Raidmax Hurricane ReviewIndybird - March 31, 2010
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Overall, this case turned out to be a mixed bag. It seems that while we gained many higher-end features at a lower price tag, the quality of some of the baseline features were lost. The most prevalent issue with case was the severe lack of space. The hard drives overlap the motherboard and can block expansion cards, it can only hold up to 10" graphics cards, and it can only hold up to 5" tall coolers. Part of the reason for this is the layout of the case. Some simple design changes could increase the space, but then again, it adds cost to an inexpensive design that really is most likely targeted to reach the people who want a case that is far from the pedestrian beige box. The strangest issue on this case was the lack of screws and stand-offs, which is a problem I never thought I would encounter.
However, the Hurricane has strong list of pros: it sports an interesting and unique exterior, has decent build quality, and proves its worthiness in the cooling department all while remaining fairly quiet. The design was overall flashy, but not over the top. Unlike many budget "gamer" cases, the use of LEDs and molded plastic was very tasteful. Though the metal is more flimsy than what you would find in, say a $100 case, I encountered absolutely no problems relating to cheap materials. There were no bent panels, no sharp edges and also no cheap plastic. With that in mind, this case probably wouldn't be able to take the beating from transportation to something like a LAN party on a regular basis without some additional care. The cooling capabilities of this case, however, were what surprised me most. This $40 case held up against the aforementioned 'pricier' cases in its cooling performance, even while staying fairly quiet.
If you are working with less or smaller components, and you don't mind being a little creative with your system assembly, then you will find little wrong with this affordable but decent-performing case.
- Above-average cooling solution
- Sleek appearance
- Fairly quiet
- Good build quality
- Little space to work in
- Impractical/outdated design
- Can't hold larger components
- Not enough stand-offs and screws included