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Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: Introduction
Today we take a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe, which is Phanteks' follow-up to the award winning Enthoo Pro and Primo chassis that were launched earlier this year. Established in 2007, Phanteks aims to provide "high-end quality and innovative products in thermal solutions." Known for its CPU and fan coolers, Phanteks has been busy branching into the computer chassis market and enjoying some success at it. With an MSRP of $159 in black or white, the Enthoo Luxe is ideal for anyone who is looking for a step up from the Pro, but still stay within an affordable range. This chassis offers a lot of great features and builds upon what the other two chassis have brought to the market. Without spoiling too much, let's move on to the review.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: Closer Look
Right off the bat, looking at the pictures below, the Luxe is a spitting image of its little brother, the Enthoo Pro, reviewed early this year. Phanteks' design choice to use the sleek, aesthetic design the chassis offers is in line with what the company already established with its first chassis, the Primo. The Luxe switches it up by creating a chassis slightly larger than the Pro and adding internal lights around the rim, bringing a bit of flash. Phanteks is paving the way for innovative chassis design. Do I need to write more? I could stop the review here and just buy the chassis already, but for those who aren't already head over heels for Phanteks' lineup already, I'll give some details.
The front offers three 5.25" bays with the top bay hiding the chassis USB and audio ports behind a retractable door. Behind the front panel itself is a 200mm fan that has a few different alternate fan options covered later. Next is a decent-sized side window, which has a second smaller one to the right. Inside the window is a piece of metal with Phanteks name on it, which can be removed or replaced. On the opposite side is a standard solid panel that follows the chassis' style. Finally, the backside has a rear fan can that be adjusted up or down according to preference. By default it's lower to allow for 60mm of clearance from the top to the motherboard tray, creating space for a decent-sized AIO radiator or custom watercooling setup. The overall design choice is clean and appealing, and it gets even better with the lights on.
The top of the chassis offers a few cooling options and supports up to three 120mm or 140mm fans under the mesh. The top also houses an RGB LED power button that glows a steady color of red by default until it is changed. The dust filter itself can be seen behind the metal mesh and can be removed if the panel is taken off. Unlike many chassis recently, the top dust filter doesn't slide out; rather by pressing on the back where the arrows are, the panel becomes released from its locking mechanism. Reinstalling the panel is easy and just requires being slid back into place and once again pressing on the arrows.
This chassis in particular breaks the norm and has two dust filters on the bottom that can slide out independent of each other. I personally like this better. Not only does it become easier to remove, but my experience with longer ones is they tend to warp over time and no longer stay flush to the chassis, which defeats the purpose and usefulness.