BitFenix Outlaw Case ReviewBluePanda - October 5, 2011
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A case can really make or break a final build. Many times, you start out by choosing key hardware such as the CPU, motherboard, GPU, and RAM, but end up with little money left for anything else. Depending on your preferences, it’s common to see the case either neglected or over-budgeted. However, it appears that several companies are finally catching on to this issue!
These days, it seems every case company is looking to provide consumers with affordable product options. With the recent OCC reviews of NZXT’s low-budget cases, it isn’t surprising to see more and more low-cost options following suit. Back in July, we reviewed the BitFenix Shinobi with crowd-pleasing results. Today, BitFenix is back to OCC as we take a peek at the BitFenix Outlaw – what seems to be a spinoff of their Merc Alpha and Merc Beta cases that were released in August. At a $10 premium above the Merc mid-towers, let’s see how this Outlaw compares. I hope it doesn’t break too many laws. (Har har!)
Arriving on my doorstep, this was one of the smaller boxes I’ve seen for a case – at first glance, I wasn’t even sure there was a case inside! After turning it to its back side, however, the packaging quickly proved that it indeed housed the mid-tower. With its plain cardboard and black-printed imaging, it looked like a nice one at that. My only fear was whether my hardware would fit – while it does promise to support long VGA cards, I’ll have to be the judge on that one.
Other than its small size, the box doesn’t give away too much cosmetic detail about the case itself. However, the side of the box reveals a few of its key features, including ATX support and three optical drive slots. This is important to me, as installing my water bay would otherwise be tricky, especially if I didn’t want to dismantle the entire loop. Four USB 2.0 slots are also promised to accompany the power/reset buttons and microphone/headphone jacks – a nice start considering we haven’t even opened the box yet.
At this point, I’m dying to see what is inside this box. If it has protective foam as thick as I’ve seen in the past, there is no telling whether there really is a case inside. Let’s get to opening the box and find out!
Cutting the box open, you will come across the standard plastic wrap and foam end-caps – if you were expecting more, you may be disappointed. However, they managed to place the step-by-step manual on top, for you to read the directions before even digging in. It was nice having it right on top, rather than tucked away inside the case or in the bottom of the box, but I naturally tossed it aside to get to the main point of the unboxing; seeing the case! Of course, although a case often doesn’t need many instructions, it’s a nice guide to use when you aren’t sure what “that” button does.
Now that we’ve got it out of the box, it’s time to see how well the diagrams on the packaging represent the case itself. Head on over to the next page to see what’s under that plastic and foam.