Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When we consider all of the InWin cases we have seen over the past few years, we realize there are really only two types of cases they have produced. Initially, InWin put forward cases that are best described as cases for kids since they featured loads of plastic bits and simple interiors. These cases didn't really offer much to the masses. Then you have the flip side of that token, InWin's long lineup of hand-built masterpieces, where they break the mold of traditional design and offer cases that are just as much art as they are functional places to mount a PC. There hasn't really been much of a grey area between these two types of InWin cases. So far, InWin cases have been either top tier or things we would likely pass up. Well, that is until today.
Today we are going to have a look at a traditionally designed chassis from InWin. When we say "traditionally designed," we mean the chassis is square, and not way off the curve. Externally, the chassis features high-end materials. The front of this case is brushed aluminum, offers hidden external drive bays, and is completely surrounded by a ring of red that carries over onto the sides of this chassis as well. There is also a tinted window in the left side, and room for a fan to cool the back of the motherboard in the right side. Internally, InWin has taken space to the maximum. Not only will this full-tower design easily house an E-ATX motherboard, but it is also loaded with water cooling options, and room for thicker radiators as well.
In this review, we will be getting our first look at an InWin chassis designed to meet the middle ground of the chassis market, the 707 full-tower chassis. The 707 is sleek and sexy on the outside with a black and red theme. There is even an opaque imprinting of the InWin name in the left side panel. If black and red is not your thing, or maybe you are just looking for something with silence at the forefront of the design, there is in fact a Silent White 707, which drops the side window and features sound deadening materials. If you are going to jump into this market that's already packed with full-tower choices as InWin has done, you may as well double down and cover both ends of the spectrum with this design.
So, what does all this mean to you as the reader? Well, stick around and find out what InWin did right or wrong with the 707. InWin's 707 could be the chassis you have been looking for.
We received the Gaming Black version of the InWin 707 for testing, and although it is shown to be a full-tower design, it feels more like a super-tower. The Gaming Black 707 is mainly comprised of SECC steel that is painted with textured black paint. There are bits of ABS plastic used for the feet, the bezel, and some of the tool-free hardware; but the front of the bezel is dressed in black brushed aluminum. There are three external 5.25" bays behind a door in the bezel. On the inside, just below, there is a rack of eight HDD trays that is broken into two sections of cage. Any normal ATX PSU up to 220mm in length will fit, and there are rails on the floor to support the PSU. Along with the support of Micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX motherboards, we also find support for eight expansion slots in the back. Even if you do opt to remove the HDD cages entirely, there is a steel plate that will always restrict GPU length to 365mm.
Our chassis shipped with a pair of 140mm fans in the front of the chassis, and a third LED version 140mm fan hanging in the back as the exhaust. The optional fan placement is up to par with what the market offers today; the right side of the chassis can house a fan to cool the CPU socket, the top can hold three 120mm fans, and even there is room for a pair of fans in the floor. The nice thing about this design is that the top and bottom of the chassis are both prepared for water cooling. The front of the chassis could be prepared for water cooling as well, but the HDD rack would make water cooling tough without some customization. The water cooling assembly can be 64mm at the top of the chassis, and on the floor, after pulling the lower HDD cage, there is room for 58mm of water cooling gear.
The InWin 707 has been out on the market for some time now, but we are currently playing catch-up with a stack of cases that has been calling our name for a while now. Online pricing does fluctuate depending on where you look, as every listing is different. We did find the 707 Gaming Black version on Amazon.com, and it was selling directly from InWin, but the price is set to $145.65 there. The other five listings we found were all cheaper, and cheapest listing is currently at Newegg.com where the same 707 is listed for $99.99 with $9.99 more required to ship it. With that sort of pricing in play, the bar is a bit lowered for a full-tower. However, we know what InWin is capable of producing, so we expect a bit more from them when it comes to a "regular" chassis design. We feel the price is definitely justified on paper, but let's dig in and see exactly what we get in the Gaming Black InWin 707.
PRICING: You can find the InWin 707 Gaming Black for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The InWin 707 Gaming Black retails for $130.00 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [InWin Gaming Black 707 Full-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Gaming Black 707]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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