Summary: Final Thoughts
Corsair just keeps on impressing me with their cases. This is the 4th Corsair case I have reviewed and I would recommend all of them. That really says a lot about Corsair and what they have set out to do when they announced they were going to be making other products besdies just memory.
When it comes to looks Corsair has gone with the sleek yet stylish look. The case has an all black design and the brushed aluminum front panel really sets the case off.
Pros: Easy installation, Sleek and silent design, 3 included fans, USB 3.0 support
Summary: With many companies offering cases geared toward a silent computing experience, Corsair is going all out, offering the most expensive option in the fray. Clocking in at a price premium when compared to offerings from NZXT, Fractal Design or Cooler Master, the Obsidian 550R still manages to stand out and impress.
Pros: Excellent engineering quality, Solid Aluminium front door, Very good sound dampening materials used, Covers on side and top air vents to maximize silence, Door may swing open to either side, Great external looks, Very well thought out internals, Parted HDD cages, so that you may remove one for long graphics cards, Simple but effective tool-less installation method for ODDs, Very good cable management possibilities, Plenty of space for water cooling with fans installed...
Cons: More expensive than other silent cases on the market, which clock in at 100 - 110 US Dollars, Simple I/O, Silent approach makes for restrictive air flow - especially in the front
Excerpt: As the title suggest, it has been quite a long time since Corsair has made something so elegant yet still so awesome in the originality of the design and concepts included into it that I can't really see any reason not to own one. For a line like that to come from a guy like me is really saying something. The original submission of the Obsidian series, the 800D spent three full years on my desk with many and I mean many various build inside of it over that time.
Summary: L'Obsidian 550D, a distanza di un anno dal lancio del 650D, si propone come una validissima alternativa a quest'ultimo nel segmento di fascia alta dei Mid Tower di casa Corsair
Naturalmente si tratta di una sana concorrenza interna che permetterà ai clienti di scegliere uno o l'altro modello in base alle specifiche esigenze, visto che, pur essendo molto simili fra loro, sono dotati di caratteristiche completamente differenti.