Specifications, Availability and PricingSpecifications, Availability and PricingCooler Master makes several different versions for their CSX line. Not only are there different paint schemes, but some are available on different cases as well. The Medusa that we are looking at today is only available on the Cosmos case and is a limited production model. Only 300 of this design will be created and each case has a number painted on it, such as 101 of 300. Cooler Master is starting to price some of the CSX products aggressively; some of the more basic designs have been lowered in price from 899 U.S. Dollars all the way down to 499. If you figure in that the standard case from Cooler Master is going to set you back between 150 to 200 Dollars, the price premium for the Smooth Creations master piece is only around 300 Dollars. I have dabbled into using automotive paints before and am even currently in the process of painting the fairings of my dedicated race bike and helmet and can say that the amount of time it takes to get a high quality finish is worth 300 Dollars, easily. And that is before you factor in purchasing the paints, reducers, primers, spray guns, compressor and items needed for buffing. Mid way through every paint product I have worked on, I always say to myself, "Next time I am going to send this stuff off to someone and just pay them to do it!"The Medusa case we are looking at today has an MSRP price of 1299 but is currently on sale at the CSX Store for 1099.00 U.S. Dollars. When looking around online, I was able to find the case for just a hair over 900, so you may be able to find the exact case you are looking for a little cheaper through other e-tailers, but this largely depends on what model you are searching for.
PackagingThe PackageCooler Master has increased the amount of protection for the CSX case products over the standard flagship packaging. This was achieved by double boxing the case. The outer box is around three inches larger than the standard case box and hard foam was added between the inner and outer box. The inner box is the standard Cosmos packaging. The outer box is a plain brown box that gives no indication of the contents inside and is void of labels. This is actually a nice security feature since you really don't want to advertise a 1200 Dollar product nestled inside the package. A good example is if the package were to be left outside your door by a shipping company when you are not at home.
The Cooler Master MedusaThe Cooler Master Medusa
It's all in the DetailsIt's all in the Details
Going the Extra MileGoing the Extra Mile
DocumentationDocumentation I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the T-shirt. Cooler Master is taking the limited edition status of the CSX cases to another level by documenting the exclusivity with even more swag.
Final ThoughtsFinal ThoughtsThe Cooler Master CSX products are not for everyone, but I am sure you will be hard pressed to find an enthusiast who could walk away from a viewing disappointed. For years enthusiasts have dreamed of making a custom case to show off their speedy system; some have managed to build a case they are truly proud of and many have learned just how difficult it is to make such a creation. Once you figure in the amount of time it takes to build a master piece, the cost of the CSX cases start to look more reasonable. With entry level products starting out just under 500 Dollars and going up to 1300, it takes a special kind of enthusiast to even consider something from the CSX line-up. Only you know if you are one of those people who lust after such a remarkable collectors piece to house your personal super computer. Those who frequently attend LAN parties may find the case to be perfect for these events and you might even win a prize or two since many LANs send judges around rating case appearances. The real story to the CSX line is the quality of craftsmanship of the products. Smooth Creations and Cooler Master have gone to great lengths to bring these products to market. Many companies have displayed similar products and never put forth the resources or effort to make a successful product line or even sell a single product. Cooler Master has shown that they are committed to continue making and selling CSX products and are even moving into items that are outside of the PC realm. If you crave a unique piece of hardware to make you stand out from the crowd, take a few moments to look through the Cooler Master CSX store and see what is available. At the time of writing, many items such as power supplies and monitors still are listed as coming soon. Notebooks and Nintendo products are already listed and options are available; it will be interesting to see what Cooler Master and Smooth Creations come up with next.
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