Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The mid tower, Rebel9 Pro Economy, is built from steel and uses plastic and steel mesh for the front bezel construction. The chassis is painted black, both inside and out, something I didn't expect in an economy chassis. Inside the chassis Sharkoon offers nine 5.25" bays, six of which have corresponding, removable covers in the front bezel. For 3.5" drives, Sharkoon offers 3.5" to 5.15" adapters. These adapters are held in with screws, both to the drive itself and to the drive bays when securing it. The rest of the 5.25" drive bays can benefit from the included tool-less clips for both sides of the bays. In the middle of the chassis you will find wire management and CPU access holes around the mounting for Full ATX, ATX, and m-ATX motherboards. In the rear of the case, you will find seven expansion slots and covers held into place with screws.
Cooling inside the Rebel9 PE is completely customizable. By this I mean not that you can put the included fans anywhere you need to, but that there are no fans, so it is up to you to make it perform the way you desire. The plan with the Economy case was to offer a great budget platform that the end user can finish to suit their own personal desires. Not everyone Likes LEDs, and if noise isn't an issue, air flow can make or break a build for some. With the slate being left blank, the options are truly endless for customizing the air cooling system.
Sharkoon has released these chassis' on paper, but they have yet to make it over the pond to retailers in the US. I have read rumors that it is showing up on UK sites, but even then I couldn't locate it in stock. I wasn't able to lock down a specific date to when the cases will be hitting shelves, but it will be very soon. Sharkoon has set an MSRP on the Rebel9 Pro Economy, and that pricing was given to me at 45.99 Euros. With a quick online conversion, that makes the pricing roughly $56 USD. Not all that bad of a price, but let's see just what we actually get for our money.