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In Win Dragon Slayer MicroATX Mini Tower PC Case Review
|Manufacturer:||IN-WIN Development Inc.|
|Date:||Mon, Aug 30, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
The Dragon Slayer from In Win is a very nice little case. The metal mesh front and side panels give it a nice look and allow for good air flow. With the Dragon Slayer falling in the $75-100 range it’s got a fair amount of cases to compete with. Unlike most mini towers in its price range the Dragon Slayer has more cooling, can accommodate larger coolers and has the 5th expansion slot that most mini towers don't have. The other side of that coin is that when most are looking at a mini tower they are looking for a small case; with the Dragon Slayer being more like a super mini tower the border line mid tower size may be a turn off for some.
The Dragon Slayer can accommodate video cards up to 12.6", has two 140mm fans, space for 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives and different combinations thereof. The drive bays are also tool-less. The side panel can hold four additional 120mm fans. With a little time and planning I think there is room in the Dragon Slayer for a pair of 140mm radiators for water cooling. That is a lot of parts stuffed into a case classified as a mini tower.
As many upsides the Dragon Slayer has there are a couple downsides. Even though there is room for up to 4 hard drives in the Dragon Slayer that may not be enough for some users. For a LAN rig I would think the Dragon Slayer has more than enough storage space. Also the fact that the lower drive bay will have to pushed to the front slightly may be annoying to some that take a drive in and out a lot. Even though they are tool-less, it is a little work to get the drive out. The next thing I thought was a little weak was the expansion card hold downs. The hold downs allow for a little slop and the card can move. This may not be bad for lighter video cards, but for the bigger, heavier cards it may be an issue during transportation of the system. The upside is that In Win also made the Dragon Slayer so that you can use it the old fashion way and hold the cards in with case screws. The main thing I disliked about the Dragon Slayer was how bright the logo was when the system is powered up. In a lit room it was bright, even brighter with the light off.
Overall I am happy with the Dragon Slayer. In win did a good job giving it a different look without being tacky. It has good air flow out of the box with the ability to add in more. Currently our shopping link has the In Win Dragon Slayer for $95 shipped and I was able to find it on Newegg for $79.99 plus shipping. For that you get one feature-rich mini tower case.
Legit Bottom Line: The In Win Dragon Slayer is a feature-rich MicroATX mini tower that is easy on the eyes, easy to work with and at $80 can be had for a very reasonable price.
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Page 1 - In Win Dragon Slayer Mini Tower
Page 2 - In Win Dragon Slayer Packing
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Inside the Dragon Slayer
Page 5 - Installing Parts into the Dragon Slayer
Page 6 - Conclusion and Final Thoughts