29 June, 2018   Rakesh Sharma    Reviews .  Corsair Crystal Series 280X Case Review

Today we are reviewing latest of the micro-ATX form factor case for Corsair, the Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Case. The latest addition to the very famous Corsair Crystal series of chassis from Corsair with three beautiful tempered glass panels, RGB lighting and a dual-chamber internal layout, one for the motherboard and another for PSU, storage and all the cables for a clean looking build.

The Corsair Crystal 280X Case is seems to be the successors of the very famous Corsair AIR 240 small form factor case, with somewhat similar internal layout and dual chamber design, but lot different in aesthetics along with tempered glass and RGB bling-bling.

We have the black variant of the case but users can also get the beautiful full white case. Now let’s have a look on what special does Corsair 280X case have for us.

Features

MASSIVE COOLING, SMALL CASE - Room for up to six 120mm cooling fans, or a 240mm radiator in the roof, 240mm radiator in the front, and 240mm radiator in the floor.

STUNNING RGB SOFTWARE CONTROL - Two included CORSAIR LL120 RGB fans boast 32 individually customizable LEDs, powered by an included Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller and CORSAIR iCUE software to deliver a symphony of color.

THREE PANEL TEMPERED GLASS- Three stunning, tempered glass panels put your system on display like no other Micro-ATX case.

DUAL-CHAMBER INTERNAL LAYOUT- Highlight your PC’s core components whilst tidying cables, drives and the PSU into a dedicated rear chamber.

FLEXIBLE STORAGE SPACE- Dedicated storage compartment for up to two 3.5” drives and three 2.5” drives keeps your system clean without sacrificing storage capacity.

FULLY FILTERED- Front, roof, floor and PSU dust filters keep your system looking great long after your build is finished.

DIRECT AIRFLOW™ PATH COOLING- Cool air is directed to the hottest components, without any interference from drive cages.

Specifications

Packaging

Standard plain brown packaging with product image and few paragraph describing features outside.

Inside, two hard foam cutout blocks suspends the case and protecting from every corner and side. Box also includes guide, accessories and a hex-key and saperate hex screw set for tempered glass panels.

Close look

Case looks good with three sides of motherboard chamber having tempered glass panel, two of which are secured with four thumb screws and rubber spacers.

Front tempered glass offers three side air inlet space

Case offers full air filters on all air inlets.

Case comes with good rubber feets helps in rigid case placement on all surfaces.

PSU chamber have support to any length ATX PSU mounting option with tool free storage support for up to two 3.5” drives and three 2.5” drives. Intermediate wall of dual chamber haves lots of pass through opening with rubber grommets and cable tie points for clean cable management.

Case also includes Lighting Node PRO digital RGB lighting controller.

Case also comes fitted with two 120mm CORSAIR LL120 RGB fans with 32 individually customizable LEDs .

Components Installation

CPUIntel Core i7 4770K
Board Gigabyte GA-Z97M-DS3H
RAM2 X 4GB Corsair DDR3 1600Mhz
HDDSeagate 2TB FireCuda SSHD
SSD Corsair Force GT 240 SSD
CoolerCorsair H100i GTX AIO
GFX Gigabyte GTX 970
PSUCorsair RM650X

Installing hardware was easy and smooth in this case same as many other Corsair Cases.

The whole tempered glass made the case look good.

Pros

  • Very Good looks
  • Nice Tempered glass and RGB
  • m-ATX case
  • Full removable dust filters
  • Lot of support for fans and radiators
  • Removable HDD Cage
  • Included two RGB Fans and controller
  • Decent Cable management options

Cons

  • To access front air filter, the complete front bezel have to be removed. A slide-in type filter could be nice.

Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Case is a very good looking m-ATX case with nice dual chamber design, tempered glass and included two RGB fans with controller makes the case one of the best case in this form factor. Successors of the Corsair Air 240 case, the new Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Case offers decent air flow over great aesthetics.

One issue I found is that to access front air inlet filter, one have to completely remove off the front bezel. Instead a slide-in type filter could have made case maintenance easier.

Finally at a price tag of $160(approx.) Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Case is no dough one of the best option for m-ATX or ITX gaming PC build offering great aesthetics with tempered glass and RGB lighting and is worthy of our PC TeK Reviews Choice Award.

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