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.
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: The BitFenix Shinobi leaves me of two minds at the end of this review. As far as assembly goes, I can't really argue with what BitFenix has done here: the Shinobi is just plain incredibly easy to build, among one of the easiest I've ever worked with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.