With well over a dozen members spread across four chassis families, Corsair offers enclosures at just about every price point and form factor relevant to high-end system builders, including six Obsidian products spanning from $100 to $350. The upper end of that bracket, as you're likely aware, is held by the super tower 900D, which is followed by the full-tower 800D at $240 and mid-tower 650D at $190.
Notably absent from Corsair's lineup is the 700D, a discontinued model that removed the 800D's hot-swappable drive bays and side panel window so it could exist at a cheaper price. Despite costing $50 less than the 800D, the 700D was still too expensive for the average system builder, especially considering how many other attractive options there are in the sub-$200 territory -- not least from Corsair itself.
Toward the more affordable side of the Obsidian series, the company has the $120 550D, a mid-tower with an emphasis on quiet operation. Although the 550D is a bargain at its current price, it's still around double the price of many popular mid-towers, such as the HAF 912. Corsair has attempted to address that gap with a new enclosure that is both smaller and more affordable than previous Obsidian cases.
Branded the Obsidian 350D, the newcomer crams its sibling's features into an affordable microATX package and sports the same clean, black brushed-aluminum finish, handy tool-free design and innovative cable management. While the base 350D is available for around $90, a second edition goes for $110 and has a window (as indicated by the addition of a W to the model number: 350DW).
Both editions are enthusiast-worthy, with enough internal space for liquid cooling, several 2.5", 3.5" and 5.25" drives as well as dual full-length graphics cards, five expansion slots and five fan mounting points that have room for two 240mm radiators. Between its features, price and our affinity for tiny cases, the 350D has the potential to become one of our top picks -- certainly among Corsair's own offerings.
Obsidian 350DW External Design
The Obsidian 650D mid-tower measured 21.5" long, 9" wide and 20.5" tall while tipping the scales at a whopping 32.5lbs. Being a microATX case, the 350DW is inherently smaller, measuring 17.7" long, 8.3" wide and 17.3" tall and weighing just 13.3lbs -- more compact and much lighter than many of its competitors, such as the Thermaltake Chaser A41.
Surprisingly despite weighing very little, most of the case has been constructed from steel. Only the fašade is made of aluminum, though much of it is also plastic. The key to the lightweight design is the compact size, and once we get inside the 350DW you'll see there aren't many steel accessories to be found.
The Obsidian 350DW is available exclusively in black with a case window. Although the design appears very simple, it's far from boring. The dark matte paint job gives it a very stealthy look that will appeal to those after a more subtle design, while the case window could be outfitted with aftermarket lighting for a bolder look.
The front bezel looks very slick and while there are visible I/O connectors, they do not spoil the design. At the top, you will find a pair of audio jacks, two USB 3.0 ports along with a small reset button. The power button is located right at the top and it features blue LED lights on either side. The effect is pretty cool.
Considering its sleek aesthetics, there is no real defining characteristic on the front of the 350DW. Besides the two 5.25" external drive bays there is a large removable panel which hides a massive dust filter covering the front in-take fans. Removing this panel is very quick and easy, as is the removal of the dust filter.
The top of the case dons a large grill that can support a pair of optional 120mm or 140mm fans. There is also room to install a large dual-fan radiator if you want water cooling.
Both case doors are secured with thumbscrews while the left one features a window so you can display your hardware.
Turning the 350DW on its side reveals a filter that is designed to stop the power supply from collecting dust from the floor, while also preventing debris from slipping into the case. Corsair has also included four large feet that raise the 350DW an inch from the ground, allowing for plenty of airflow under the case.
Around back the 350DW looks much like any other microATX case, though we should point out that the matte black paint job is also continued around to the rear. Up top is the motherboard I/O panel and opposite that is a preinstalled 120mm fan behind yet another honeycomb grill.
The 350DW sports five expansion slots and three one-inch holes for watercooling hoses, while the power supply bracket is at the bottom of the case -- the norm these days.
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