While we did run into some issues in this design, one could be a one off example where the PSU tray was deformed in just this instance and not something that every chassis would see. Thing about this is the guy who put it into the chassis had to know something was up, as it was forced in and very tough to remove. Considering the rest of the chassis has no damage to mention, we hope this isn't something plaguing every chassis. As for the USB 3.0 issue, that is more because of the parts we use to test. Some motherboards have that header on the right side and not across the bottom, and as long as you choose parts wisely, the fan blocking the USB 3.0 header can be remedied.
Our major obstacle with this design is the PSU. There isn't a way to vent through the front of the chassis, so we put the fan facing the motherboard. Well, in this setup, even if the fan were to be flipped around to the front, the fans in the bottom were just cycling its waste. This also led to slightly warmer thermal results inside of this chassis than we expected with the chimney-like flow of air this chassis is supposed to offer.
It is hard to deny the sleek look of the brushed aluminum, the curved front wrapping around the top and bottom, and the side panels offering the same curve at the bottom of them. The Legacy MX2-B is definitely unique and attractive on the outside. As we moved inside, while a slot load optical drive is not something everyone owns, three HDD bays and an SSD bay were plenty of room for our storage needs. While most CPU tower style coolers may wreak havoc on closing the side panel, there is room for an AIO on the floor, or even a 140mm version hung from the top. In the end, the biggest thing to keep in mind with the Legacy MX2-B is that this is not a chassis you simply migrate your gear into; there is a lot of planning and shopping for just the right parts to complete this build. That puts this chassis into a more niche group of users, since the more novice builders won't pay attention to all the limitations and offerings the Legacy MX2-B limits you to.
With availability high, it is the price that also adds to the niche market we find the MX2-B to be in. Near $200 for a mid-tower chassis is a tough pill to swallow, and we feel that this chassis, while stunning in its looks and compact design, is pricing itself right out of many potential customers' hands. Unless you have the need for this specific chassis, or are just a sucker for brushed aluminum, compact, and silent cases that will likely be for only one build, then by all means go and grab one.
At this price, even taking into consideration the tooling, R&D, and uniqueness against the masses of cases on the market, it just does not offer that longevity people want at this price range, and with the limitations imposed, this isn't really for the power users either. For the office, or a more professional environment where this will be on display, and you need an elegant way to surf the net and answer emails, this may be right up your alley. Given a little more thought into the design, and some minor tweaks, we could really back this chassis, but as it sits, we just don't see it.
PRICING: You can find the Rosewill Legacy MX2-B for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Rosewill Legacy MX2-B retails for $199.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Legacy MX2-B]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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