For every single reason we liked what the original offered, we feel that the D-Frame Mini has all of those likes included too. The thing is though, the drive mounting got better in our opinion, and upgrading to a dual fan bracket rather than using two singles is a stroke of genius as it is now ready for water cooling right out of the box, unlike the original. Also, in this design, while there are many bars to use as a handle on the big version, this time it is turned correctly for comfort, and is even textured to ensure you do not lose your grip on it. A huge selling point beyond an open air design though, is that it really does not matter which side of the chassis ends up sitting on the table, if it works for you and the cooling is sufficient, who are we to tell you that you have it wrong, and that is a huge success in these designs in our opinion.
Being hand built, and improving things as they did, we did realize that even being much smaller than the original, it would not come cheap, but you have to admit, it is a one of a kind show piece, work of art, sign of deep pockets, whatever you want to call it, even if not for you personally, deep down you are appreciating what this chassis can do, and what InWin is doing as it changes what people think about open air cases. With three color choices, we do like this black with red accents the best, and wish our larger version had this option now. With new panel mounting for the glass and a unique idea of what a Mini-ITX tower can be, InWin definitely has everyone's attention.
While they may only have your attention for the minute or so it takes to look this chassis up on the internet and see its $300 price tag, it is then that the elitists are separated from the enthusiasts. Of course, anyone can own this chassis and have a backdrop to some really awesome mini-ITX based systems in it, but this is for those with really high-end gear that is worth the money to put it into a chassis that is more like a display case for your favorite signed memorabilia, or how light bulbs highlight artwork on the wall.
When entering a room, the D-Frame Mini will be grabbing all the attention and comments to follow. Perfect for LANs, perfect for the gamer on the go, perfect for those that travel and need a little more horsepower than a laptop will offer, or for those who just want to sit and admire it, we feel there is nothing stronger on the market, nothing with the amount of airflow potential, and even without chassis fans, things are cool and comfortable behind the glass. Of course, if InWin sold these hand built D-Frame Mini cases for less, we are sure manufacturing would have to suffer, and nobody wants that, you want this beauty that InWin is showing us now.
PRICING: You can find the InWin D-Frame Mini 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 D-Frame Mini retails for $288.99 at Amazon.
Australia: The InWin D-Frame Mini retails for $299 at PLE Computers.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||79%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: While the D-Frame Mini from InWin is pricey to obtain, in the realm of mini-ITX tower cases, there is nothing this strong, nothing this openly designed and so universal in usage. A true display chassis for those super high-end systems.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [InWin D-Frame Mini Mini-ITX Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the D-Frame Mini]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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