There is a lot to like with this design. The angular exterior and the shiny plastic bits do add a lot of style to what could have been a rather boxy looking chassis. We also liked that even with the fan controller at full roll, the most we ever heard from the Aegis was 31 dB of noise, and that is just from the back - the front and sides are very near silent. The window offers a great view of the innards, and with quite a bit of fan options and water cooling support, this is a chassis you can have a bit of fun with building up something most would assume should never fit in such a confined chassis.
However, this does not mean that this chassis does not have its fair share of issues. First and likely most important is the failure of the TFT screen in the front. We are pretty sure at this point after looking at things that there was an internal short with the unit. The wiring looked fine and was connected properly, and a short would explain why it worked for about all of five seconds, before we could no longer get it to function in the slightest.
We also feel that with a normal sized PSU, and wanting cooling in the front of the chassis are both things anyone will want to do. The fact that in doing so, you are left with no choice but to peel out all of the 3.5" drive locations is an oversight in our opinion, and could be a deal killer to some.
At this point, we are left underwhelmed with this chassis. While it does look really good, and if you don't mind a complete lack of cooling potential, leaving your gear to stew in their juices, the layout isn't so bad. The thing is though, reality then sets in and we ran into things like faulty parts, having to remove needed parts, and the fact that you have very limited room for wire management, they seemed to have made it halfway up the hill they had to climb, and just gave up.
With the cost considered to obtain this chassis, we honestly cannot advise going this route, as you have to give up too much, and it seems that quality control is going downhill, not just for BitFenix, but other case designs sourced from China as well. If it were up to us to make the final decision on your purchase of this chassis in any color, as long as you have no storage needs, maybe, but if it were our hard earned $119, we would definitely pass.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||60%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||60%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||72%|
The Bottom Line: It's attractive, and for a small case, it has a lot of features. However, the Aegis doesn't seem that well thought out in basic design, and the fact that quality control is poor just makes the $119 pricing that much harder to justify.
PRICING: You can find the BitFenix Aegis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The BitFenix Aegis retails for $119 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The BitFenix Aegis retails for £62 at Amazon UK.
Australia: The BitFenix Aegis retails for $169 AUD at PLE Computers.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [BitFenix Aegis Micro-ATX Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Aegis]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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