With this being our introduction to Honbontec, HBT+, or whatever you prefer to call them, they certainly chose a stellar case for us to see first. We cruised through their previous designs and were sort of "meh" with what we saw, but the Gravity 6 puts them on a whole new level of chassis design.
The aluminum cladding on the outside is much nicer to look at than steel, and the angular design and strips of ventilation deliver a sleek, simplistic, yet attractive appearance. The only thing that stands out in our mind with its looks and outward appearance is that we do wish the side window was not tinted so dark. Even with half of the tint, it would still have kept the dark and mysterious look, but the view of all of the hardware inside would have been drastically increased. Of course, this darkness can be overcome; you just need to invest in some form of chassis lighting, whether LED fans, LED strips, or CCFL lighting. One other thing we almost forgot is that we do also wish there was a PSU dust filter included with the Gravity 6.
Inside of the Gravity 6, we are also left with very little to complain about. We appreciate the lack of ODD bay and mucking up the external appearance of it, and the HDD trays are also great. Their ability to be moved up or down in the interior is a nice touch, but if you need more storage compatibility, we did not see anywhere currently listing extra drive trays. The PSU cover is not plain and is the only place in the entire design where any naming is found at all. The hidden drive trays are convenient, the 34mm of room behind the motherboard tray is deeper than most, the multitude of wire management options, and the inclusion of an eight fan PWM hub is also top notch.
Then, of course, there is also plenty of room for additional cooling, of which it does not lack out of the box, and you could also install a pair of 360mm radiators without them conflicting with each other or the motherboard.
Since it is only the tint level of the side window and the lack of a PSU dust filter as something, we felt the need to pick on the Gravity 6 for, which says tons about its build quality, feature set, and aesthetics. There are many places that HBT+ could have taken a wrong turn, and they simply didn't. This sleek and aggressive looking aluminum-clad chassis are even offered with a reasonable price, which just makes everything about the Gravity 6 that much better.
As long as you are willing to shop for the best deal to be had, the current $109.99 listing, in our opinion is not asking too much for this case at all. While we do tend to prefer mid-towers priced at $99.99 and to come fully loaded, the Gravity 6 mid-tower is the exception to that rule. Even without a PSU dust filter and we found the window to be a bit dark for our liking, many will gravitate to this chassis, and is likely why it was called the HBT+ Gravity 6 in the first place.
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)
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||86%|
|Value for Money||94%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: HBT+'s Gravity 6 is mastery in the form of a mid-tower chassis! While it does lack a dust filter at the bottom, the looks, styling, build quality, layout , and features show that Honbontec left nothing on the table; it is all right here in this case.
PRICING: You can find the Honbontec Gravity 6 Mid-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Honbontec Gravity 6 Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $110 at Amazon.
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