BitFenix Raider Case ReviewBluePanda - March 28, 2012
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BitFenix is widely known for their Colossus and Shinobi chassis'. We reviewed the Shinobi and the Outlaw from BitFenix just last year. The Outlaw might have been a disappointment but perhaps BitFenix just isn’t very good at making that low-end case. Today we’ll spend some time raiding one of their newest chassis, the Raider. The Raider is a mid-tower with a clean, smooth look. It looks flat black with the BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment making it soft to the touch and more resistant to fingerprints than glossy finishes. It looks plain, simple, and rather fancy all at the same time.
The major addition that BitFenix seems to be rather proud to include is the addition of three included Spectre fans. Spectre fans are a design BetFenix came up with to enhance cooling while remaining quiet as well. The fans have sickle fan blades that create a large amount of air without a large amount of noise. Although they come in black or white, or even with LEDs, the three fans included with the Raider are all solid black adding more class to the case.
Let’s take a look at what the Raider has to offer. We’ve seen other cases BitFenix has created in the past, and I know some of you even own or have owned some of them. Perhaps this will be another to add to your wish list or saving jar goals.
A rather simple brown box was on my doorstep when I got home. Somehow I knew exactly where it had come from. BitFenix has one of my favorite boxes of all time, simple cardboard with minimal printing. For one thing, you already know what you ordered, so you don’t need pictures of it all over the box for your nosey neighbors to be looking at. A large BitFenix logo is recognizable to those who care about such items, and makes them smile to see you’ve gotten something good. It’s truly a good box!
The front of the box has the big BetFenix logo I have mentioned with a subtle “Raider” in the bottom right corner. The back of the box has a quick drawing of the case, a drawing of the inside, and drawings of the three Spectre fans. A few features are written out but it’s not flashy as to what is inside. The two sides of the box both read “RAIDER” in all capitals. Specifications are given on one side with a top/front view drawing of the case while the other side is covered in FedEx labels to get it to me and a nice inventory barcode label for BitFenix themselves. Enough about the box, let’s open it up.
Opening it up, no surprise, the case is in a plastic bag and capped off with foam caps. Flipping it over and pulling it all out I’m excited to get it all unwrapped and now my cat has a new box to play in. It seems any case I get that has handles on the box seems to make it here in more of one piece. I think the delivery guy, or lady, just tends to treat them better when they can easily move them. Either way, this case had handles and even with the label taping one of them up, it got here in one perfect piece, no broken foam or anything!