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Danger Den Q20 Black Series Shadow Acrylic Chassis Review (Page 9)

By Chad Sebring from Dec 28, 2011 @ 23:48 CST
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Danger Den

Final Thoughts

For a beginner, the Q20 may be a bit daunting at first glance, but kudos goes to Danger Den with their step by step, simple to follow instructions. If you can read and turn a screw driver, there is no reason anyone shouldn't be able to assemble this. Taking that one step further, as long as you only take what you need at the moment from the hardware bags, the parts are always labeled as you go through the build, making things that much easier for you. I already looked at the Black 21 which is the same basic idea in case building, and I have to say that the Q20 went together much smoother and it seemed the alignment of the panels while building the Q20 were less of an issue as I remember with the Black 21. With this build I wasn't constantly loosening the screws every time I added a new component during the build, and that alone keeps the frustration levels down. So not only can the beginner handle this chassis, but it's something the advanced users can really appreciate, even the assembly.

To be honest, I only had one issue which was easily remedied with a Dremmel, and I have one thing I would have liked in a case such as this. I really would have liked a bit of an offset behind the tray before the clear panel. This would allow users to wire back here instead of blocking the view through the left side of the chassis. As my "extras" pile got better, a modular PSU and a spare water cooling loop were on hand to make this build top notch and utilize the chassis for what it was meant to be, a true showcase of the components inside. If I had the room, extra components and a shelf sturdy enough, I would assemble a build in here and set it on my wall like a trophy. I almost feel bad running this rig as I know the dust in my house will start to invade as soon as I power it up. Even after the build and running the rig for testing, the acrylic still held a charge and will attract dust to the outside even if it is just sitting there, so keep in mind this chassis will require a lot of maintenance to keep it in "show ready" status as you see it in these images.

Availability is limited, as these chassis' are made to order as you select the options for your specific build. That inst to say they don't have a bunch of parts already cut and ready to go, but custom grills or any fancy etching you may want will take a bit of time to produce, and is why Danger Den states it may take ten days to ship, giving them time to accomplish what you require of them to customize your chassis. Options are endless really; you can add a company name, an image of your dog, your favorite Transformer or Thundercat, or even a tribal design like a tramp stamp if that is what you are into.

When you sit back and think of the pricing, as mine was shipped it's near $300; you wouldn't expect to have to assemble the chassis, but I found that building the case was a lot of fun and gives you a much better feeling with the hardware installed, that you not only built a really clean rig inside, but you built the entire thing! - Once completed, you are left with a very user specific chassis that looks terrific completed and raises the level of the components inside as it displays your components like an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, visible from all directions, and something that will make your friends and LAN event kills very green with envy. For those still interested in obtaining your own, visit the Danger Den Store, as they are the only place to buy the $269.99 Q20 chassis.


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