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Cougar Panzer G Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 2)

By Shannon Robb from Jun 10, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: Cougar

Packaging

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Cougar does not waste money on a color box that will find its way to the bin once your build is finished. It is a standard brown box that survived the rigors of shipping quite well with only minor accordion effect on the edges and a few small cuts likely from rough travel with other packages. The front of the box offers an opaque view of how you can expect the Panzer G to look like.

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Moving to the first of the thinner sides of the packaging, we see an inverse or line drawing of the chassis similar to what we saw on the primary side. This side, however, carries a one-year warranty sticker which is relevant to note. A one-year warranty is not something to shout from the hilltops about as it's about standard for many CE products and many brands for chassis offer two years or even higher warranty.

Below all of this we have a stuck on decal listing product name, and some weight and other carton details. Moving to the lower section, we have the name immediately followed by a basic spec table similar as we had in the article previously.

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The rear or other large side of the box we have a semi-exploded and detailed view of the Panzer G case. Here we see the three fans pulled in front of the glass panel, and I am guessing to illustrate that the three included fans are indeed preinstalled in the front.

Also, we get line drawings of the main chamber and rear cable management sections to give us a pretty accurate description of the layout. Lastly would be a multi-language description of a few key marketing points such as the four sides tempered glass, triple GPU fitment and eight fan mounts along with radiator support.

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The final side of the rectangular box is, of course, another thin side. This one once again mirrors the opposing side except for the white label which that location now houses three bar codes for UPC, EAN, and JAN. for those unaware, the UPS is a universal standard for product number symbology while EAN is the European standard and JAN is the Japanese version. To most this doesn't matter but I figure since I mentioned it, I may as well answer the question instead of any of you having to Google it.

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When removing the Panzer G from the packaging, we were greeted by one of the better foam solutions for securing a chassis. This is a squishier closed cell foam similar to something like a polyethylene vs. the harder polystyrene. You will know the difference as polystyrene tends to break if force is applied whereas the polyethylene will be far more malleable which I have had more luck with less abrasion from package vibration in transit.

Once again, probably not necessary to explain that but if you see something like this, you know the company had some care in material selection and not merely BOM reduction to save every penny. This gets some points from me as this is far less likely to leave any run abrasions or marring on your PC should you need to repack it to move it somewhere. Beyond the foam, there is also the plastic bag the chassis is wrapped in which adds another sacrificial layer should your case have a rough time in transit to you. Then on top of all of that, every tempered glass panel is wrapped in plastic.

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Speaking of the plastic sheeting on the tempered glass panels. Here you can see it on the tempered glass, which I think is excellent for the exterior. However, Cougar made probably one of my pet peeve lists, and that's having plastic on the inside and outside of the glass. This means if you want optimal clarity on your case you have to remove the top and front panels to peel both sides, which is not a huge deal more just annoying since the panels do not need to be removed for installation of components.

To many, this will likely be a non-issue, but I feel it would be very advantageous to users to not have to pull these panels as you can risk stripping the knurled nuts form the plastic panels when reinstalling the screws as they are not always the smoothest fit. The last point of the film is the internals of the chassis which the side panels are film covered on both sides which means even if the accessory box or cabling gets loose its less likely to scratch the panel.

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