As much as we would like to have said we think the Master M400 from Micronics is something you should own, we then run into a wall of things we found that did not satisfy us. Starting at the front, we see the optical bay window just weird, and the fact that amber tinted windows darken lower in the bezel, the LED light from the fans is also just as strange. The side venting on the bezel is insufficient, and leaves the chassis sucking a shake through a straw to get any air inside of it.
We would rather that the PSU cover not have any openings in the left side of it, we wish the HDD cage was removable and had they opted for not ODD bays at all, they could list 140mm fans and a 280mm radiator being supported in the front of the case. The lack of wire management holes in critical areas is a bit of a downer, that and the fact that all of the grommets fall out of the holes just by looking at them, does not bode well either. The aesthetics are hit or miss for us as well. While we do like the glossy front to an extent, and who doesn't like tempered glass panels, but the odd dog bone shape seems like nobody could figure out how to blend the front I/O with the rest of the chassis, and just threw something together.
That is not to say that the chassis is a complete waste of time, and Micronics got close to delivering something we might use. The room inside is nice, the fans are a brilliant choice to add a bit of bling to the chassis, and overall, it is not horrible looking, it is just not to our tastes. Aside from having to fiddle with the GPU more than we liked to get it installed, the build process is smooth and uncomplicated, at least until it comes to tidying up the wires. Sadly, though, this is a design that for every good thing we find in the chassis, there is another thing that we find about it, that leaves us with a feeling of "meh." The bottom line is that, even if you were to replace the fans, the ventilation is hindered by design, the compatibility of larger coolers is limited, and once the glass is off the chassis, there is a feeling of "cheapness" that we couldn't shake.
Even though the Micronics Master M400 is an affordable solution, we would rather pay another $30 or so, and step into a realm of cases that are thought out with much more scrutiny. Micronics tried pretty hard, delivering many of the current trends in cases. Adding in a vertical GPU mount, using tempered glass, installing a PSU cover, even introducing a flood of interior lighting from the choice of fans are all good things to have. If they are inside a chassis that cannot breathe, the wire management is sub-par, and grommets are always in need of refitting, what is the point. At just $76 for the glossy version, we would hope that the mesh version for ten dollars less may solve the airflow issue, but we have no way of telling for sure. At the heart of what we are trying to say, is that for us, we are going to pass on the Micronics Master M400 with the glossy front bezel, and we would suggest you do the same.
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)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||76%|
The Bottom Line: We can see that Micronics is on the right path, but if they want our hard earned dollars, they need to address some issues first. This is a chassis for beginners, who like style over function, but would eventually be replaced with something better, so why bother with it in the first place!
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