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BitFenix Pandora Window Micro-ATX Slim-Tower Chassis Review

BitFenix Pandora Window Micro-ATX Slim-Tower Chassis Review
BitFenix offers a slimmed down Micro-ATX chassis design, and something completely outside of the box when it comes to the design of the new Pandora case.
By: Chad Sebring | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 3:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Introduction, Specifications and Pricing




Thinking back to our last run of cases from BitFenix, we must have played catch up that whole month, and it seems like we had ten cases at once. The reason we had such an abundance was to show off color combinations, window options, and even various versions of BitFenix's very famous Prodigy chassis, some with new interiors, and others with new names and new exteriors. BitFenix has always been about offering up unusual designs aesthetically, trying new things in interior design, and they have been able to build their success without pillaging the wallets of their customers.


We have you here today because BitFenix has done it again. The exterior of this new chassis is something they have never tried, and I can only think of one other chassis that did something similar. Along with an all new exterior, they have also raised the level in material choices with large sections of brushed aluminum to help this new chassis fit into any environment, classy or otherwise. They have also opted to build this tower with a slim design, and being more of a midi-tower in concept, there is not a ton of interior space, so a complete reimagining of the layout was necessary. Soon we will see how all these changes and so many thoughts from outside of the norm come together in BitFenix's latest release.


Since we are looking at the Pandora chassis from BitFenix, we should note there are four versions of this design. So, as you look around the internet, you will see both the Pandora, and Pandora Window, but you will also find both models listed as Pandora Core units. The major difference here is that the Core does not come with the customizable ICON display, but a little more on that bit later. Actually, we have likely already said too much, so let's just dive right into the specifications so we can get one step closer to seeing what this Pandora Window chassis is all about.


In the chart BitFenix provides, we see that the Pandora is made of aluminum, steel, and some of it is plastic. There are two ways to get this chassis as well. One version has anodized black panels on the sides, and the rest of the chassis is also black. Or, you get the version we have, with the majority of the chassis still black, and the aluminum side panels that curve around the front that are left in their natural state. This design will only allow for Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX motherboards due to the fact that the chassis is 160mm wide, 420mm from front to back, and stands 465mm in height.




The last little bit is more of a cool bonus, but we love its use in this design. In the center of the bezel, near the top, BitFenix places a 2.4" TFT screen with a 240 X 320 resolution ICON display. This, by default, allows for a white illuminated logo to appear when the system is powered, but there is also some software you can download and install to add any image you wish, as long as it is sized to fit the screen.


In and around the chassis, you will find locations to install two 3.5" drives. You could also opt to install up to three 2.5" drives in various locations throughout the chassis. As for an optical drive bay, there is nothing in the conventional sense, nor is there anything offered for a slot load drive. However, there is a pair of fans installed in this chassis - one in the top, and one in the front. Both locations will also allow for a second fan to be added, and while the top is very close to the motherboard, with the right components chosen, it is entirely possible to hang a watercooling unit in the front.


In the back there are five expansion slots, and at the bottom there is room for a normal PS2 ATX power supply, and it is recommended to stay under 180mm. The last bit on the list we haven't addressed is the front I/O panel. It has a large power and reset button that surrounds a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and also offers a pair of 3.5mm jacks for HD audio connectivity.


When it comes to shopping for the Pandora, we suggest you look around before clicking on "buy it now." On Amazon, depending on the chassis version, you will find prices listed from $166 for what you are about to see, all the way up to $226 for the black version with a window. As we look around at other sources for this chassis, we find that the Core models of the Pandora start at $119.99, and that is with a window; if you want the solid side panel, you can save a few more dollars.


As for the Pandora with ICON display and a window, the initial Amazon listing we spoke of is close to the $139.99 average we are finding elsewhere if you want the one we have to show you today. Considering the fact that there is so much aluminum in this design, adding in the ICON display, as well as new tooling needed to produce this interior, the pricing seen for the Pandora is not all that bad at all.



PRICING: You can find the BitFenix Pandora Core 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 Pandora Core (Windowless/Silver) retails for $126.00 at Amazon, the Pandora Core (Windowless/Black) retails for $126.00 at Amazon, the Pandora Core(Window/Silver) retails for $137.00 at Amazon, and the Pandora Core (Window/Black) retails for $143.00 at Amazon.


PRICING: You can find the BitFenix Pandora 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 Pandora (Windowless/Silver) retails for $148.00 at Amazon, the Pandora (Windowless/Black) retails for $148.00 at Amazon, the Pandora (Window/Silver) retails for $166.00 at Amazon, and the Pandora (Window/Black) retails for $160.00 at Amazon.

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