BitFenix Outlaw Case ReviewBluePanda - October 5, 2011
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Overall, the BitFenix Outlaw might not have proved to be the best low-cost case on the market. The temperatures were nothing to call mom about and the thin panels made the inner structure a bit weak. However, the interior is fully coated in black paint, which gives the case a nice overall feel. It supported the full load of all my extensive hardware without too much extra effort and when left alone, doesn’t really cause an issue. I feel like it can be a perfect case if you don’t touch it often. If you add a couple more fans, it would probably keep the temps down fairly well too.
One noteworthy point is the insane HDD noise from this case. I did have to mount my two hard drives in the upper two slots without rubber dampers, but this was the loudest that I have ever heard from my drives. The constant mechanical sound during defragging or disc accessing seems amplified in this case. Due to the setup of my hardware, I cannot really try out the rubber mounted slots, but I’m not so sure they would remedy the issue.
Having run a few other low-cost small-stature cases, I wouldn’t recommend the Outlaw. This truly isn’t a “bad” case, but if you are looking for good cooling and ease of use out of the box, this isn’t really for you. However, if you are looking for a simple chassis that won’t be accessed frequently and requires little cooling, then it might be worth the slight savings in coin. It isn’t for everyone, but in all honesty, the real criminal in the Outlaw is its price – it’s quite the steal.
- Painted interior
- VERY small in size
- NO cable management (no room behind back panel at all)
- Thin sheet metal – flimsy!
- Thermal performance isn’t quite as good as expected