BitFenix Shinobi Window Case ReviewWed, Jun 15, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts on the BitFenix Shinobi Window MidTower
BitFenix’s goal with the Shinobi Window was to address the budget minded gamer and provide a lot of high end features in a mid tower case. In my opinion they pulled this off brilliantly by packing thoughtful features and only making modest compromises. The fit and finish is fabulous and the case has a very solid feel with the exception of the fairly thin side panels. The soft touch finish gives the case a bit of class and combined with the nice recessed vent lines really makes a statement. Look out high priced PC case manufacturers, there is a new sheriff in town and he is gunning for you.
There are still a few areas that could be improved such as the length of the cables for the I/O panel to make installation a little easier. The fan filters need a better way to be held in place as I found I just chucked the two from the bottom after they fell off multiple times. I guess this is one area they had to cut corners to make budget and if I was going to cut a corner, this is a great place to do it. These few misses are easily made up for by the depth of features BitFenix put into this case, I am really impressed with what you get for $69.00.
The primary competitors for the BitFenix Shinobi Window:
- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel $54.44
- NZXT Apollo Black $59.99
- LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K57W Black $64.99
- ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black $69.99
- NZXT Apollo Chassis $69.99
- Thermaltake SopranoRS VG7000BWS Black $61.36
At a MSRP of $69.00 (direct from BitFenix ) this case can easily run with the competition and would lead the pack for my hard earned dollars. I have a new go to case when my friends ask about the best bang for the buck in a mid tower design.
Legit Bottom Line: The BitFeix Shinobi is a fantastic PC case for the budget minded gamer that wants great looks combined with user friendly features without breaking the bank.