Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Rosewill's Orbit-Z1 is an RGB mid-tower chassis is aesthetically pleasing from the front, the LED lighting options are kind of cool to watch and look at, but behind that is an updated aging design. What could be virtually equated as a chassis for builders has been all dolled up, as well as taken on a price bump, for Rosewill to deliver the Orbit-Z1 as you are about to see it.
In the specifications, we see that Rosewill defines the Orbit-Z1 as a black mid-tower chassis, which is made of steel and plastic. The chassis will house Mini-ITX Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards, although only the last two are shown as compatible. The Orbit-Z1 does offer a clear window in the left side panel. On the top of the chassis is the front I/O panel consisting of two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, HD Audio jacks, an LED button, two fan control switches, a power button, and a reset button. The Orbit is 198mm wide, it is 470mm tall, it is 445mm deep, and all told, weighs in at slightly more than eleven pounds.
Inside of the case, we find that there are no 5.25" bays in the case, which also means the bezel is solid. There is a pair of 3.5" drive bays in a cage, but they do not use removable trays. When it comes to locations for 2.5" drives, there are two, which are found on the motherboard tray. In the back of the case, there are seven expansion slots, and six of them break away for use, but there is a single replaceable cover sent in the box.
Cooling is somewhat limited in the Orbit-Z1. The front of the case has room for a pair of 120mm fans, none are installed there, but there is room for water cooling in this area. The top of the case can use a 120mm or 140mm fan, but as it is shipped, there is a 120mm RGB fan present in this location. The rear of the case also has an RGB 120mm fan in place, and no options for 140mm fan mounting. The PSU shroud also offers a pair of locations for 120mm fans, but they have to be installed on top, hardware allowing.
You are asked to shell out $99.99 for this case. The reality is, we feel that this is a $40 case with fancy fans, some switches, a decorative front bezel, and some RGB LED lighting. In our mind, we do not see how that deserves another $60 in cost. One plus to the whole thing is that currently it is listed at Newegg for $79.99, which may be the saving grace, but we will let you decide after we show you what the Orbit-Z1 is all about.
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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