Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
As we all know, the basic premise of Rosewill as a company is to find products that sell very well for other manufacturers and to develop similar products from them. In doing so, the master plan is to add something the others have not, possibly reduce the price in the process, or products can sometimes be identical, with just a minor aesthetic change or two. The reason we bring this up is that to date if our memory is serving us adequately, today will be the fifth time we have seen this chassis design in some form or fashion.
One look at the interior of Rosewill's latest submission and our mind immediately experienced déjà vu. Going back through the masses of reviews we have done in the past, we find that the concept is taken from cases like the Aerocool P7-C0, the Raidmax Alpha and Sigma cases, and we even found this interior in Rosewill's Gram. On the exterior, all of these cases are drastically different aesthetically, they range in price from $60 to $97, and a couple of them offer tempered glass, while the other two have standard plastic windows in the steel panel. We know that Rosewill can quickly change the exterior look of the chassis, and they could add tempered glass, which they have, but the competition here is stiff.
All of this brings us to the Rosewill Meteor XR and Meteor XR Plus cases. Attempting to improve on the Gram, and at the same time trying to offer more bang for the buck than any of the other three versions, Rosewill is giving it a go again. Many of the things which you are about to see are the same as we have seen many times before, but there is one addition which Rosewill thinks will take this chassis into the latest generation of features, but is it worth the hassle? Stick with us as we rehash much of what you are about to see, and find out if the additions and changes made to the Meteor XR cases are enough to detract you from buying any of the aforementioned cases, which are nearly identical in almost every way.
In the chart supplied to us by Rosewill, we see the specifications chart for the Meteor XR Plus, but there is only one change made between the chassis we are looking at, and what we find in this chart. The Meteor XR is a mid-tower chassis which is black on black, while the Meteor XR Plus is black on the outside and some of the inside. However, the motherboard tray and PSU cover are both white in the Meteor XR Plus. The frame and most of the components are made of steel, ABS plastic is used for the bezel, the feet, and HDD trays, and we find chemically tempered glass on the left side of the chassis, which is 3mm in thickness. Both of the Meteor XR cases are 8.27" wide, they are 19.26" tall, they are 17.25" deep, and weigh in at 15.6 pounds empty.
The bezel has a removable cover to accommodate the single 5.25" bay on the inside, and this drive is removable by removing four screws. Under the PSU cover are a pair of 3.5" drive trays which are contained in a removable metal cage. This is also why the chart shows zero as a possibility. As for 2.5" drive locations, the HDD bays can be used, and behind the motherboard tray are a pair of trays to use too. These trays can also be moved from behind the motherboard to the top of the PSU cover. In the back of the chassis, there are seven expansion slots, but the covers are break-out style. In the I/O panel, we are given a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of HD Audio jacks, and what is noted as a VGA port is an HDMI port to support VR users.
Where cooling is concerned, the Meteor XR has quite a few options. While a single 120mm fan is installed in the front, and a 120mm red LED fan is found in the back of the chassis, there are options to fill from there. The front of the chassis will take on three 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans. The top of the chassis is the same, and like the front can also be used to support AIOs and custom loop components, as long as they are thin. At the back of the chassis, you could use this area for water cooling support, but there is not an option to step up to 140mm here.
Already refreshing out memory on the prices of all other cases we have seen with similar setups, we have a ballpark of where the Meteor XR should come into the mix. The Meteor XR is not the most affordable of the group, nor is it the most expensive. With the MSRP for both the Meteor XR and Meteor XR Plus priced identically at $79.99, this chassis falls right smack in the middle of the pack, and we get an HDMI port on the front of the chassis. We feel that on paper, the price is right where it should be, considering the features and specifications it offers, but let's find out how it all works in real life scenarios, and see if the Meteor XR is the leader of the pack of five.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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