It’s been a while since my last case review and I’m glad to say the time has come for another one, Koolcases sent over one of their cases which is called the “Prince” it is a black deluxe tool-less ATX mid tower with a 300w Pentium4 ready power supply, it also has two front-access USB ports.
Picking out the right case is a big decision for most because they want something that will do everything they need for them and usually want one with lots of case modding potential. I know for a fact that its hard to find a case that has all the features that you are looking for which is why I feel that case reviews are very important, below are some of the specifications for the case.
While some of you may complain at the fact that I usually post pictures of the packaging of the products and pictures of the box I do this for a reason. Though some of you may not be concerned with how well it is packed for shipping or what the outside of the box looks like or whatever, I feel that it is important to take a look at this aspect of the company and of the product.
You are the ones that are going to be spending your money on these products and should know what you are getting from every point of view. This case came double boxed which I always like to see for shipping of cases, due to the large size and the fact that a case with a big dent in the side of it sucks. Within the box of the case usual Styrofoam is found which usually provides adequate protection for shipping.
Taking a close look at this case I can say it is very sturdy and the paint is really nice on it, the front of the case is really cool looking and really unique, there are 4 5.25″ bays and 2 3.5″ bays. The power button for the case is good, however I am not too fond of the reset button, this however might just be my personal preference.
I like to have reset buttons that are big so that I don’t have to search for it with my hand when I reach down and need to reset my computer. The front bezel is really easy to take off and no tools are needed, all you need to do is pop the plastic tabs out of place and pull the front off, it comes off really easy. Also as you can see taking a look at the naked front of the case there is a place for an intake fan which has a good cutout to allow a lot of air to flow through.
The case also has front USB which is hidden away very nicely behind a door which is mounted right below the 3.5″ bays. I really like this because I hate having to reach around to the back of my case and search around for the USB and after I do I usually end up banging my head into my desk on the way back up, which is why I wrote a guide on how to do a front USB MOD. This of course looks a lot more professional than the MOD I did and is much easier seeing how it comes stock on the case.
I was a little disappointed with the side of the case to be honest, the reason for this is because there is a hole on side which is for ventilation on the case, however there is no way to mount a fan here without taking a drill to the case. If there were just 4 holes around the circular grill it would make for some good airflow. It would be very easy to MOD this case a little bit and make the hole work much better but if it came stock it would be a lot better.
There is a feature on this case which I really do like though, on the back of the case instead of using screws there are tabs which hold the side panel onto the case. To remove the side panel all you have to do is give the tabs a little pull and it will release the panel from the case. The back of the case is also very nice, there is a spot for an 80mm exhaust fan and the cutout for the fan is really good because there is not much metal blocking airflow.