The Skyline leaves me a bit torn. I like the concept and styling of the chassis, but Raidmax didn't sell me fully on it. Just simply painting the interior would have even sold the idea. The streamlined looks and bold accents are nice, but with the large window, the piano black exterior is almost lost looking at all the coated steel. I liked that the chassis was mostly tool-less. The drive bay locks worked really well, but I can't say the same for the expansion card locks, they are flimsy at best. Lastly, getting the panels on and off was quite a chore, but they do lock in place very solidly once they do go on, and this kept any vibrations at bay once under power.
Powering up the Skyline, I really expected it to be quite noisy, but to my surprise it really isn't. Feeling around the chassis, the fans are a bit impeded by the various meshes and grates, but still make for very effective air flow and circulation. The front of the chassis is slotted and well ventilated to allow the 120mm fan in front of the hard drives to feed the chassis, and also allows air flow coming in an easier time trying to equalize this negative pressure set up. The three other 120mm fans in the chassis are set to exhaust out the top and the rear well overpower what the intake and doors 80mm fan can provide to compensate, so any extra air coming in through the front is greatly appreciated to keep ambient inside low.
The Raidmax Skyline with a window and blue LEDs is an eye catching mid tower chassis, and could be right at home almost anywhere. The price of the chassis doesn't hurt things either. With low pricing like $69.99 at Newegg plus shipping, I feel Raidmax offers quite a bit for your dollar. There are cheaper chassis', but they don't carry this art-deco theme and classy look. While some parts don't work out all that well, and I did just a bit of damage to my thumb, Raidmax offers solutions to the expansion slot issue simply by adding screws.
The Skyline from Raidmax is attractive, simple and easy to use. If you need an attractive addition to house a rig in and don't want to break the bank doing it, have a look at one of the four variations of the Skyline.
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