Raidmax Quantum Reviewairman - March 23, 2010
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A brand that many computer enthusiasts may have heard of is the manufacturer Raidmax. We have published quite a few reviews of some of their products and each have done well. Raidmax is known more particularly for their budget "gaming" cases, for example the ones with windows and extra lighting. Some people may state that you get what you pay for, but in most cases the price to performance ratio of their less expensive products exceed that of other manufacturers budget cases. Raidmax has more recently been producing some upper to middle-end cases in the $70 and $80 price range, one of these being the recently reviewed Raidmax Skyline, which outperformed all of the comparison cases in 4 out of 8 tests. The Skyline lacked a little bit of stability, but that is what made it lightweight. I do slightly expect to revisit that again with the Quantum, but I'm not making any hard assumptions yet. As with any case, I do look forward to seeing what it has to offer and how well it performs, and with the Raidmax Quantum, I don't expect any less!
The Raidmax Quantum is packaged in a brown cardboard box with red writing. It is quite plain actually, and the only way I knew what it was, is because of the UPC code on one side that said "Quantum". This box was actually shipped inside what looked like another box that was turned inside out, which I was a little confused about, but I didn't judge it on this. Other than that, there isn't really much else to day about the box that it's packaged in. Just about the only other text on it is "Made in China", and a few symbols referring to the contents, like "this end up", a trash-can with an 'X' through it, and others. The case itself is in a plastic bag that is sandwiched between two blocks of foam and arrived undamaged.
Through the plastic bag I could see the front of the case, which was all mesh. The front of it kind of reminds me of the way a high-end full tower would look. However, I did notice that about half of the drive bay covers had come loose and were "pushed" into the bezel. On the inside behind the bezel was a strip of masking tape that looked like it was there to hold the covers in place. The original pictures that I had of the un-boxing process were lost due to my camera's memory card getting corrupted, so I had to retake them. I had misplaced the bag that it came in, which is why it does not appear in the picture below. I have further determined that the box that I received the case in is not what is being sent out retail, as I saw a picture of the box on the Raidmax website. The Styrofoam blocks that it came with did seem pretty obvious that they did not belong with this case. They were, for lack of a better word, "shoved" into the box and gave it a little bit of bulge. The loose drive bay covers can be seen less dramatically below.
Anyway, the case is packaged with a manual and a bag of screws and other mounting hardware. The bag of screws there are what was left over after putting the computer together. This is for the same reason about how the original pictures were lost, so I just put what was left in the picture. Anyway, I didn't come across any tool-less drive rails, but after discovering that this case was indeed tool-less, I looked it up and saw that it supposedly is. At this point, I assumed that the tool-less mechanisms are part of the case itself. This will be explored on a later page, but now that the case is out of the box it's time to take a closer look at the exterior and what features it has.