I was sold on the original Colossus and I got one that was practically handled by everyone who went to their showings before they released to the public. Even with all the use and hands on it received, I still found that chassis to have all the right stuff to sell a chassis. It was unique, had a very cool lighting scheme in my opinion, and offered a tool-free installation. I like that the bulk of the chassis is kept from the original, and only a few options were done away with. There isn't a fan controller this time, or the option to change LED color or "pulse" them, and the Lockdown is not included. You do however get a very similar chassis without all the flash and a view of your components.
For those who referred to the original as a "lava lamp", here is your chance to get what most cases on the market today have. Even with this new release the Colossus Window does have a couple of downfalls. One is the lack of USB 3.0 connectivity; today it's almost a "must" in mid-range to high-end chassis design. While the 230mm fans are silent, and do a pretty good job at keeping the interior cooled, the tight mesh and a bunch of hard drives can really cut that flow down fast. I assume this is why there are so many options for fan positions and sizes so that you can customize the airflow with your choice of fans for the interior.
Simplifying the packaging, removing a bit of the "bling" of the Colossus while still offering us all the amenities and comforts of it, but this time with a view! In the end I found the chassis to be just as good as the original. Most of the added features I didn't use as I don't attend LAN events. The Colossus Window is more my style. I like the front lighting, I really like the window, and I still love the room to work that a well appointed full tower chassis offers. What makes this an even sweeter deal, is the potential savings even over the original Colossus. The Colossus Window in any of the tri of flavors can be found for a very reasonable $150. Most of the cases I tend to use day to day run in the $300 range, and this chassis offers what they have, with a unique twist on how it gets presented. It's a shame the availability is so limited, or this chassis would have scored much, much higher.
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