Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Considering all of the cases we have seen from BitFenix over the years, we thought we had a pretty good handle on what BitFenix was all about; but today we found out that BitFenix is expanding their horizons yet again. We know that all BitFenix cases come with a rubberized front, and while some designs are more standard, they have been known to bend the rules of case design as well. BitFenix also offers all of the extra doodads like LED light strips, sleeved cables, and sleeved cable PSUs. BitFenix has even offered cases with color options for the smaller mesh inserts, which allowed customers to pick and choose custom parts to suit their build.
With all of that in mind, where is the next logical step? Well, the fact that we were sent three different versions of the same chassis to give you an idea of its possibilities seems to answer that question. BitFenix has delivered a chassis based on a mid-tower design that has a few options to consider when purchasing. The chassis comes in white or black, and it also offers a windowed or windowless option, but the kicker here is that the front bezel is mostly mesh. This allows BitFenix to play around with many color choices to grab the attention of potential customers. On the BitFenix website, you will see black, white, red, blue, and what appears to be silver, as color options for these mesh panels. But it gets better: our samples have a couple more options to choose from as well.
While this chassis does fall into the realm of a system builder's case, or the economical mid-tower that it is, there is still something to be had inside as well. Unlike our last sample from BitFenix, this isn't just a dressed up an old case. This chassis offers a completely different interior, which is made for systems that people use today, and shows that BitFenix does have what it takes to give us a competitive chassis at a great price point.
Even if mid-towers are not your thing, we think after seeing what the Neos mid-tower chassis is all about, you will also see that this is a drastic change from the mundane chassis that still sits very fresh in our minds.
The outside of the Neos is made of steel, and ABS plastic for the front bezel. In the bezel there are covers for two 5.25" bays; the chassis actually has three, but the wiring is routed in the first one. Lower on the panel is more of the same mesh that covers the bays, and it is enough to cover the two 120mm fans behind it. The mesh also sports a black BitFenix logo near the bottom. The top of the chassis offers no ventilation, and neither do the side panels. However, with the side panels you have the option of getting a flat solid version, or one with a window that shows off the components and not the bays. Around the back of the chassis there are a couple of grommets in holes for external water cooling potential, the only fan supplied with the chassis, and seven PCI slots with knock-out covers.
Inside of the chassis there are tool-free mechanisms on the left side of the optical drive bays, while the right side requires screws to secure them. Under these bays there is a thinner storage rack that houses three 2.5" drives with plastic trays, and screws for mounting them. At the bottom there are three more drive trays, this time expandable trays. Because the trays are expandable, they can get around the 3.5" drives that go into that rack. The motherboard tray has built-in standoffs, and will house Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, or ATX motherboards, while still offering some wire management as well.
The chassis also offers room in the front for a pair of 120mm fans, but they are not supplied at this price point. There are dust filters on the front of the chassis, as well as under the PSU in the floor. The last thing to cover here is that the front I/O panel offers a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and HD Audio connections, outside of the buttons and lights for the chassis.
Availability of the Neos in many of its forms is high, so finding one is definitely not an issue. Pricing is affordable, but it does vary depending only on the window option, it seems all color options are the same price, no matter its configuration. For the plain version without a window, in either black or white, we see the price ranging from just north of $50, to the $60 range, depending on where you are shopping. Across all stores though, it seems if you wish to buy one with a window in the left side panel, the cost only increases by $9 for that option. So, at this point, the real problem is personal to every reader that ends up liking this chassis. What colors will you choose to give it that personal touch?
PRICING: You can find the BitFenix Neos 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 BitFenix Neos (Black/Black, no window) retails for $59.98 at Amazon.