The Bottom Line
Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Sentey is a company that has been around for a while now, and with such a huge selection of cases, it would take us quite some time to see and review them all, but we have had our fair share of them along the way. The thing is, while most of what we have seen in the past, this latest chassis lacks anything to do with any of them aside from the Sentey name being present on the front of this chassis. While it will not take you long to recall that this chassis resembles the BitFenix Prodigy design, sans the handles, when it came to even BitFenix offering their Micro-ATX version, even they did not lay it out like you will find in this new case.
While many users out there are migrating from huge full towers to something more space conscious, it is silly for any company out there trying to compete not to attempt to offer their own take on a cube style case, and this is exactly what Sentey is doing. With a lot of options out there in the SFF chassis scene, Sentey has the cards stacked against them before they even got started with this design, but to stay relevant, you have to do this sort of chassis, even if you are late to the game.
With no further ado, we would like to introduce the Sentey SS6-2440, from their Slim series of cases. While they have set it into that series, don't get any preconceived notions, as this chassis may be squat in size, but it is in no way a slim design in our mind. As we addressed, this Micro-ATX tower design is more along the lines of the Prodigy, yet is still able to offer room for anything you could want inside of the chassis, while keeping with a horizontal motherboard tray. Without giving too much away up front, it is now we ask you to continue on and see just what Sentey has going on with the SS6-2440, and figure out if this is the next case for your space saving ideas of grandeur.
With the SS6-2440, Sentey is sure to provide every ounce of information they can in their charts. We see the name is the model number as well as also being the part number to keep things simple, and we see it also comes with a one-year warranty. As for its structure, we find that this chassis is classified as a Micro-ATX tower that comes in white. There is also a black version, but it is named the SS6-2441. This chassis is made from SGOC steel and ABS plastic and will house Micro-ATX, FlexATX, Mini-DTX, ITX, or a Mini-ITX motherboard. The power supply is located in the rear at the bottom, there is 320mm of room for a video card or two, and offers 150mm for CPU coolers as well. We also see that there is water cooling support, a motherboard tray, and there are options for basic wire management.
We covered the color already, but we did not get to the 15mm feet under it. The side panels are solid and do not offer a window, but they also cover the "grid" at the top, which we assume is what they are calling the design of the plastic there, there is no LCD display, but the panels do use thumbscrews. In the next section, we see there is a single external 5.25" bay as well as a single 3.5" bay, but internally there is room for two 3.5" drives, a single 2.5" drive, and at the back, they offer four expansion slots. The last bit of the left column then shows us that there is one USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HD Audio jacks, and a card reader installed into the front I/O panel.
Moving over to the right hand column, we are first shown the cooling options. There is a 120mm LED fan in the front of the chassis, but the sides, top, and bottom do not offer any cooling options, which leaves us with just a 120mm fan in the back as the cooling options in a nutshell. We are then given the dimensions of this chassis where we find it to be listed as 345mm high, 265mm wide, 385mm deep, and weighs in empty at 4.3 kilograms. The last bit that the chart has to offer for us is to let us know that there is an included dust filter at the bottom of the chassis to keep the PSU nice and clean.
Funnily enough at the time of writing, when it comes to locating this chassis, we find references of it inside of the US, but no actual listings at any of our favorite haunts. Even with the limited availability, one look at the product page and we are made aware of the MSRP for this design. We are happy to say that they are listing this chassis for only $59.99. They even have a list of where to buy their cases inside of the US, with three pages of companies, but no matter which we checked of the lesser known companies, or even the big name e-tailers, we are finding nowhere that currently stocks this chassis. Other than trying your luck on eBay, if you want this chassis and are inside of the US, you may need the help of a friend overseas to actually obtain this chassis at this point, and once shipping gets involved with that concept, we would guess the price would be near double by the time you got your hands on the SS6-2440, which is a shame, as we know many would like this chassis.
The packaging is kept simple with red and black printing on plain cardboard, but they do a fine job of detailing things out. Along with the company name and logo, the rendering of the chassis, and product naming at the bottom, they also list five features off to the left, and to the right, we see this is in the Slim series and that it offers USB 3.0.
The next panel to the right has the Sentey name and logo at the top, offers a handle to lug the box around, and also tells us that this is the SS6-2440 glossy white version.
