While the InWin 805 is similar in design, the main issue with that design when compared to something like the AI Crystal, the aluminum front I/O panel of the 805 may not be what people are after. Anidees AI Crystal does look very similar externally, but moving the I/O panel to the top leaves a sleek and sexy looking chassis to stare back at you.
Opting for the dark smoky tinting used in this chassis makes only the brightest of LEDs visible inside of the chassis, yet at the same time, always offering a reflectivity to the chassis as well. While the dust filter on top is mostly to keep things out of the chassis or keep things from damaging a radiator or fan blade, it is a sleek way to cover up all of the mounting holes, and being magnetic makes its removal as simple as possible. The front I/O panel is loaded with connectivity, and even offers a fan switch connected to a five-fan hub, it shows Anidees has what it takes, and we are still outside of the chassis at this point.
Inside of the chassis, there is one large vast expanse of space, with no bays or anything to muck up the works. Room for water cooling, room for Extended ATX motherboards, room for video cards up to 410mm in length, room for CPU coolers 175mm in height, every aspect of the interior is laid out with the most modularity possible within the constraints of a mid-tower case. The PSU cover at the bottom looks nice for starters but also offers room for just about any PSU to go in, and even delivers a pair of 3.5" mounting bays there too. Slightly above this area, behind the motherboard tray, hidden from view, you can also drop SSDs into a tray and hang them here.
The wiring is black, so it blends in well, and the plastic cover off to the right does clean up the look of the 24-pin, and SATA cables run from under it. From beginning to end with this chassis, we loved what we saw initially as we took it out of the box, and that feeling was never lost throughout the build or in its usage. While we do wish we were given specifications for the fan hub, for now, we would not be overloading it with more fans that it shows it can power, as we would hate to cause an issue with daisy-chaining fans on them to find out. Also along the same lines, audible the chassis does well. When in the Low setting on the switch, the chassis fans are almost inaudible, measuring only 23dB at this point. We did test that the fans stopped and S mode, and they do, but we also found the AI Crystal to only be 36dB when the fans were at full speed in the Highest setting.
Just going off the MSRP, $149.99 is a lot to ask for the average mid-tower chassis. However, you can save yourself some of the expense by going to Amazon, saving ten dollars right out of the gate, but you need to get some perspective to appreciate this pricing too. First of all, there is the layout, which is one of the best out there. Then you have to consider the feature set, and the AI Crystal delivers in every aspect, and is a chassis that can change based on your needs, so you only have to spend once. Then, once you factor in what a lot of other tempered glass cases are costing people to own them, you soon realize using, protecting, and delivering something that looks this good does not come at pennies on the dollar.
The AI Crystal from Anidees may be the sleekest mid-tower we have ever seen. Externally it delivers a mysterious darkened reflective property, yet allows just enough light to escape to be attractive, yet not flood the room with lighting. Internally, Anidees shows that they not only have a solid build quality to the construction but with the options possible in this offering, Anidees, and this AI Crystal mid-tower chassis has jumped right to the top of our list of highly recommended mid-tower cases.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: It's slick in appearance, roomy and unencumbered inside, yet still provides room for almost anyone's needs! The Anidees Ai Crystal is one of the best mid-tower cases we have seen to date, and is completely capable of bringing simple elegance to your next build.
PRICING: You can find the Anidees AI Crystal Mid-Tower Chassis 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 Anidees AI Crystal Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $140 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Anidees AI Crystal Mid-Tower Chassis retails for £130 at Amazon UK.
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