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: 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.
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.
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...