As we get to the back, we find a lot of the same information we saw on the front. However, this time, the larger rendering is done with the panels off the chassis, and they also show six images at the bottom to point out features, and what they look like.
The last external panel gives us all the naming at the top, but this time also offers another rendering of the chassis and in text form at the bottom, we are given a condensed listing of the specifications.
The top and front of the chassis are shipped with a protective layer to protect the gloss finish, and then the entire chassis is wrapped in the plastic liner. Outside of that, we find thick Styrofoam covering the top and bottom, and there is also a piece of high density foam placed over the front panel as added assurance that this product will show up at your door in great shape as this one did for us.
Sentey SS6-2440 Micro-ATX Tower Chassis
Looking at the front of the SS6-2440, we are staring into a glossy white front bezel. The top is rounded and smoothed over as it wraps around to the top panel, but down the face, we can see the pair of bay covers as well as the thick black stripe that starts vertical and angles to the right. Below that, we find a mesh panel that has angles as well to match the black accent line.
That black line continues along the top, and again angles to the right, but this time the mesh that follows it is just for show with no real purpose. In front of the accent line, there is a power and reset button off to the left, and to the right is the card reader slots, a USB 3.0 port, and USB 2.0 ports to either side of the HD Audio jacks.
As we make it to the left side of the chassis, we are greeted with a solid white panel. No bumps, no windows, nothing really exciting here, but we do wish that the painted parts matched the white offered in the plastic components.
The back of the SS6-2440 offers thumbscrews on both sides as well as to remove the top panel. In the black steel area, we find the rear exhaust above the rear I/O, with water cooling grommets and four expansion slots to the right. The lower section is vented to the left, but to the right is where the PSU will go.
As we move around to the right side of the chassis, we see it resembles the left side very much. The only change here is that the black accent line can be seen at the top as it rolls the edge of that panel.
Under the chassis, we find it is supported with large round feet that are rubber on the bottom. There are some structural bends seen here, but the main thing here is the removable dust filter placed under the PSU.
Inside the SS6-2440
After removing the panels, we can get a great look inside of this chassis. Without windows, the wiring is just left hanging from the top and is dropped through the access hole in the motherboard tray, and is also where we find the back of paperwork and hardware.
In the front of the SS6-2440, we are given one optical bay, one 3.5" bay below it, and also a single 2.5" bay with a red tray that slides said drive in and out of the steel cage.
The thicker bit of steel is the motherboard tray that cuts the air flow of the front LED fan in half so some goes above it and below it. The cage we see beneath the tray is for a pair of 3.5" drives, it is riveted into the chassis, and is why there is a PSU length limitation.
Here we have the motherboard tray in its entirety. There is a large access hole just in case you have to swap coolers after the board is in place, there are a couple of wire management holes, and it even offers four wire tie points to help maintain wiring from just flopping around and getting caught up in other components.
The back of the chassis, above the motherboard tray is where we find the second fan, but this time it is not LED lit when powered. We also see that there are three break out expansion slot covers, and the first of them is removed. Mounting for these slots is then handled externally under the removable cover.
Still at the back of the chassis, but this time under the motherboard tray, we find the location for the PSU. There are rubber feet to support it, but keep in mind, you have to think small when it comes to the PSU to fit both the unit in through this opening, and leaving room for the wiring before you run into the HDD rack.
We didn't figure you needed a view of the motherboard tray from this side of the chassis, so we just zoomed in on the bays again. This time it is to show you that there is a tool-free lock installed for the ODD bay, so screws are not mandatory for mounting it.
The chassis wiring is the full rainbow of colors, and without a window it doesn't really matter, although there is no added cost to provide them in black. It covers everything from the switch and LED wiring, on through the card reader single USB connection, USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections, as well as the one for HD Audio.
The front bezel of the chassis pops right off by tugging at the bottom of it, and we can see this is how you access the front fan and slide in the drives up top. The bezel offers a spring loaded door for the ODD bay, and it appears that the mesh is removable to clean it.
The top is also removable, but there are just wiring holes offered at the front, and is why we say the top venting is more for show that real purpose. Also, all of the wiring is connected to the top panel, so if you plan to remove it, do it before wiring the chassis internally.
