Excerpt: Earlier this year, BitFenix introduced the Shinobi XL case. A full-tower version of last year’s Shinobi case, the Shinobi XL has a number of features making it a great choice for a gaming system. The most important feature we found was the ability of this case to fit a stunning number of fans. With a sleek appearance, the BitFenix Shinobi XL looks like a great case. Let’s see if it can deliver an experience worthy of its $160 price tag.
Pros: Great performance, Extraordinary versatility with airflow, High quality components and sturdy construction, USB 3.0 on front panel, Can fit a large number of fans, Fan filters included, Side panels swing closed
Cons: Must remove top 230mm fan to install second fan, SuperCharge port does not work with some devices, Front panel has a strange texture
Conclusion: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the BitFenix Shinobi Window PC case a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar PC case that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score.
Pros: Excellent cable routing, Tool free retention clips are effective, Great overall build quatlity, Very quiet operation, Lovely smoked side window, Filtered air intakes, 2.5" drive adapter / External 3.5" adapter in one, Painted interior, Bottom mounted PSU, Good value
Cons: Rubber feet not installed, Front and top panels are pain to remove, No USB 3.0 ports, Not much room above and below motherboard
Conclusion: The BitFenix Shinobi Window offers quite a bit of room to work with, so it really does not matter if you installed the motherboard first or your PSU first. Personally, I like to install the PSU first, so I can easily route all the necessary cables first to the general areas. After mounting the motherboard, you could then easily pull the cables through and plug them in accordingly.
Summary: The BitFenix Shinobi Window is a lovely chassis within it's range. It has an elegant and simple design. It's priced fair and has good looks.
There however are some small concerns that I can not wrap my head around though. Personally I think the chassis could have been designed a notch better in some segments.
Conclusion: Overall the BitFenix Shinobi Window is a great budget case. Obviously it is not perfect, although in most ways, the Shinobi Window is more than adequate for what most people need. There is plenty of cable storage room available as well as a variety of additional features and accessories that BitFenix included.
Summary: The Bitfenix Shinobi surprised me. I just wasn’t sure what to expect after reading some reviews of the Colossus online. Sure the Colossus had been a unique design, but it really wasn’t my cup of tea. The clean and subtle styling impressed me more than I expected. The quality was also above what I had anticipated, which was in line with other reports on the Bitfenix brand.
This case is aimed at the budget market with a price point of around $70 USD.
Conclusion: Despite having couple flaws Shinobi Window edition is very high quality case. They could have possibly made it a bit more silent with some resonance absorbing foams etc. However it is currently one of the best midsized cases I’ve seen. Having stock installed very silent fans and good cable management system helps you to build a system of your liking.
Excerpt: Bitfenix's Shinobi chassis is a bit of a mixed bag. It lives up to its moniker by being stealthy and near silent, but lacks the airflow to make it a top performing PC case. It sports four USB 2.0 ports, but there are no USB 3.0 or eSATA ports on the I/O panel. The interior is painted, spacious and easy to work in and the cable management features are quite good allowing the user to achieve a clean, tidy installation in short order.
Summary: There is a lot to like about the BitFenix Shinobi Window case. It looks great, has excellent cooling and cable management features, and doesn't break the bank. The SofTouch finish will tolerate fingerprints and minor daily grime better than glossy alternatives, and so far, it appears to be pretty durable. Be aware that the edges and corners are likely to wear over time—but then all cases eventually show some signs of wear and tear.