'career' it was just easier to impress me, and now I'm a bit jaded? Even Caselabs never really blew me away with their quality, certainly never seemed remarkably better than some of the older Lian Li cases I used. The only truly nice thing about Caselabs (other than several accessories) was their commitment to horizontal form factors. They take up more room, but I like them.

Based on what I've seen of BeQuiet's cases, I'd really be interested in their take on that style.
05-22-2019 11:42 AM
Fluxmaven
Quote: Originally Posted by technodanvan View Post
The side panels thing is a might bit irritating, given it's 2019 and we've struggled with terrible designs for decades. One would think they could see what works in other cases and adapt to that. I guess I'm at the point that, once a computer is working, it's probably staying closed for a few years. So I guess that's not a 'huge' discouragement for me. I can see how that might impact others a lot more though.



As much as I'm anxious to start buying parts, I figure I'll wait until during or after Computex, just in case they have a new revision or sales due to other products. I'm curious though, what cases at the $300 price point are really worth it nowadays? This is coming from someone who currently has a Caselabs case, and has used several Lian Li and Silverstone cases over the years that have been around that price point. As much as I'd like BeQuiet to use a solid brick of aluminum or steel, it's becoming less and less viable due to costs, and plastics are generally getting better.

There just aren't a lot of good full tower case options these days. Nearly everything is mid tower. Now that Caselabs is gone, there really isn't much in the super tower form factor either. I'm not a huge fan of the tempered glass trend. Especially when it's a solid panel on the front forcing air to flow through narrow openings along the sides. Slapping a tempered glass panel onto a flimsy thin steel and plastic case doesn't make it premium.

I do recognize that the price of materials is going up, so for BeQuiet to make this same case completely out of aluminum, it would probably push it well out of budget for most people. I don't know what the answer is, I just don't see a lot in the case market they really blows me away currently.
05-21-2019 03:19 PM
technodanvan
Quote: Originally Posted by bluedevil View Post
Don't get me wrong, it's a great case. But like I said, it's a touch overpriced and I wish the side panels went on easier.
The side panels thing is a might bit irritating, given it's 2019 and we've struggled with terrible designs for decades. One would think they could see what works in other cases and adapt to that. I guess I'm at the point that, once a computer is working, it's probably staying closed for a few years. So I guess that's not a 'huge' discouragement for me. I can see how that might impact others a lot more though.

Quote: Originally Posted by Fluxmaven View Post
Really is a sweet case. I feel like they should drop the price a bit and make the Rev. 2 white edition. While it appears to be a high quality case, it's not special enough to be so close to the $300 price point.
As much as I'm anxious to start buying parts, I figure I'll wait until during or after Computex, just in case they have a new revision or sales due to other products. I'm curious though, what cases at the $300 price point are really worth it nowadays? This is coming from someone who currently has a Caselabs case, and has used several Lian Li and Silverstone cases over the years that have been around that price point. As much as I'd like BeQuiet to use a solid brick of aluminum or steel, it's becoming less and less viable due to costs, and plastics are generally getting better.
05-21-2019 01:19 PM
Fluxmaven Really is a sweet case. I feel like they should drop the price a bit and make the Rev. 2 white edition. While it appears to be a high quality case, it's not special enough to be so close to the $300 price point.
05-21-2019 12:48 PM
bluedevil
Quote: Originally Posted by technodanvan View Post
While I agree this case could probably be a little less expensive, if it's anything like the thought put into their fans and heatsinks it's probably well worth it. I really don't see how a comparison could be made to either the Lian Li PC-011 or the Cooler Master H500 Mesh though. They're big cases, but to me that's about where the comparison stops.

I've been eyeing this case for a while and am thinking of doing a Threadripper build in her. With the exception of somewhat constricted airflow compared to some 'open' cases, I think this has to be one of the best-featured full-sized cases I've seen in quite some time.
Don't get me wrong, it's a great case. But like I said, it's a touch overpriced and I wish the side panels went on easier.
05-21-2019 11:39 AM
technodanvan
Quote: Originally Posted by bluedevil View Post
So I guess the question that’s burning in my mind is, at $270, the Dark Base Pro 900 v2 is about $100 more expensive than cases like Lian Li’s PC-011 Dynamic, and the Cooler Master H500P Mesh, see that review here. Even compared against the Silent Base 801 from bequiet! it's hard to justify the additional $100. Being priced at $229 would have sealed the deal for the additional features like the Qi charger and the USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 connection.
While I agree this case could probably be a little less expensive, if it's anything like the thought put into their fans and heatsinks it's probably well worth it. I really don't see how a comparison could be made to either the Lian Li PC-011 or the Cooler Master H500 Mesh though. They're big cases, but to me that's about where the comparison stops.

I've been eyeing this case for a while and am thinking of doing a Threadripper build in her. With the exception of somewhat constricted airflow compared to some 'open' cases, I think this has to be one of the best-featured full-sized cases I've seen in quite some time.
05-17-2019 02:39 PM
bluedevil
Quote: Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post
People like to complain...

Would be interesting to see a comparison with other silent oriented cases such as the Fractal Design Define S2 or Phanteks Eclipse P600S as those cost much less
I will see what I can do sir! I would like to see that comparison as well!
05-17-2019 12:41 PM
AlphaC People like to complain...

Would be interesting to see a comparison with other silent oriented cases such as the Fractal Design Define S2 or Phanteks Eclipse P600S as those cost much less
05-13-2019 03:39 PM
bluedevil
Quote: Originally Posted by Alex132 View Post
Did you just copy paste your review script verbatim?
why what's the issue with that?
05-13-2019 03:13 PM
Alex132 Did you just copy paste your review script verbatim?
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