Accessories and Documentation
In the large bag found inside of the chassis, we are given two bags of screws and such. There is a bag of M3 screws for the various drives, and to the right are 6-32 screws to be used for the PSU and the motherboard installation.
Also in the kit is one replaceable expansion slot cover, in case you do not use the missing one in the chassis. We are also given two zip ties for wiring, and a motherboard post speaker to help with diagnosing any issues you may run into trying to post the system.
There is also this boldly colored quick manual for the SS6-2440, and as shown on the lower part, this also works for the SS4-2430 and the SS6-2441 cases.
This is exactly all of what the quick guide contains. Basically there is nothing inside of this guide that we could not see on the packaging. While everything inside is pretty straight forward in this design, a little help here would go a long way for novice builders.
Sentey was also sure to include information about what is and what is not covered in their one-year warranty period. If you do have questions or need to RMA the chassis, that information as to where to go is listed at the bottom.
Case Build and Finished Product
Without an ODD and a need for a 3.5" card reader since this chassis already offers that, when we got finished with the build, we are left with the front of the chassis looking identical to when we started fresh out of the box.
We did have to opt for our smaller PSU, as our 850 Watt version was too long to even slide in without cables attached. The upper section offers a view of the wiring from the top of the chassis, but the view is mostly blocked by the view of the video card.
We really had no issues to speak of when it comes to the PSU, video card, or rear I/O alignment, it all fits right into place. Also some of the 6-32 screws can be used for the video cards, but the removable panel also holds our card in securely enough that we didn't bother with screws for it.
The view from this side is mostly of the CPU cooler we chose to try to stuff into this case. Even with it mounted to the motherboard first, it all slid onto the motherboard tray without a hassle. The lower section is then left wide open to allow wiring to be bundled there, and again without a window, it doesn't have to be very tidy down there either.
If we hadn't shown you the images leading up to this one, you could just have easily thought we took this image way earlier, but rest assured, even though it looks exactly as it came out of the box, it is indeed full of hardware.
Powering the SS6-2440, we find that the power button has a ring around it that glows blue, and the LEDs in the front fan are also blue. Aside from the lighting though, when this chassis is powered and 12V supplied to the front and rear fans, we were getting a 37 dB rating for the noise at this time.
Of course, it is hard to not associate this chassis with the BitFenix Prodigy that started this rounded SFF style of cases, but Sentey was also able to develop on that looks much different yet attractive on the outside, and still able to offer a horizontal motherboard tray internally.
There is plenty of space for all the drives you would need to run such a system, and even while we saw no need for the red bits, without any windows, nobody will ever notice if your parts do not match them. We also found the chassis to be solid, and even with all of the racks and bays being riveted in place, it isn't that hard to come up with the right hardware to fit the limitations imposed in this Micro-ATX tower design.
There are a few complaints we need to address, though. One and most importantly is the color mismatch of the steel bits from the plastic ones; this is just something that a lot of people will not deal with at all. Secondly, we do wish there was some modularity to this design. While there was enough room to get in everything we needed, if the lower HDD rack came out, you could use a normal PSU and even think about custom water cooling, even though only a single 120mm radiator is able to be put in as is. If the HDD rack came out, you would also have the option for another single radiator in the front as well though. Outside of those small issues, we really are out of things that really bothered us enough to discuss.
One thing we did notice in the photos, is that you do always have the option for the SS6-2441, or the all black version of this chassis, and from what we can tell the colors match well in that offering. Everything else that this version of the chassis offers you will find in the black version, so there will be no surprises. While we do think that the asking price of $59.99 is well worth the investment, there comes the problem of availability. As much as you may like this chassis, even if you want to opt for the black version, we are having a really tough time locating them on this side of the pond, and that has to be the biggest hurdle currently for this chassis, as Sentey did a nice job with this design, but being near impossible to obtain makes all the effort sort of moot at this stage.
If you can find one though, we would definitely advise this chassis for those looking to house a lot of power in a much smaller foot print.
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||93%|
The Bottom Line: Sentey might be a little late to the game with this style of chassis, but they prove that they are able to offer a very well laid out design. We just wish they were more readily available so that the rest of the US could enjoy this SS6-2440 Micro-ATX tower chassis.
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