The tech indstry, particularly the PC side, is a small world. Everybody knows everybody else any many people that previously worked at one company have ended up working for a rival. One such example is BitFenix that is a small startup, with big intentions, formed primarily by the joining together of employees from enthusiast PC legends, Abit, and current peripherals manufacter, Cooler Master. That of course is the boring bit. What you really want to know is will the company's products be any good? Well, based on our first impressions, yes!
The first product coming to market around about August, at a cost of 159 euros, is the Colossus. This fullsize tower case will be available in the rather fetching and unique glossy white shown here or a soft touch matt black as sported by its smaller sibbling. The blue lighting that carries on all the way round the sides of the case (and looks a damn sight better i nthe flesh) can also be changed to different colours and set to pulsate, stay on or be off. Obviously the styling is very subjective but we thought it looked rather swish.
The key thing, though, is the case isn't just a pretty (or ugly) face. On the top will be a combination-lockable panel into which you can place things for safe keeping and there are USB ports, the powe/reset buttons, fan controller, and light controls also protected inside. What's more the connections on the front have a cable routing system which means you can thread the cable of your headphones, say, out through a convenient hole in the side (there are several to choose from). This not only means the cable is kept out the way of the front door and open drive bays but by virtue of the cable being routed through the locked panel, means someone can't easily steal you headphones without breaking the cable.
Inside you get two 230mm fans (one front, one top) and two 140mm fans (one bottom, one back) and there's room enough for eight expansion cards, 9 hdds, and 5 CD drives. Most of it it tooless and there are all the usual enthusiast features like rubber grommets and cable routing options.
As for the other case, called the Survivor, it is much smaller than the Collosus and is for use with microATX motherboards. It will incorporate a flip up handle in the top panel, has a slide-open tray at the front for connections and fan controller, and the top of the front section will also have a few tricks up its sleeveas well, though this wasn't yet ready to show off. Performance wise, it houses the same fan configuation as the Collosus and has 6 HDD bays sectioned off into two modules, enabling you to remove the middle module so you can fit in extra long graphics cards. Available around September, the Survivor will cost 89 euros.
We were also shown a very early prototype of a new design that is all angular and assymetric with something of a Blade Runner meets Tron kind of vibe. We agreed not to talk specifics or take any pictures though, as it was such an early prototype.
What do you think to these designs? Exciting, innovative, ugly, dull? Let us know in the comments.