Looking back through Corsair's history of cases, I have yet to be disappointed with any of them. I had their flagship on my desk for over two years, and it just recently got replaced. I also have the 600T SE currently in use, and it was the case that sold me on what a white case looks like done right -not looking like somewhere to test culture samples. The 500R keeps that aggressive classic muscle car aesthetics that sold me on the 600T, yet it takes a whole other approach in its shape and design and leaves me with that same warm fuzzy feeling that looking over at my 600T once gave me. For those who love what Corsair has to offer, but were turned off by the overly rounded approach of the 600T design and won't settle for the average black chassis, the 500R is a perfect solution to your needs, wants, and desires.
I really can only find one fault with the chassis. The depth of the recess of the motherboard tray, due to my ninety degree SATA ports, caused me to "lose" three of them, as I cannot connect a cable to them due to the shape of the steel. With that out of the way, let's move on to what I did like, both inside and outside the case. USB 3.0 is nice, and if you have this case where you sleep, the fan control and lighting controls are very handy. The storage tray is convenient, but the removable mesh top is very cool as it hides the mounting of the fans under it for a very clean look outside. I also like that every fan option in the chassis that allows for a 120mm fan also allows for 140mm fan alternatives. The thing that really sells me on the 500R is when it was powered up and running with the lights all ablaze. The white exterior with the thick black stripe down the front and breaking up the left side looks even better with the glow of white light poking through and lighting the interior enough to easily be seen through the mesh side panel.
So now it comes down to the fact which I couldn't bring to you in the Carbide 400R review, and that is which of the two Carbide chassis' are the one to buy. Looking at it from just the money end, the 400R lists right around $100. As I mentioned earlier, if you shop through Newegg.com, the near $160 once shipping is added, it doesn't seem like such a sweet deal. Frugal shoppers will take the link I left earlier to the much sweeter deal of $120.22 to your door pricing, which makes this decision a no brainer for me. The 500R is well worth every extra penny over the 400R. For the much better looking big brother of the Carbide Series, the Arctic White version of the case from Corsair is an aggressive and stylish solution I see many people wanting to own for themselves!