Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Upon receiving our email request to look at this chassis was when we became aware of Anidees. As such, we feel we need to explain a bit about who they are. The naming of the company was started with the words "an idea," made pluralized, and then changed slightly for a European feel by using a German spelling using an "idee" spelling over the English spelling. This naming stems from the idea that Anidees is able to take on the ideas from the masses of users out there, and with some simple, elegant and quality designs, Anidees is set to deliver what the market is requesting most.
Surfing around the Anidees website to get a feel for what it is that they do, we saw many cases and that they also offer USB charger devices too. There are a few of the chassis designs which resemble each other, but they do provide a cubist, dual chamber, ATX layout, as well as a couple of cases that look similar to what Corsair has offered, as far as external styling is concerned. In all of the designs, we could see their trio of simple, yet elegant designs, and by the looks of things, we see no issues with the quality of the products being offered either. This leads us to the next evolution that case designs have been tinkering with over the last few years; glass. While a few offerings have come with glass side panels, we have not yet seen it used as a front bezel material outside of the InWin 805, and even there, the layout externally does not compare to how Anidees delivers it.
The Anidees AI Crystal chassis which we are bringing to you today follows all of the things we discussed. You can see that Anidees is no slouch, and they are delivering products which are solid, sturdy, clean, simplistic in appearance, and also exude elegance with the aesthetic treatment this line of cases has achieved. Don't go thinking it is a plain Jane design fancied up with a bit of tempered glass either; Anidees is not that sort of company. With what you are about to see, it is easy to tell that Anidees and specifically this AI Crystal mid-tower chassis has all of the latest and greatest in chassis design. Showing their ability to give the customer what they want, with a fair bit of style involved, and at a price, anyone can appreciate.
As of this moment, the AI Crystal chassis come with one color option, solid black paint accompanied by light smoky glass panels. The chassis is made of steel with small bits and the front bezel made of ABS plastic. As for the glass on either side or what we find on the face of the AI Crystal, it is all 5mm in thickness and is tempered for strength. All told, the AI Crystal stands 497mm tall and is nearly as deep at 475mm. This chassis is slim at 216mm of width, and sitting empty it weighs in at 24 pounds.
Inside of the chassis, you will find a layout accommodating either a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, or even an Extended-ATX motherboard, as long as it fits within EEB standards. We find that there are no internal or external 5.25" bays in this design, allowing the tempered glass panel on the front to be solid from top to bottom. There are three 3.5" bays, but they are low in the chassis and are hidden, only accessible from the right side of the chassis. There are also three trays specific to 2.5" drives, and as like the others, are hidden, and found running under the CPU cooler access hole, behind the motherboard tray. As far as connectivity is concerned, all of the wiring is black, and covers the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HD Audio, and even has a 4-pin Molex to power the three-step fan controller. The last thing we will discuss with the internal design is that this AI Crystal offers seven expansion slots at the back.
The cooling system that comes along with this Anidees chassis is pretty comprehensive. In the front of the chassis, there are three 140mm fans installed. These can spin at over 3000 RPM, and are also LED lit with white bulbs. If 140mm fans are not what you need for your build, you can also opt to us 120mm fans in the front as well. The rear of the chassis also sports a 140mm white LED fan just like the ones we found in the front, and can also house a 120mm fan here is desired. The top of the chassis is also able to deliver cooling opportunities and is shown to have room for two 140mm fans or a trio of 120mm fans. Water cooling support is not as generous as the fan specifications but is still capable of a lot. The front of the chassis can house a 360mm or 280mm radiator as it maximums, and the top of the chassis offers the same. Then, of course, you can still use the single 120mm of 140mm radiators to be held in the back.
While there are restrictions listed for certain things, we hardly consider them as restrictions for the CPU cooler and video card sizing. As to the video cards, you can get up to 410mm of card across the middle of this chassis, and at the same time, there is room for 175mm worth of CPU cooler as well. The other two limits to this chassis are found with the water cooling. At the top of the chassis, the combination of fans and radiator can only be 60mm in thickness, due to the top of the motherboard. As for the front of the chassis, you are limited to 63mm, but this time limited by the PSU cover plate.
Looking around for this chassis, we see it in a lot of places which are more than willing to take your money. While the chassis was released with an MSRP of $149.99 inside of the US, there are deals to be had. You could venture over to Amazon and find the AI Crystal listed at $139.90, and it is with free shipping. That is not that bad of a deal as it sits, but when we looked at Newegg, we found an even better deal to be had. There, you will locate the Anidees AI Crystal with a price of $129.99. The only issue here is that we saw a $21 shipping notation added, as the chassis is shipped directly from the manufacturer. In the end, Amazon is the best deal to be had and to be blunt, with what the Anidees AI Crystal mid-tower chassis delivers, people will be lining up with money in hand, waiting to get one of their very own at this price.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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