Corsair Carbide Series 400R Case ReviewMon, Aug 22, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
A few months ago I was able to review the Corsair Graphite series 600T white mid-tower case. There are so many great things about this big mid-tower case, but the $172 price tag might deflect some PC builders and gamers to use this case to showcase their system. So when the Corsair Carbide Series 400R showed up at my door I was very curious to see what it was all about at its MSRP of $99. The sub-$100 case market is huge, so if Corsair could deliver a great looking and performing case at this price point it would be sure to shake up the market.
Corsair simply nailed it with the Carbide Series 400R mid-tower case. The first thing I noticed taking this steel case out of the box was it is fairly light at under 16 pounds! It was very sturdy and I didn’t feel like I was going to be breaking plastic parts while reviewing the case. The elegant sleek design may escape you are first look but it is certainly there. It may take the first time for you to see the PC turned on to see how well it works with the white LED lights provided on the front panels and front case fans. Sure it only comes with three fan to start but if you are feeling creative you can have up to ten to create a wind tunnel in your Corsair Carbide Series 400R. Of course the Corsair Hydro Series can provide liquid cooling or if you’d like it is compatible with other brands. The options are abundant options for cooling just like there is an abundance of space and wire management in this mid-tower. Any builder I think would like working with the Corsair Graphite Series 400R.
There are a couple of little things I’d like to see in the case that aren’t there. I think the rear fan should also have a white LED to light up the rest of the mid-tower. Since there are so many cooling options for this case, if one decided to go liquid cooling than there should be an optional windowed primary side panel available for purchase. Some people like to show off the insides! Lastly, I’d like to see some thing a little different like
the white LED lights in stead of blue or red. I know that might be some nit-picking but there really wasn’t too much to dislike about this case.
When it comes to pricing, the Corsair Carbide 400R PC case has
an MSRP of $99.99, which is a fair price for a computer case with all the options that this one has. WE found a retailer selling it online for $84.50, but after $21.95 shipping the lowest price we could find this case for was $106.45. With rebates and special offers you should be able to find this case for under $100 this holiday season. The Corsair Carbide Series 400R chassis is backed by a two-year
limited warranty that comes complete with customer support via
telephone, email, and their forum.
The Legit Bottom Line: Corsair did exactly what they said they would do and built a case for PC builders at and affordable price. The Corsair Carbide 400R is a sleek, elegant, functional, and future proofed mid-tower case that most any PC enthusiast should love to work with.