While we did enjoy cycling through the LED lighting, playing with the modes and color options, we soon got bored of it and realized we liked the solid color options better. The fans do help the flood the interior with colored light, but the five LEDs on the shroud only help to add points of light on the top and bottom edges of the acrylic window. We would have much rather just had a Rosewill logo we could see through the window if the shroud needed lighting at all.
Beyond that, we are dealing with a modified older design. While it may be cheaper for the company to adjust tooling rather than to replace it, we feel this layout and what the inside of the case has to offer is a bit behind the times. Great for builders or beginners, but the Orbit-Z1 is not a case that will continue to adapt to your needs as many other similarly priced cases do.
The fan speed control switches are nice and delivered 24 dB in low, 29 dB in medium, and 40 dB in high modes, with just the pair of installed fans being measured. We feel the SSD locations are conveniently hidden, but the proximity to the motherboard tray does not leave much room for powering the devices, as many PSUs do not have the wires at the end of the connection, but rather from the side. We were shorted a screw for the HDD cages, which means one of the hard drives could vibrate inside of the case, there are break out slots, not enough screws for a card and the extra slot cover, and not enough room for radiators in our opinion. As you can see, the lights and fan switches only got us so far. We are finding many more reasons why not to appreciate the Orbit-Z1 than we are ones to persuade you that this is the case of your desires.
What kicks the Orbit-Z1 down has to be the MSRP. As we mentioned earlier, just the case, without all the fancy do-dads is worth maybe $40. Add in two fans, a PSU shroud, and some low-range RGB LED lighting without any motherboard connectivity support, we cannot see the reason to pay the additional $60 to get to the $99.99 MSRP. With a market flooded as deeply as mid-tower cases is, you have to be on the top of the trends and desires of the masses to succeed there. Rosewill's Orbit-Z1 is just not enough to deliver the goods at this price, plain and simple. If you find this case on sale in the $65 to $75 range, by all means, try it out, but at nearly $100, the competition killed this case before it ever left the factory.
Thankfully, upon introduction, Newegg offering the Orbit-Z1 at $79.99 will make some itchy to click on the "buy" button, and at that price, we are more behind recommending it. It's still a tad rich for our blood, but we can see many liking it anyway and giving it a try.
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)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||81%|
The Bottom Line: If this were five years ago, the Orbit-Z1 would be all the rage. However, at $100 normally, Rosewill has a lot of work to do before this case is worthy of that number! Hopefully you grab one soon before the introductory price wears off, otherwise wait for a sale to take place.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Rosewill Orbit-Z1 Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Orbit-Z1]
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