The Corsair Obsidian 700D was released with the goal in mind of having a case with the same level of performance but at a lower price point. The easiest way to do this was to remove some of the bells and whistles of the 800D: the hot swap bays and the side panel. Those two features are what some enthusiasts don’t want or need and their removal dropped the price $24 from $273.99 for the 800D to $249.99 for the 700D. This price drop will most likely be what pushes those on the fence about the 800D one way or the other.
Like I said earlier, working with the 700D was actually enjoyable. There was no fighting anything to go where I wanted it; just put my parts in and on to the next. Think I can count on one hand the cases I have had experiences like this, and for a case carrying a $250 price tag you shouldn’t have to fight with the thing and with the 700D you don’t.
The only thing I found with the 700D that could be an annoyance, but definitely an extremely small one, was the USB spacing on the front panel. This can happen with all cases. Most will not even pay attention to the spacing unless they go to put the second fat thumb dive in, which is what made me notice it.
Corsair had done what it set out to do with the 700D for the Obsidian Series. They made a more affordable version of the 800D that will fill the gap for the users that wanted the 800D, but not the side window (yes some people prefer no window) and/or the hotswap features. Now, for those that want a side window Corsair is selling panels on their website and since the side panels for the 700D and 800D are the same dimensions, 800D owners that want a solid panel can get one. The same goes for 700D owners that want a window but are not too keen on taking a saw to the case.
Currently the 700D can be found for $249.99 shipped, and worth every penny.
Legit Bottom Line: Corsair has done what it set out to do with the 700D for the Obsidian Series; they created a more appealing, affordable enthusiast case for water or air.