Phanteks Enthoo Pro Reviewhornybluecow - May 7, 2014
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Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Introduction
Today we take a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Pro, which is Phanteks' follow-up to the award winning Enthoo Primo chassis that was 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. With a price point of just under $100, the Enthoo Pro is ideal for anyone who is looking for an affordable chassis with a lot of great features. Without spoiling too much, let's move on to the review.
Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Closer Look
Looking at the pictures below, the chassis looks fairly familiar. Ah yes, it reminds of the Fractal Design ARC series; most notably the XL I reviewed a while back. If you don't see the resemblance, that's okay. Phanteks has been wise to choose a simple, clean design because sometimes a flashy one isn't appropriate or desired in certain settings. In this case, the sleek aesthetic design the chassis offers is in line with what Phantek already established with its first chassis, the Primo. But enough about the appeal and on to the review.
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 removable dust filter along with a 200mm fan that has a few different alternate fan options covered later. Next is a decent size side window, which has a second smaller one to the right. Inside the window is a piece of metal with Phanteks name on it, if you ever forget. I must say this is first i've seen that a company goes out its way to immortalize its name inside a chassis. The rest of the chassis is standard as it comes...almost. The rear fan can 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.
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 a power button that glows a steady white with a small LED light above it indicating hard drive activity. The dust filter 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, though the bottom does. This chassis in particular breaks the norm and has two dust filters 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.