The feature set in the IN WIN chassis is top notch. They went and kept the all black theme I love, gave it USB 3.0 connectivity and kept a lot of the appeal that makes IN WIN who they are today. From giving a user access to both optical bays and three of the four hard drives from the outside of the chassis, to an almost completely tool-free installation, aside from the motherboard that is. What is really growing on me is that bold color choice against the black interior. As I say, this alone will tell everyone who made that chassis even if the panels and bezel are missing. I don't know if they took my grilling of their more oddly shaped cases to heart, but either way, I like this newer line of chassis exteriors much more.
As much as I want to give this chassis a full clean bill of health, there are just a couple of things that struck me as odd, or fall on my "I wish it had
" list. First, I found it odd that there was no access through the front to the fourth optical bay, but there is effort made for an aging floppy drive. The second thing I found odd was why not give access to all four of the hot swappable drive bays? I mean, that is sort of the point to a hot swappable drive bay, isn't it? For the "I wish it had
" segment I would have loved to see more points to attach wiring. I know modular PSUs are king, but even those wires need to be tied up at times. The last thing that could use some help is a slightly larger hole in the steel roof to allow those front I/O wires to move more freely.
Even with the down notes that are more of what I am used to seeing in mid towers these days, they aren't something everyone needs. The BUC from IN WIN does offer quite a bit of bang for the buck with a long list of features and all black appearance. Even with the LED fan and logo ablaze under power, it gives the chassis "that special something" that takes it from average to "now that's something I see myself buying". I have heard many times that mid towers need to be $100 or less and full towers should be around $150 for a steel and plastic chassis, and IN WIN plays right into that way of thinking. The case itself is listed at Newegg.com for $99.99, and once you are done with the basic math of shipping costs and the $20 mail in rebate, it leaves me definitely recommending this well appointed mid Tower chassis.