BitFenix Colossus E-ATX Case Review
A Detailed Look - At the Outside
The Colossus comes in two different colors (black and white) and incorporates a unique blend of SECC and ABC materials. Each panel seems to add more depth to the overall look of the case and I love how the front panel is beveled and includes a large BitFenix logo that glows at the top of the case.
Here's a quick shot of the front panel. You can see how it is beveled and layered, which gives it a multi-dimensional look that should appeal to gamers and enthusiasts. Personally, I'm not too fond of cases with front panel doors because it restricts access to the optical bays as well as restricts air flow from the front of the case. But, the Colossus's front panel actually adds to the uniqueness of this case and flows perfectly into the side panels.
The front panel door is magnetic and can be hinged from either side to help with accessibility. The bottom of the front panel door includes a small vent to help with airflow through the front of the case. They also included five optical bays with the Colossus and a large vent at the bottom that covers a large 230mm fan.
The top of the front panel door includes a lock that is used to secure the storage compartment at the top of the case. There are also two small LEDs under the lock for power and hard drive activity. You can also see the cable management lanes that go around the optical bays, which is an interesting approach to running USB cables from the top storage compartment to your devices on your desktop.
The top storage compartment is lockable and includes a power button, reset button, fan controller, and LED controller. It also includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, audio/mic jacks, and an eSATA port. The real estate inside the compartment can also hold your wallet or iPhone and lock it away while you are gaming at a LAN party or other public event. This is a nice security feature that is very functional as well.
The left side panel have an identical zig-zag pattern where the LED light system can shine blue or red depending on the user's preference. Each panel is very heavy and thick because it has to hold two different panels for the outer and inner shell of the lighting system.
The top panel flows very well into the front and side panels and includes a large mesh window to exhaust air from the massive 230mm fan above the motherboard. You can also see the top cover of the storage compartment, which is embedded seamlessly into the entire design of the case. In fact, I wouldn't have known that there was a compartment if I didn't read about all the features available with the Colossus prior to my review.
The back panel is pretty standard and includes room for a 140mm fan and four watercooling lines that can be used with external cooling systems. I'm perplexed as to why BitFenix chose to go with a 140mm fan option instead of 120mm because of the popularity of 120mm size fans. They could have added a couple more mounting holes to use 120mm and 140mm fans.
The right side panel is identical to the left side panel and flows perfectly into the case's LED light system. I can't wait to see how this LED system performs so I can get an overall perspective of what it looks like when the case is operational.
The bottom of the case includes four quality rubber and metal feet, a dust filter and vent under the power supply, and fan mounts that support 120mm and 80mm fans.