I'm not really that tough on a lot of cases. Basically all you have to do to keep me happy with a solid structure, a good layout both internally and externally, offer a good feature set, and maybe have some good aesthetic appeal, but even here different people like different things, so I keep looks in mind, but it isn't usually make or break for me. In this instance I sort of feel let down and let me try to explain why. Imagine going to a car dealership, seeing all the Mustang GT literature, eyeing the spit shined version on the showroom floor, and being lead on that you were going to own this model of vehicle. Then once the papers are signed, you go out and find the one you actually bought comes with a four cylinder engine and has crank up windows and push down locks.
This is how I feel about the GT1 as well. The outside had me with the unique styling, and the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Once I saw that there were the little red inserts, I couldn't wait to set them in and see what it looked like then, and I wasn't disappointed. Then I made the fatal error of opening the chassis and finding out that this is the area in which InWin saved customers money.
Figuratively speaking, the chassis does have some nice features too, but once you get passed its cooling potential with all the optional holes filled, the HDD dock, and the aesthetics, there really isn't much left. Green interior components, half a motherboard tray, a complete lack of rational wire management, a rainbow assortment of wiring, and not enough screws to get past even the simplest of builds are all things that get a check in the con's column for me. I really wish that the inside would have been much better, because I was really starting to root for this case being a good mix of bold outside with the heart of a sports car, but once the doors were open and the hood was raised, I saw it was just a poser not worth of an approach to the line, it will just get left with a front bezel full of bits of rubber to clean off after it fails to win the race.
Sad thing is, with a $74.99 base price, it really isn't that hard to sell a case in that range. All you have to do is stay up with current trends, think like you are actually going to use this chassis and not just show it off empty, and maybe include everything a user will need to fill out the chassis to its full potential.
With the GT1 from InWin, it just missed the mark and even as cool as I think it looks, I have to say that for near $85 once shipping is involved, there are many better cases out there to attract your money than this mid-tower from InWin.
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