On the lighter side of the Meteor XR, we do like the attempt to class it up a notch by molding the plastic front bezel with a brushed metal finish for starters. It is by no means a metal replacement, but it's better than an expanse of slightly textured plastic like we see on everything else. The tempered glass panel, while thin and only chemically tempered, lacks tint to block our view, and is painted around the edge to block our view of the metal components. On top of that fact, the grommets used on the glass panel wrap around both sides of the glass rather than staying with the standoff. They hold the glass in place, without screws, much more securely than any other glass side panel using this sort of mounting. The chassis is near silent, it is built well, it has a customizable interior, and for some, the addition of an HDMI port into the front I/O panel is an important point too.
With the good, does come the bad with the Meteor XR cases. For starters, we feel the accent is wasted, as most users would have the innards in view to them, and would likely see none of the accents in daily use. Secondly, in this stripe, we find the intake to be sad. The holes are tiny, very little air flows through them, and when the Meteor XR is powered, you can even hear the wind whine as it tries to squeeze into the front of the case. With the intake done in the manner it is, we were in no immediate danger of throttling anything in the chassis, but thermal results were significantly higher than in most other mid-tower cases. What got us the most though, is the VR HDMI cable setup. It is great that the front I/O panel include this feature, but after it was installed in the panel, nobody at Rosewill seemed to care what happened. To wire this connection, you have to run the cable across the motherboard, through the knockout just above the GPU, and see is in plain view. Would have a hole in the back of the chassis, behind the motherboard tray, not have been a much more elegant solution if you are asking us to power things externally? At this point, the design is getting long in the tooth, and for the fifth version of a chassis, we feel we shouldn't be running into such issues.
Some may fall in love with this chassis at first site, and getting past the plastic front made to look like something it obviously is not, we knew the internal layout, and the feature set should carry the Meteor XR through to the end, and still get our recommendation. However, the Meteor XR costs $79.99, which is not the best price for this chassis type, and at the same time, Rosewill has limited the airflow so much, they may as well have just cut it off altogether. While we understand that sometimes you have to do the bare minimum to get by with adding a feature such as a VR port, but we feel with one more hole in the chassis, it could have been so much better. In the end, $80 is not that much to pay for a customizable mid-tower chassis with tempered glass. In this instance, we do not feel that the last of a long line of similar cases is even close to the best solution, and unless you plan to modify the front of the chassis for better airflow, you better have the AC jacked, or the heat turned low. The Meteor XR might just be aptly named, as a meteor is a hot burning mass, and the inside of this chassis is hot, not yet on fire, but it is likely you may not want to deal with either of them in real life.
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)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The Meteor XR is fair to look at, it is solid, it is affordable, yet at the same time Rosewill floundered! The lack of chassis airflow, the way the HDMI adapter is implemented, and the fact that we have seen this case too many times already lowers the value of what could have been a success.
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