The In Win 101 brings many things to the table that buyers will appreciate. The aesthetics are clean and sleek, the clear plastic section on the face of it is backlit (RGB backlit for the 101C), and who does not like tempered glass on the side of their chassis. The pull tabs on the left panel make getting inside of the chassis simple, and even with thumbscrews used on the right side, In Win has removed the issue of flat steel panels aligning with tabs and locks as many others have. The interior is spacious for such a small mid-tower, the PSU at the top helps with airflow, and since there are no fans preinstalled, the amount of cooling and noise from it can be defined by the user, and you aren't stuck with loud or insufficient fans already in the chassis. We like the hidden drive trays, the wire management is sufficient for most builds, and with three locations to choose from for 120mm cooling options, including AIOs, we feel the In Win 101 is a solid candidate for your hard-earned dollars.
We did run across a couple of things we would have done differently though. First is the way in which the rear I/O cover locks into place. In Win likely saved five cents not using a top and bottom stop plate in this area, and to our recollection, this is the first chassis we have seen where all four sides of the cover are not locked into the chassis. It is not a huge deal breaker, but with the cover allowed to move up and down, when placing the motherboard inside, you will have to jockey the plate to align it with the motherboard. The second thing is the lack of 140mm fan support. While we can fit a 280mm radiator on the floor of the chassis, there are no screw holes to secure it completely. We feel this is a missed opportunity for In Win and the 101. If you do not plan to move the chassis around, you can do like we did and align two of the screws to secure it, and with limited mounting, vibration was not an issue for us.
With all of that being said, we feel that the pros outweigh the cons in this chassis. In Win has put much thought into the design, and has delivered on many of the latest and greatest features too. We have a chassis with a lot of room inside for all of the components that need to be there, with plenty of room for custom water cooling or AIO support. What takes the In Win 101 from an average chassis to one that will make many out there pine to get on for themselves is the cost though. Consider the fact that you get a chassis the covers the wants and desires of the masses, but costs just $69.99. Even if you wish to opt for RGB LED illumination of the front panel, it will only cost you $10 more to add that feature. The math is right on a chassis such as this, it just comes down to personal tastes, but for us, the In Win 101 Mid-Tower Chassis is worth a look, as it will likely win you over for your next build.
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 In Win 101 is retro in its layout, but packed with the latest trends! The chassis is sleek and affordable, with plenty of room for most hardware to rest comfortably. While it does ship without a single fan, we still see little reason not to get this mid-tower chassis.
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