Scythe Gekkou Standard
We already tested one system case from Scythe, the well-known maker of cooling systems. It was the top-end Fenris Wolf and we were pleased with its test results.
The Gekkou Standard is cheaper but looks nice, too. The simple shapes, noble black color and flip-back front door with aluminum coating endow this system case with a demure and serious appearance.
The front panel of the case, as I’ve noted above, has a door with a black aluminum insert (although all Gekkou series products are black, this insert can also be silvery or mirror-like). As opposed to the Fenris Wolf, the door can be attached to the other side of the case. The holes for the Power and HDD indicators are placed in such a way that they remain visible irrespective of the position of the door.
There is one shortcoming, though. Changing the position of the door wouldn’t cause any inconvenience if the I/O connectors were on the top panel, like with the Fenris Wolf for example, but the Gekkou's connectors are on the left and become hard to access after you readjust the door.
If accessing the front-panel bays is more important than aesthetics for you, you can take the door off altogether. There is a pair of plugs for the hinges. It may be useful for people who frequently access devices installed in the open bays or want to improve the cooling of HDDs, but there's no point in paying for the unused door then.
There are vent openings in the door for the fresh air to be able to get to the front fan. They are not large in the fan area, so the air flow is not going to be very strong.
There is a decorative front panel behind the door. It is fastened with conventional plastic locks but the mounting holes have sleek plastic inserts, making it easier to take the panel off.
The I/O connectors are located to the left of the front panel and include two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and microphone/headphones connectors. That’s quite sufficient, but I guess a USB 3.0 connector would also be appropriate considering the growing popularity of that interface.
The Power and Reset buttons are inconveniently placed on the top of the case, right behind the front door. They are not labeled, so you can only make out which is which by trying. It turns out that the Reset button is on the left (if you look at the system case from the front) and the Power one is on the right, although the logical and conventional positioning would be just the opposite.
The buttons stick out above the surface of the case. They are soft and have a very short travel distance. As a result, you will be risking pressing the Reset button when opening the door (or the Power button, if you've readjusted the door).
It is also not easy to open the door without touching the buttons. If you pull at its middle, the three magnets are going to resist noticeably. If the system case stands on the floor or in a desk niche, pulling at the bottom of the door won't be an option, either. It turns out that the risky way of opening the door by pulling at its top is the most convenient one.
This problem wouldn’t even exist if the buttons were sunken into the case and/or had a longer travel distance.
The Gekkou Standard comes with a user manual and a pack with fasteners, a couple of plugs for the door hinges, and a PC speaker.
There are no cheap details in this system case. Its expansion-slot brackets are reusable and its feet are composite, with soft rubber soles.
The internal volume and the permissible length of expansion cards are almost the same as with the InWin-PE689 but the Scythe Gekkou lacks a cable compartment behind the mainboard.