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Corsair Obsidian 250D

This computer case was introduced to the public in January, at CES 2014. Featuring the traditionally stern exterior of the Obsidian series, the 250D is the least expensive model in it at a recommended $89.99.

The front panel follows the style of all Obsidian series products we've tested recently. It is trimmed with rough aluminum and stands on feet that protrude out of its bezel.

We spotted a small unpainted area in the corner of the front panel. That’s a trifle, but not a pleasant one.

Like with the other Obsidian series models, the protruding feet have rubber soles.

At the rear we can see a PSU bay. Next to it, there is a drive rack covered with a vent grid which is secured with four thumbscrews. Above them, there’s an opening for a mainboard’s I/O ports, two expansion-slot brackets and two places for optional 80mm fans.

A fine dust filter in a plastic frame is provided for the PSU’s fan.

There are no other openings in the bottom panel of the chassis.

There are four bays in the drive rack: two for 3.5-inch drives (one of them contains the fasteners included with the computer case) and two for 2.5-inch devices.

Although the drives can be easily accessed from the outside, there is no talking about hot-swapping. You can’t just push a bay into the chassis to connect the drive. Instead, you have to manually connect cables to your drives after they are installed in their bays. That’s sad because installing drives, especially in the top 2.5-inch part of the rack, is perhaps the least convenient operation when building your PC configuration in the Obsidian 250D.

The drive bays are all designed in the same way. The 3.5-inch bays support 2.5-inch devices as well.

You receive a bare minimum of accessories with this computer case. There are no extras, not even a sticker with manufacturer’s logo. That would be odd for a top-end product but quite justifiable for this junior model.

The side and top panels of the case are fastened with thumbscrews.

The vent grids in the side panels are protected from dust with fine filters.

Rather unusually, there is a window in the top panel. Well, it seems to be appropriate because the window and the mainboard turn out to have the same relative positions here as in a traditional computer case with a side window.

 
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