It's been an interesting week around here for PC cases. Antec announced its Lego-eqsue LanBoy Air
on Tuesday, we published a review of Thermaltake's Level 10
this morning, and BitFenix joined the fun today, introducing its new "Survivor
" gaming chassis. The Survivor is intended for frequent LAN goers, balancing good looks and a functional, sturdy design.
"We wanted to design a PC chassis that had ruggedized features, but didn't necessarily look like a tractor," said BitFenix product manager David Jarlstedt. "Will you be able to throw it in front of a moving bus or down the stairs? No, but you won't have to worry about damaged hardware while driving to your friend's house or LAN party."
The Survivor has a proprietary coating to prevent bumps and scratches, a retractable handle for easy transportation, as well as a security system to lockdown your peripherals at public venues. The on/off button is placed inside a concealable front I/O panel along with two USB 2.0/3.0 ports, one eSATA port, logo lighting controls, and audio jacks.
It can house up to seven 3.5-inch or nine 2.5-inch drives via two modular drive cages (removable in case your GPU can't fit), three external 5.25-inch drives, a 200mm fan in front and on top, and a 120mm fan in back. Other features include a CPU hole in the motherboard tray, dust filters, a cable management system and seven tool-free expansion slots.
BitFenix plans to ship two versions of its new case sometime in November. The standard "Survivor" will have all the features described above for $109, while the $89 "Survivor Core" axes some features. The Core drops two USB 3.0 ports, one 200mm fan (and the included fan doesn't have LED lights), as well as the cable-locking mechanism.