Koolcase Blue Meany Case Review

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Introduction

I have been seeing more and more cases with acrylic fronts and windows due to the fact that people are tired of the normal beige case and want something cooler. This case looks a lot like both of the Enermax cases that I have reviewed in the past. This case has the same kind of fan cutouts, and inside chassis so I am guessing the outside is the main difference. The chassis is also very similar to that of the SkyHawk Jupiter that I just reviewed.

  • Standard ATX form factor
  • Intel P4 ready case (requires a 350 watts P/S to be P4 ready)
  • 4 open 5.25″ drive bays
  • 2 open 3.5″ drive bays
  • 4 hidden 3.5″ drive bays (total of 10 drive bays)
  • Build in 2 front USB port connectors
  • Includes a 8cm side panel fan
  • 4 optional 8cm fans in the lower front of the case
  • 2 optional 8cm fans in rear of the case
  • Max. 7 cooling fans could be installed (6 optional)
  • Dimensions: 17″ (H) x 7.75″ (W) x 19″ (D)
  • Max. motherboard size: 12″ x 10″
  • Standard 350 watts ATX power supply (AMD recommended up to 1.2 GHz CPU)

The case comes double boxed which is really nice because a lot of the times cases are damaged during shipping. Double boxing the case gives it a lot more protection so that it will not be damaged. The box of the case is plain brown cardboard with just a few pictures and words.

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I took the case out of the box and right away it reminded me of both Enermax cases that I had reviewed. The front bezel is protected with a sheet of plastic so the arcylic does not get scratched. I took the plastic off and the front of the case is really nice looking, I do like the arcylic. From the back of the case you can see the power supply which we will look at later along with the cutouts for the fans.

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The case also comes with front USB which are hid away behind a little door at the bottom of the case. All you have to do is push in the door and let go and it will open right up to expose the two USB ports behind it. As always I love front USB because it makes using these devices much easier and faster like they were meant to be used.

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The case comes with four thumbscrews which hold both doors in place, I love thumbscrews for the obvious reason. The door of the case has a pre cut window which has a blue tint to it. The window design is very similar to a lot on the market including both of the Enermax. There is a translucent blue 80mm case fan in the middle of the window which will help cool your system down. The window is attached to the case with eight rivets which look really cool. I like the design of this window and if you don’t have the time, knowledge, skill, or desire to cut your own window this will make your day.

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I got inside the case and found a power supply, power supply cable, jumpers, a box of extras, and a blue cold cathode which was attached to the chassis with cat3 (phone cord). The inside is almost identical to both of the Enermax cases and the Skyhawk Jupiter which I previously reviewed. I will be taking a look at the cold cathode and power supply on the next page. The case does not have a removable motherboard tray which is disappointing, because a removable motherboard tray makes things so much easier. A thing I really like about this case is that all of the edges are not sharp so that you will not cut yourself.

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The case comes with all but one of the expansion slot covers which is nice. It’s really irritating when a case does not come with them because after you punch out the one that comes attached you don’t have anything to cover the hole. One of the expansion slot covers is missing because they are assuming that you will be using at least one card which is usually correct. Right next to the expansion slots there are 2 cutouts which are for an extra parallel and serial port, these will probably not be used by many. The back of the case comes ready to hold two 80mm fans just as the previous Enermax cases did. I will say the same thing about all of these fan cutouts, they are not good. As you can see there is a lot of metal in the way which will impede air flow, I never understand why companies don’t cut the hole out better.

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The inside front of the case is a little different than the past Enermax cases. This case comes with cutouts for four 80mm fans in the front of the case rather than a single 120mm fan. This looks all well and good however I think that a 120mm fan would have been better. I say this because even though four fans will look much more impressive they will be a lot louder and will probably not move much more air due to the small intake opening at the bottom of the case. I guess it really depends on what you want to do, personally I prefer a quiet 120mm fan that will move as much air as two to four 80mm.

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The front bezel is held on by three clips on each side of the case which when pressed together will let you take off the front bezel. I tried to remove the front bezel with just my hands for a few minutes but was unable to do so. I then got out some pliers and gave it a go and still was unable to remove the bezel for a good five minutes at least. I don’t much understand the point of not needing tools to take off the bezel if you are not able to. Then again I am a computer nerd and not the strongest guy, but how many of us are?

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