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BitFenix Outlaw Mid Tower Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Just when you think BitFenix is done with great ideas, they flip the idea of a case design on its head and offer the economically friendly Outlaw mid tower.

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 3, 2011 3:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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The all steel constructed Outlaw receives a black textured paint finish on all metal surfaces. To go along with all the black of the steel frame and door panels, the plastic front bezel receives a full covering of SofTouch coating that I have really come to love on BitFenix cases. In this bezel there are three external 5.25" bay covers, also coated with SofTouch, and long mesh covered slits that run up the sides for ventilation. At the top of the bezel is where you will locate the I/O panel with its four USB 2.0 connections, audio jacks and power and reset buttons. As I mentioned, this is a left hand drive chassis, which means it should sit on your left, at least for easy access to the internal components.

 

The internal layout is a bit different than the usual chassis design. Being left hand drive, the motherboard tray is moved to the left side if looking at the chassis head on. To orient the rear I/O in the rear of the chassis, you need to invert the motherboard to do this. Since the bulk of the interior is used for this, that leaves us with the four 5.25" bays, four 3.5" bays and the mounting holes in the floor for a 2.5" drive taking up the left side of the chassis as you look into it. Wire management is still considered, even with the motherboard tray being pushed to the door panel with little room behind it for much more than a fan cable. Management is a bit limited to two small areas behind the 5.25" drives and the 3.5" drives with use of cut outs in the steel frame giving you some ability to put longer wires somewhere out of site.

 

The cooling inside the Outlaw is very basic as it comes shipped. Inside the chassis there is room for five optional fans as the sixth hole is already covered with the one installed 120mm fan. The top of the chassis will allow for two 120mm fans to be installed, as does the front of the chassis. The floor offers room for a single 120mm fan while the right side panel of the chassis has room for either a pair of 140mm fans or a pair of 120mm fans. On top of all of the air cooling options, there is a pair of holes to allow tubing to pass through the rear of the chassis. For those who plan to water cool in the Outlaw, there are options for you to look at in that respect.

 

The most important factor to most buyers, no matter how cool the case looks or what it offers, always comes down to the pricing. Taking a look around, I am finding that locations to buy the Outlaw are slim at the moment with only three results coming up via Google shopping. Xoxide.com, AntaresPro.com, and Outletpc.com are the three I was able to locate the Outlaw. AntaresPro has the best initial pricing at $47.25 prior to shipping, but once included drove the price well over $75. The deal at Outletpc.com for $49.98 even with shipping added is the best deal to be had that I can find. They are only requiring an additional $11 to get a case to me, where the others want almost $30 to ship the same chassis. You can always play the waiting game to see if more retailers will take on the Outlaw into their stock, but for those who have to have it now, I took the shopping decision out of it, so let's see what this $61.40 investment gets you!

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