While not being aesthetically aggressive in any way, the 200R is a case for the "every man". First of all anyone can easily afford this solution, its black on black, and it is simple enough your better half of the relationship won't deny its use even in the living room. If you are looking out for a case for your friends that aren't so mechanically inclined, the tool-less features leave them only needing to actually screw in just the motherboard and PSU, everything else just clicks together like the connections of a modular PSU. It really can't get any easier that this until they re-engineer the way motherboards and power supplies get mounted. In the end, even with the barebones looks of the exterior, once again Corsair is delivering a chassis that has real thought in the design and layout, not just the same old layout everyone else is using.
The fans are average in both their cooling capabilities as well as the noise levels. With the idea here allowing users to customize the airflow, the pair of factory fans can easily be removed allowing you to enjoy silence, or filter the room with something that sounds like a jet taking off. That is the beauty of this design. With six options outside of the pair of included fans, you can make this compact mid-tower chassis really force the air through the components and be quite happy with the temperatures of your components. As it was shipped, the CPU seemed to stay in the average range, but the video card could have benefitted from a fan on the side or at the bottom to give it its own source of cooler outside air. As the box and the Corsair site display, this is really a simple case to build in, and I cannot think of any reason not to buy one.
Now we are back to the point that will just make your jaw drop as you think back to the pricing, and me saying that while most retailers are offering a really good price of $49.99, acting fast and getting on Newegg makes this deal almost insane. At $29.99 after the MIR, there is no way I can say not to buy the 200R. Even if you miss out on the deal, and you are forced to pay full price, the near $50 pricing is so worth the investment. Heck, just go pick up a couple now to have as spares.
You may have thought this was a "budget" solution due to size and pricing, but Corsair proves with the Carbide Series 200R that you never want to judge a book by its cover. The truly interesting bits about the 200R are all contained in the middle, and the cover just doesn't do the story any justice.
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