Cooler Master HAF XB ReviewBluePanda - November 12, 2012
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In conclusion the HAF XB brings back the BluePanda "Gold" award. I choose to give few gold awards here on OCC and reserve them for the products that really deserve them by going above and beyond expectations in a product. To be honest the HAF XB is cheap as hell for a chassis of its quality. Sturdy, solid builds are hard to find in this price range without the loss of some feature or another. The HAF XB shows up with its game face and never looks back. The case itself has a strong frame – due to its smaller size, I'm sure it was easier to beef up with the "leftover" money; but this case truly holds up to me sitting on it, swinging it around, roughing it up, and will surely hold up to any LAN party touring and trolling. The quality is what you would expect from Cooler Master and quite frankly beats out the original HAF 932 and even the revamped 932 in quality all around at the significantly reduced price. Everything about this case is AWESOME; there's great airflow, great cable management, great quality, easy to work with, easy to move, there just aren't enough words to stand up to it.
I will admit the squatty stature of the build might not be for everyone. It is a lot fatter than your typical case – easily two Corsair 650Ds next to each other, but it stands less than half the height as well. If you can afford the extra floor/desk space, then I highly recommend the HAF XB. Cost, appearance, and quality can't be beat at this price range. This is the ultimate LAN rig. Props to CM and the HAF XB.
- Solid build in a small stature
- Great cooling and easy cable routing
- It's kinda CUTE, but makes for a hell of LAN rig
- Cost for the quality can't be beat
- Strange shape
- Front fans are LOUD without a fan controller