The PC industry has been steadily changing its orientation towards the consumer so that the ordinary user would completely lose interest in separate components. Why bother if you can buy an assembled PC with a 3-year or longer warranty? Such a PC is sure to be free from any problems, from compatibility to thermal mode, because the manufacturer has to use quality components to avoid being returned the product. Buying separate components is mostly for enthusiasts nowadays.
But unlike the rest of components, system cases are not as much affected by this trend. Even major firms offer to assemble you a PC in a system case you choose from the available range. This approach makes sense because ready-made PCs offered for the mass user come in midrange system cases priced at $80 or less (with the PSU).
Of course, you can’t expect an original design or extended functionality from such products while the user has the right to choose the appearance of his/her PC, just to match the room interior for example. It is in this situation that the best representatives of the mid-format sector with a price of $100 and more (without a PSU) come to the fore. This is already quite expensive and the buyer can expect to have something more from such a product than from a trivial PC case.
Notwithstanding the relatively low demand for such solutions, the manufacturers pay much attention to them because these system cases also perform a marketing function, promoting other, less conspicuous and exciting, products on the market. In this review we’ll examine four system cases from the leading brands to see if they perform all of their functions well.
ASUS Vento 7700
The second edition of ASUS’ system case for a gaming PC comes in a very large box:
Pretty-looking and neatly designed, this box is up to the product that is considered the top of the company’s system case range.