Just when you thought the Corsair line of case numbers couldn't go much lower, they drop the latest addition to the Carbide series of cases. Ever since I saw the 800D and pretty much every case since in the Obsidian, Graphite, Vengeance, or the Carbide series of cases, I have really liked what Corsair delivers in the chassis market. From what I have seen develop in this time, is that you don't have to buy the super high-end cases to get things you can really use, or even things you just demand of a chassis - Corsair covers the feature set well with all of its cases. That being said, I am sure I won't be disappointed with its latest either.
The concept behind this latest chassis had two major things that Corsair wanted to incorporate. First off was a size limitation. While this chassis is a mid-tower by size specifications, it is very stout and compact. This does remove a bit of the free space in some mid-tower offerings, but the chassis has plenty of room for all the mandatory components. The second thing Corsair wanted to offer in this chassis was the simplest user experience as possible during the build. To accomplish this, there are built in clips, a new 2.5" drive rack, and thumbscrews for the expansion slots. The only thing you need a screwdriver for is to mount the motherboard and the PSU.
Along with the two things I just covered, there is one other thing that really makes the Carbide Series 200R stand out, and that is the sub-$50 pricing I am seeing currently. So as we take a closer look at what the 200R from Corsair has to offer, keep in mind just what is offered in this feature set, how cool the chassis looks, and just how gentle it is to your wallet as we get in-depth with this chassis today.
There is a nice mix of a few of their other designs combined with a few new things in the 200R. If you were or currently still are a fan of Corsair cases, we both know what to expect, and know that the build quality is top notch. All that is left is to touch on are the fine points and to see if you will be advising your friends to buy one of these by the end of the review.