Excerpt: I haven't had the opportunity until now to actually have a Raidmax product in my hands. I do remember looking deeply some time ago at their cases when I bought my first case outside of an OEM built computer. At that time I passed for some reason or another, but I am here today to give Raidmax a fair unbiased shakedown, as I really have nothing to go on for build quality or feature expectations.
Summary: It seems to me that not much thought went into the functionality of the Raidmax Skyline. The bulk of the work went into a glossy finish and brushed aluminum front bezel. The cooling is excellent, but you would do well to pull out the fans and use them in a better case. The side panel window looks nice but odds are you won't want to show off the plain gray metal interior.
With sharp danger zones and flimsy accessories, the Skyline misses the mark as a budget go-to case.
While the Raidmax Skyline does offer some nice features and looks to the case, it doesn’t seem to have the quality material, mainly the plastic, for a case of this price. Some of the plastic used on the case seems extremely cheap, especially on the hard drive rails which remind me of a cheap $1 store plastic toy. While this really isn’t that big of a problem, I would have hoped for some better quality material for a $70 case.
Summary: While this case may not be for everyone, it does serve a purpose. That purpose being to allow people on a very tight budget to obtain an attractive enclosure and a very affordable price. The case will not standup to a great deal of abuse due to the fact that the metal is very thin, but for the average user that just wants a nice looking case to run a desktop or even a server case the Raidmax Skyline will fit the bill perfectly.
Excerpt: Raidmax has been around for years, and provided many enthusiasts with quality cases such as the popular Aura and IceCube. Their newest entrant to their “Elite” line of cases is the Skyline: A mid-tower ATX chassis with plenty of included fans. To start this review, we’ll ask an important question: With so many case manufacturers releasing an amazing number of product lines nowadays, is it enough to be “good enough”?
Summary: Like many cases under $100, the RAIDMAX Skyline doesn't come equipped with a removable motherboard tray and on this case it is a bit of an issue if you plan on mounting large heatsinks. Many motherboard designs place the CPU socket right at the top of the board, and with the bottom-mounted PSU, the board is very close to the top of the case and large HSF installation can be a bit difficult. With that in mind, if you mount a large HSF that requires a rear back plate,...
Pros: Tool-less support for all drives, Excellent airflow, Fairly quiet for a case with five fans, Attractive case and good price, Very sturdy for an inexpensive case
Cons: No fan filters, No cable management, No replacement PCI slot covers, No hole in mobo tray for HSF installation
Conclusion: The Raidmax Skyline case is one that looks good on the outside but just has quite a few problems on the inside. The installation process is overall easy, but the few problem areas can make the whole process frustrating really. The Skyline is silent, and it will keep your system cool though. I’ve taken a look at a lot of cases in my time, and for $80 this one is just not worth it, there are many other, much better cases to be had for the same price.
Pros: Looks nice, Seems well made overall, Keeps system cool, Fairly easy installation
Cons: Large video cards might not fit, Can’t remove front bezel easily, Limited room on top of case, Limited wire management options, HDD cage easily comes out