Cougar Solution Chassis ReviewBluePanda - April 3, 2012
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Just recently we looked at the Evolution chassis from COUGAR. Today we get to take a second look at the COUGAR lineup with a peek at the Solution chassis. It is a true mid-tower with a price tag that is affordable for any budget. It is a little smaller in stature than the Evolution but still has a lot of the features we saw in that case, just reduced in either scale or quantity. I’ll try not to make too many references back to the Evolution for those of you who haven’t looked at its review, but the similarities do exist. Let’s take a closer look at the Solution and find out how it stacks up against the competition.
I truly love the simple black-printed cardboard box COUGAR uses with their case boxes. The design is clean, quick to the point, and lacks the flashiness that screams, “We spent more on the box than your case!” The front of the box is covered with a UPS shipping sleeve that only hides a tiny bit of the COUGAR logo. A quick inverse image of the actual case is printed with “Solution” spelled out in the upper right and lower left corners.
The back side of the box lists the case's features (found on the Specifications & Features page of this review) and shows off sketches of a few of them just to get you excited. Again from COUGAR we find the “midi tower” reference which still leaves me wondering exactly what they are going for with such a name, but this chassis is truly midi file sized – small.
The sides of the box are nearly identical; one lists specifications at the bottom, and the other lists the same specifications as well as color and item number. There are handles on the box which is always a nice addition. Not only does it make it easier for the delivery man to not drop it as often, but it also makes it easier to carry into the house. Case boxes without handles still make me sad.
Opening up the box we find the typical foam ends inside with a plastic-bagged case. Flipping it over and emptying the contents leaves us with another well-packaged case. No broken foam ends and no loose items is always a good thing when opening any case box. Broken foam generally means broken chassis, so the case appears to be in good condition here.