Conclusion: I really enjoyed working with the HAF XB, and I have no doubt that Cooler Master has got a really unique product here, of course you only have to take one look at it to realise that. There are many other test benches available on the market, yet I can’t say I’ve ever seen one like this as its more common place for a test bench to have no side panels and be more of an open box, much like the Cooler Master Lab Testbench .
Summary: Today for review I have a case or chassis from Cooler Master called the HAF XB. This is a smaller style case, what might be called a lanbox but it’s not just for gaming of course as you can use it for anything. What makes the HAF XB really special is the fact that it also doubles as a test bench. Me, being a reviewer, can very much appreciate a tech bench as it makes life easier for testing products.
Pros: Very well made, Portable, Case or test bench, Plenty of room for assorted cooling options, Room for large video cards and large CPU coolers, Quickly and easily converts to test bench, Lots of room for multiple SSDs
Cons: Fans suck in dust, Depending on PSU design it can be difficult to install, Not exactly quiet, No fan grills on fans, Only space for two 3.5″ drives
Conclusion: The Cooler Master HAF XB LAN Box is the latest product in the HAF series of cases. It is billed as both a LAN box and a test bench. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it, but after reviewing this case I think Cooler Master has a solid product on their hands. The case is roomy which allowed me to swap out components without taking the whole thing apart except for the power supply, but even swapping a power supply was not a difficult task. Aesthetically the case...
Cooler Master HAF XB High Performance LAN Enclosure Review
21 February 2013
Summary: Setting a system up won’t be a problem and the chassis is easy to customize if you need to adapt an installation. The enclosure worked quite well with any of the all in one integrated liquid cooling systems, even the larger 240mm Thermaltake BigWater 2.0 unit we used. It also keeps air moving efficiently, cooling the system well right out of the box. With just a couple LED fans installed, your HAF XB will turn plenty of heads.
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XB Case is a very unique case because of its styling. The square design allows easy access to the inside of the case, two 120mm fans are included & many more can be installed, there are hot swap bays, a 240mm radiator can be mounted at the front, plenty of ventilation and much more. With that being said, this is more of an enthusiast case or test bench, but it totally rocks.
Conclusion: In a world dominated by rectangular mid-towers, the HAF XB's squarish design is refreshing, and the fact that Cooler Master pulled it off without any major drawbacks makes this a very attractive option for gamers on the go or enthusiasts with a taste for the unusual. In short, it's the best LAN-friendly case we've worked with, we're attracted to its well-balanced aesthetics, it covers just about everything we'd want in an top-end chassis besides its limited support for...
Summary: What Cooler Master is best at is top design unusual gear. I mean really, what design of theirs is not unique in some way, fashion or form ? With the HAF XB Mid Tower then once again succeed in making something unique. Truth be told, I like the chassis very much. But I can also understand that quite a few of you would dislike the design. The cube is not for everybody man.
Overall though this is a very sturdy build that is easy to carry around with it's two carry-handles.
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XB clocks in at a good price right out of the gates - even as a traditional chassis and not a test bench. The fact that it is also intended as a bench means that Cooler Master aimed to combine the best of both worlds, and they have done so quite well, I might add!
On top of that, you may carry the system around easily thanks to the handles - while its internals are still protected. Try doing that with a Dimastech unit.
Pros: Very good price, Well shuffled interior, Large handles make it quite easy to transport, Three panels of the case can be removed, Removable motherboard tray, Two hard drive hot-swap bay with well-engineered trays, Can hold four additional 2.5" and two 5.25" drives, Can fit 120 or 240 mm radiators, Front drive-bay covers easily removable, Two 120 mm fans, well-balanced in terms of noise/air flow, Plenty of zip ties and routing possibilities for cables, Large power butto...
Cons: Not as accessible as pure test benches, 2.5" bays hard/nearly impossible to fill, No USB 2.0 - may be of interest for testers, Screw-less system does not work that well for ODDs, No dust filter on some intake fan locations, Rear motherboard area recessed, No 140 or 280 radiator support, No external 3.5" bay, No internal 3.5" bays
Summary: While many custom PC builders will look at the motherboard, processor or GPU as the most important thing in their build, the lowly computer cases gets overlooked far too often. Hell, you can use a pizza box if you really want to. But cutting corners with your case to make up elsewhere isn’t always worth it. From a visual standpoint, super cheap cases usually look and feel the part.
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XB is a unique case. It is designed to work as a portable LAN box as well as a test bench. This design makes the HAF XB a versatile chassis that can be used by gamers, enthusiasts, and overclockers alike. The steel on the case is high quality and does not flex at all and the side panels each have a reinforced carrying handle on the side for easy transport.