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Rosewill Himars Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 2:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: Rosewill

Final Thoughts

 

On the outside, the look is simple, with mostly just body lines from the steel components coming together. There is the angular design of the front bezel to help dress things up slightly, but it is outside of something we would use on a day to day basis. We like the option to use ODD bay devices, but here again, we feel the pop-out panels in the bezel could have had better flow to their design.

 

We do like the removable lower section of the bezel, exposing the tilt-out HDD rack. The hot-swappable feature of those four bays is also a great option and cuts down on the need to even have to remove the doors. The only issue with it is that there is no dust filter, and the mesh is too open to trap any dust, which will leave you on cleaning duty much more than in many other cases. We do like that there is a dust filter under the PSU, but its fit is sloppy and tends to slide out of the frame too easily. The dust filter on the top is a nice touch to cover the venting in the panel but is mostly there for show.

 

 

Inside of the chassis, we found the layout to be archaic in its design, harking back to the days of the late nineties, when innovation and features were in their infancy. We miss a PSU cover in the Himars, the cooling is not that good, the holes for wire management are too small, and the chassis has a feel of less than optimal no matter which aspect we are addressing. Even though the airflow is lackluster on the inside, it does lend to the low noise levels heard outside of the Himars, and that is a plus to many.

 

If you are beginning to see a pattern here, so are we. It seems that for whatever reason we like things in the Himars, there seem to be just as many minor issues, maybe even more, that we end up picking apart the Himars for.

 

While $59.99 isn't all that bad of a price point, we did find links to previous sales which sold this case at just $39.99. To be honest, we do feel that near $60 is a bit too much for a chassis left in the past, hoping that hot swap, tilt-out hard drive access is going to carry it, though. If you can catch this chassis for $40 or less, we feel you are getting what you pay for at that price. While not a total loss to everyone looking for a mid-tower case, the Himars does not deliver enough in its current price range, and the old-school look is something that most customers today would probably love to leave in the past.

 

 

Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance82%
Quality including Design and Build85%
General Features84%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money60%
Overall TweakTown Rating79%

The Bottom Line: Not a complete failure, and not exactly expensive, the Himars from Rosewill just squeaks by. The design is too retro for our tastes, and the handiness of the HDD bays is not enough to put the Himars over the top to get our full recommendation.

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