Summary: The BitFenix Survivor has a top-notch finishing and sleek look. Due to its carrying handle, it is a really nice option for gamers that play on LAN parties. It is also a great case for users looking for a good-looking case full of features.
Excerpt: BitFenix says it best in the press release "We wanted to design a PC chassis that had ruggedized features, but didn’t necessarily look like a tractor." We will not say the Survivor is simplistic because of its broad rounded corners and the big red logo sitting on the top. But the case is rugged and will take its fair share of abuse, not extreme abuse, but simple wear and tear that a case would go through when transporting it from one LAN party to the next.
Conclusion: Conclusion BitFenix are relatively new in the market but that’s not a bad thing as it seems they offer up some of the latest and greatest designs whilst giving features and functions galore. The Survivor lives up to this and gives a very unique style whilst giving the latest USB 3.0 functionality, the ability to chop and change certain aspects of the case and keeping quality to its highest form.
Pros: Stylish, LED fans are included, Versatile drive configuration, Solid build quality, Unique carry handle, Cable management, USB 3.0, Rubber exterior, Portable
Summary: Caseking send us another mid-tower sized case to have a look at. Today's star is the Bitfenix Survivor Core case. At first glance it might look a bit dull and simplistic, but the Survivor Core case's looks can deceive. On the inside is where the real fun is at ! In the mood for something different ? Something more spacey looking ? Tired of square or rectangular angled cases ? This one is made for you then...
Summary: Now that we have a clearer notion of what exactly retail Survivor enclosures will look and behave like, I have no problem updating the recommendations from our original review.
If you don't work inside your PC very often but are an inveterate LAN gamer who requires a quiet, compact, and portable machine packed to the brim with enthusiast-friendly features like USB 3.0 connectivity, liquid-cooling support, and childishly easy-to-use hard-drive bays, the Survivor is...
Excerpt: Cases with handles are nothing new. Cases billed as LAN-ready are nothing new, either. But BitFenix’s first mid-tower chassis, the Survivor, has a wraparound rubberized plastic bumper that’s kinda new. We love the so-called “SofTouch” coating on the case’s wraparound shell—many editors said it was the coolest case they’d ever felt. We won’t name names, but some Lab members wouldn’t stop touching it, which disturbed us a little.
Pros: Case can take a few hits; handle sturdier than it looks; can support long graphics cards.
Cons: No rear fan (?!); side panels are hard to remove; GPU strap nearly useless.
Excerpt: Even though they are a new company, BitFenix is made up of veterans of both the technology and gaming industries. The goal of BitFenix is to create hardware and peripherals that allow the end user the utmost control and provide strength and performance. Back in September of this year we looked at their first case, a full tower they named Colossus . Today we are looking at the second case offering from them, the Survivor.
Excerpt: BitFenix's Survivor case has a sleek, innovative look, outstanding feature set and a well-appointed I/O panel all packed into a Lan-friendly case with a rugged finish and sturdy handle. The interior is very roomy, for a mid-tower and has some outstanding cable management features and nicely configurable storage options.
Summary: After all that poking and prodding inside the Survivor, I'm left with a bit of a mixed impression. On the one hand, BitFenix has succeeded in cramming in an impressive number of nice little features and additions, including the dual USB 3.0 ports, the S2 cable-locking scheme, the easy-to-use hard-drive trays, and the "stealth" button that disables LEDs. This case looks good, too, and I'm very much partial to that rubber coating on the front and top bezels.
Conclusion: The Survivor is another well thought out case from BitFenix, for the most part. The rounded look to the chassis makes it stand out from the normal rectangular shaped chassis that is the norm in the marketplace. The addition of the USB 3.0 ports is a nice touch as more and more items become USB3.0 compliant and is likely to be put to good use. The BitFenix SofTouch™ coating on the front and top of the case was surprising to see and feel when we first opened the box.