I won this case in a competition so I think it’s fair to say that I got a pretty sweet deal on it. The question is though, if I were in the market for a new case, would I buy it?
I really like how this case looks. This is the first case I have had with a transparent panel to show off the PCs innards and I have to say I quite like it. The front panel looks fantastic with the three LED fans that come with the case as standard and the touch-screen power and reset buttons are a really nice touch (get it?) that I haven’t seen before.
The case is certainly aesthetically pleasing, even though my cable management skills leave much to be desired. I like the LED fans, and to be honest, I like that they are just white with none of that RGB nonsense but that’s just a matter of personal taste. I think this case is good looking, and interesting looking, without being too garish and over the top. I don’t think that’s an easy balance to strike but I think Micronics have done a good job here.
This PSU shroud does a nice job of keeping my dodgy cable management nice and hidden. This should be able to comfortably house most standard size power supplies. Unfortunately for me, I happen to have an AMD-based system which is somewhat power hungry, with a water-cooled FX-based 8-core CPU and two Sapphire R9-280 GPUs in crossfire. I power the system with a 1000W Corsair PSU which is a bit longer than most PSUs on the market. This meant that it was a bit of a struggle fitting it in and the only way that I could make this work is by routing some of the cables through the lower of the two 3.5″ drive bay, rendering it useless! This is made all the more frustrating by the vast amount of space left at the front of the case when if the drive bays were just an inch further forward this wouldn’t be an issue. That said, for most people, this simply won’t be an issue, so I shouldn’t complain too much.
There is space for 2×3.5″ drives (assuming you have a more sensibly sized PSU than me) and 3×2.5″ drives, although to be honest, I think these could have been positioned a bit better. Two of the 2.5″ drive points (they are not really bays) are behind the motherboard and therefore have to compete for space with your cables and I’m not a huge fan of this for a setup.
Four LED fans come with the case as standard and these are pretty quiet as well which makes a nice addition. There’s also room for an additional 2 fans in the top panel and 2 at the bottom. There’s plenty of room for AIO water cooling solutions as well. I have my 120mm AIO radiator on the rear rear of the system, but there’s also room at the front for a radiator up to 360mm in length.
The top I/O panel has the usual 2x USB2.0, 2x USB3.0, Headphone, and Mic ports, as well as a Fan on/off Switch to control the case fans, allowing a bit more control over the noise levels of the setup. Personally, I don’t want to turn my fans off completely so I haven’t touched the button in months, I think controlling the fan speed would be a much better use of space.
The Build Quality
The chassis has a pretty sturdy feeling steel construction. The interior is clean and well put together with no potentially annoying/painful sharp edges around the place. The side panel is transparent acrylic and the front panel is tempered glass. It would has a nicer feel to it if the side panel were tempered glass as well but, of course, this would lead to a higher price point and I’m not convinced the case could compete with the more expensive options out there.
I really can’t way that I have any complaints about the build quality, and haven’t run into any issues with it in the three months that I’ve been using the case. I can’t help but conclude that it is a pretty solid case then, although to be honest I haven’t been trying to break it.
At the time of writing, this case goes for £65.56 at QuietPC which is where I won this from. For the price, this is an excellent quiet and good looking case; however, it does come with several limitations that can be expected at this price point.
All in all, I think that this is a decent case at a reasonable price with some interesting, if purely cosmetic, selling points. To be honest, for my current setup, this case isn’t really for me. But that’s just because my system runs too hot for it and it doesn’t really fit properly. I will probably be moving my system back into my old Antec 300 Two at some point because it just suits my needs better, being a much larger case with better airflow. However, if I was building a system from scratch with newer, cooler components and with only a single graphics card, then this would be on the list of cases to consider. If your looking for a good looking case on a budget for a mid-range system then I think the Micronics Master T3000 Touch is definitely worth considering.
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