I think I may have been a little hyper critical on the Atlus. I see many, many designs and concepts, and the more I see, the more I want in every case. The reality of it is simple, though. This case has everything needed to look good, function well, and it still gives the user a more custom case feel from the outside. The interior is very Spartan, and while I would have liked to see some changes in order to offer this chassis up at a budget friendly price, concessions have to be made, and in this case the wire management is what got lost in the design. For the pricing of the chassis I have seen much worse cross my desk, and this chassis offers great ventilation, options for more cooling, and even has dust filters on the front intake. All in all Galaxis did a good job with delivering a good case at a good price.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the styling of the ARES, but I know there are those out there that fell in love with the design. I find that the Atlus, while being the cheaper of the two, offers a better external design package, and the Atlus will have an easier time of finding a home, based on the cleaner design in my opinion. Is this a case to compete with the CM690 II? - Not really, and it's a shame there is only a few dollars difference, because that negates a lot of what Galaxis has done in the Atlus. I give Galaxis credit where it is due, and to level the field, companies like Cooler Master have had years to iron out kinks, lower production costs, and develop a case that took buyers by storm. Give Galaxis some time, and I think they have the potential to offer up similar options to the aforementioned competition, and with pricing similar to them as well.
With this being only the second chassis I have seen from Galaxis, I can't wait until they can grab a bigger share of the market. This will allow them to not only lower the already low price point of $59.99 that they are asking for the Atlus, but with time, hopefully they can find ways to incorporate more and more options inside the chassis as they go along. Either way, I ended up liking the Atlus, and for the price, I can only say; if you are on a super tight budget, grab the Galaxis. If you are in need of USB 3.0, or wire management is a must, you may want to keep looking, but to house a rig with stock or smaller aftermarket cooling, the Galaxis has a good candidate in the Atlus mid tower chassis.
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