Cougar Challenger review -
On top in the back we see a very decent mesh which helps with ventilation. You can go nuts with other fans here as well as installing a LCS (Liquid Cooling System) radiator. A single 120/140 LCS kit would fit, as well as a 240mm LCS kit.
Moving to the front we however notice the power on switch. Quite funny, as within the jet theme you'll notice a pilot unlock missile cover. Fire! and you'll power on. The power switch is hidden behind the plastic red cover, a couple of red LED strips are positioned either side for effect. Interestingly, the HDD activity LED is used as a back-light for the slim reset button, which also sits beneath the flip-up plastic cover. Let's look at that.
Truthfully, that's funny stuff. I like it, let me show you that powered on though:
So once you power on the PC the LEDs will activate as well, giving this control functionality different looks. To the left and right you can see HDD and power LEDs.
When we take a photo from the rear side we notice the Front panel IO. Here's where you'll find two USB 3.0 and the audio I/O, that's all though. However look down an in the gap you'll notice a dedicated SATA hot-swap bay.
That is top side access external 3.5" & 2.5" HDD/SSD hot-swap for easy mobile data transfer. We really like this, a great feature. However that spot is likely to become a dust magnet. Some sort of lid to close this compartment up would have been great. Also removing a HDD can be a little weird, there's no eject button or anything.
Internals then. First impression, that is a decent amount of space to work in for a mid sized tower. Looks are deceiving though as this chassis can house ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX form factor motherboards. There is support for long high-end graphics cards up to 300mm, 330mm & 410mm. Look at the drive cages for example, if you have very lengthy graphics cards then that upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable. Graphics cards up to 300mm in length with the top HDD cage installed With the top cage removed, graphics cards up to 410mm in length may be installed.
In this review we have a peek at the Cougar Challenger, a mid-tower chassis that is loaded with options, and hey .. it's priced quite competitive as well. It's different alright. The CHALLENGER mid-tower case is particularly targeting gamers demanding for huge upgradeability capacity, best airflow and optimized ventilation characteristics.