InWin's Gaming Black 707 leaves us with mixed feelings. We really like the external aesthetics and the use of brushed aluminum, and all of that black being broken up with bold red strips makes us like it even more. The chassis is feature rich, with its tool-free options for the ODD bays, removable HDD cages, and loads of places for water cooling and optional fans. Even the front I/O panel is well appointed, and with the power off to the side, there will no longer be accidental shut downs. We like that the chassis is nearly silent with readings of 29dB to the side of the intake and 35dB at the exhaust. We also like the handy door that cleanly closes off the hidden bays, the tinted window, and the opaque InWin name. With no real issues during the build to complain loudly about, you may ask what could be wrong.
Despite everything we liked about this case, there were a few sticky points that we have a hard time overlooking, especially in today's market. Cost cannot be the reason why the cables in this chassis are not black, and we see no love shown with a rainbow assortment of some wires and beige used for others. It's great that InWin offers grommets, but why bother when the wiring you offer looks this gross? The theme is black and red in this chassis, and while you cannot see them through the window, there is a shock factor when you open things to see the theme killed so obviously. Digging in the parts bin from yester-year for the pins used in the ODD bays was also fairly silly. We also think there should be rubber pads on the feet in the holes mode; the screeching this chassis made on the glass top would send chills down your spine. While there are options to improve the fans, the pair of intake fans only cools the HDD bays. The rest of the cage and wall design does not allow much, if any, of that air into the chassis; the air is just blocked. As shipped, the fan setup allowed temperatures to get a bit for such a large chassis.
To be honest, we just expected more from InWin. Though much of the case is aesthetically pleasing, it is hard to accept that the designers can miss all of these little things. Considering the full retail price for this chassis, we feel that there are other cases out there that can and will suit your needs a little better than the 707 will. Finding it closer to $100 as we did does lessen the blow, and for that amount of money, it will be hard to find many cases that look this good on the outside.
While we do wish that they would have presented a few things differently, this chassis is a fine pick for the masses. For the enthusiasts out there: get your Dremmel ready, and have some fun. One thing we definitely recommend with this purchase is to grab another 140mm fan to provide the main section of the chassis with some airflow behind the HDD bays. Other than that, InWin does do a pretty good job, just not as good as we have seen from them in the past.
PRICING: You can find the InWin 707 Gaming Black 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 InWin 707 Gaming Black retails for $130.00 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||83%|
|Value for Money||81%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||84%|
The Bottom Line: InWin's 707 is aesthetically very pleasing and there is value to be had when buying it. Just in today's market, we feel this chassis is still a few years behind when it comes to the fine points and touches.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [InWin Gaming Black 707 Full-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Gaming Black 707]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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