One of the first parties we got to go to during the week of CES was with Corsair. At that party slash meeting before the libations started flowing, we all had an introduction from Robert and he handed over things to the new chassis Corsair has in the works for this year. There were a couple of chassis concepts that were almost ready for market, but still had a few minor things to work out with them before they went retail with the designs. That was until just recently when there was a pair of cases that arrived at my door. It seems Corsair is ready to deliver the chassis and I am more than willing to bring you yet another product from Corsair.
On one side of the coin for the designs of that pair was something I didn't think Corsair was going to do when the rush of cases came out in the Obsidian, Graphite and Carbide series of chassis designs. That was to strip it down of all the things that get in the way or caused headaches and deliver a Carbide series case that is very affordable for all of those who liked their designs, but weren't willing to fork over what a chassis like the 800D demands. At this point you are probably thinking what about the 400R and to that I will say this. The new design isn't as aggressive, doesn't have the bulge at the top and while being thought of a chassis that has only what you need to get the components into the chassis and deliver a clean looking build, this new submission has a style all its own and it's really not bad to look at.
The newest chassis in the Carbide series is the 300R mid-tower chassis. This chassis takes out the top hard drive rack to allow for longer cards, since most of us remove that section anyways. It also removed the rubber grommets and there are things around the chassis that makes it easy to see there are things from other cases that these parts come from that just aren't included with this model. That isn't to say that this is a plain black box with nothing to offer, as I say, it is more about two things in this design.
Taking all the things that you really don't need in the chassis out and in doing so, Corsair can deliver a chassis that is more affordable. It looks like Corsair is now playing to the crowd a bit, offering the Carbide 300R with just enough to get you by without stripping your wallet of every last image of a president.
Stick around - I think what Corsair is doing here is great and I commend them on finally bringing a simpler solution to market that everyone could use. I hope you feel the same by the time I finish writing this.