Corsair 500R Mid-Tower Case ReviewBluePanda - November 20, 2011
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Where you decide your hardware gets to live can say a lot about any build. A case with a huge window means you likely want to show off that $400 GPU you have sitting inside, otherwise it goes unnoticed. Others of you close it up tight; you don’t want anyone to know what you have inside, perhaps because it’s so good and that’s where your “extreme” gaming abilities come from, or it’s so bad that you’re ashamed of your own hardware. Others of us just like a nice looking case, whether it shows off what’s inside of it or not. It’s all about looking awesome.
Another member of the Carbide series from Corsair has shown up! After we reviewed the Corsair 400R about a month back, Corsair made their 500R release. However, the increase in model number doesn’t correspond to an increase in price; the 500R comes priced right at $139.99 retail. It comes styling in either black or white in color, ready to fit with whatever theme you have going. Today we’ll take a look at the Corsair 500R White Edition and we’ll see how this chassis stacks up compared to some other cases on the market.
No surprise, the Corsair 500R showed up in a box on my doorstep. A simple, brown box with a breakout picture of all the special features; all the drive bays, fans, and fan filters are explained in the typical 8-12 different languages. In reality you can only say so much about the box the case came in – most people don’t even bother looking at it. I just want to tear into it, but no, I have to take these pictures for all of you to enjoy first.
The left side and right side ended up being exactly the same, so only half as much to say about them here! The sides have a simple sketch-up of what the inside of the case looks like next to the front of the case and some more specification about the case (which are listed on page 4 of this review). Finally the fun part of opening it up; this case was packed differently than any case I’ve received yet. The foam sandwich was foam, case, foam from top to bottom rather than side to side. Interesting method, although I see no advantages, or disadvantages for that matter, for packing it this way – just different. The delivery guy has been having fun with packages lately, the side panel was dented in a bit; fortunately it was easy to pop back the right way.
Now the fun begins – you will have to forgive me already for the images you are about to see. A white case with a white background…obviously a difficult, yet not impossible task; but for the rough pictures don’t yell at the 500R – take it out on me. So here is the first shot out of the box wrapped in the lovely “don’t put this bag on your head or you will die” plastic bag and foam caps. Not much more to say.
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