Corsair Carbide 200R review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/19/2012 08:49 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Final words and conclusion
Corsair has a killer chassis in their hands with the 200R. With a 60 USD price tag you get a product that is aesthetically very pleasing (albeit taste is personal I agree). For that 60 bucks you receive a nice all black design chassis with mainstream features. There's plenty of storage space, it is tool free, you can do some nice cable management, fairly large graphics cards fit and sure there's plenty of options for cooling as well.
These factors alone make the Corsair Carbide 200R series quite an interesting product. I'd consider this chassis more mainstream then budget or entry level really. The overall build quality is decent and the features offered will give the average PC aficionado plenty to work with. Again, large graphics cards will fit as well as standard ATX and Micro ATX motherboards.
Then the all black design is cool, the aesthetics are kept simple (which I like, but that's personal). Added benefits are of course the two USB 3.0 ports, the mainboard cutout on the motherboard tray and the overall tool free design. So for for 60 bucks you do get a serious chassis alright. Mind you that the chassis is listed at 69 USD at the Corsair website, but etail simply shaves off another tenner.
So let's continue, the work space inside is great with easy access to pretty much anything and with 7 expansions lots there is plenty room for two or even three graphics cards. Albeit with the compact design we'd stick to two cards max.
The all black interior cool looks, the CPU back plate cutout for easy installation/replacement of CPU-coolers and overall features that belong in the enthusiast segment. There are plenty of grommet holes for cable routing but a missed opportunity are the rubber inlays for them. A big plus is the space behind the motherboard for extensive cable management, and then there are the dual 120mm fan mounts throughout the case.
Overall we think the Carbide 200R is a spot on chassis. A quick check here in the Netherlands shows that the 200R can be found for 55 EUR already, and that I feel is a price I'd be comfortable with. As stated in the review the we spotted it in the USA for 59 USD already. And you know what, honestly you can not go wrong with it. If you need a simple not too big chassis, then the R200 should by high on your wish-list. For the money you really great a mainstream chassis with all black design up-to and including the cabling. It's tool-free and has plenty of storage space. Inside there is decent room to work in and to manage your cabling. Ther's lots of meshes and additional cooling options and the cherry on top of it all are the USB 3.0 headers.
The build quality I don't have anything to complain about either, combined with the sufficient enough feature set make this chassis downright interesting. We can recommend the Carbide 200R as a value chassis. The competition at this feature level is stiff though and there are many cases out there offering something similar for roughly the same price. But the 200R is definitely something worth recommending and at 55 EUR we feel it's priced real fair. So if you are in the market for a compact chassis that is loaded with features and a style you like .. look no further.
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