InWin's GRone was so close to fully winning me over it isn't even funny. I really liked everything about this design. While not the way others are doing things, InWin shows they are more than capable of delivering a chassis that is worthy of praise from the enthusiast market that once laughed at the aesthetic choices that InWin once released.
There are only two things that stick out to me that are things that should have been addressed, and if they had been addressed, I would fully support this chassis with my full recommendation. The lack of any sort of punched out points to tie up the wiring in some sort of civilized fashion was a letdown. Then there were the unfinished looking feet. It was almost as if there were caps missing that would hold the rubber pads. As I received the chassis it had no issues sliding around, with little effort, and that is a bit of a concern since it could get pushed off a table, for example, without much effort. It may seem petty, but other cases in this segment that offer what the GRone brings, also include my complaints in their designs.
With five fans cooling things down inside of the GRone, and with me removing the hard drive trays and racks, during testing I had the option of silence on one side of the switch and Turbo on the other. Starting with Turbo, as the chassis is shipped, it will make a pretty audible "whir" for the first five feet near the chassis, but this noise also results in well above average thermal results. If you are just doing some homework, or like me sit by my PC to work, just change the fan control over to Silence and enjoy an ever so slightly hum coming from the chassis.
Yes, thermal results increased a bit, but for menial tasks, the PC uses little resources and doesn't need "super cooling". Considering we haven't touched yet on the four optional places for a radiator. The top offers plenty of room for both the fans and the radiator without encroaching on the motherboard. You can also pull the hard drive system out like I did and gain access to the one on the floor and the one in the front of the chassis. If that isn't enough cooling potential, you can always add a single radiator to the back and have a loop so complicated that you might get lost when routing it. That is up to you to decide.
The price is right for this chassis. The $159.99 listing I found at Newegg suits the feature set and capabilities of the GRone very well. That is as long as you don't mind running to the hardware store for some 3M stick wire management clips, or you think duck tape will match the metallic grey interior better. The foot issue isn't such a big deal if the chassis is on the floor or on a surface that has some traction. If on hardwood or on a desk top, be warned a curious kitty or child can move this with very little force on a slick surface.
I have to commend InWin. For its first attempt to obtain money from the enthusiast market, they got really close to perfect, but just ever so slightly missed. I mean the case has everything, removable drive bays, EZ-Swap Dock, its fully water cooling ready, and is large enough to park a small car inside of. There isn't a lot not to like, but for a guy like me, I am a bit more demanding as I also know what else is out there today. If InWin had just done something for the wiring and the feet issue, they could have easily had Editor's Choice.
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