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BitFenix unveils $39 Merc Alpha and Beta cases

By Matthew · 8 replies
Aug 10, 2011
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  1. BitFenix has unveiled a new budget desktop chassis series comprised of two enclosures: Alpha and Beta. Both are constructed out of steel and plastic -- the de facto materials among…

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 833   +411

    Not too shabby for $40. Of course you could always just get and $80 case and save yourself the money of a pci usb3 card, but that's another story entirely.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829

    Pretty solid for a $40 case... very interesting
  4. chaboi390

    chaboi390 TS Rookie Posts: 83

    Wow, $40 for a mid-tower, there's got to be some catch behind this..
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I don't think so neccessarily. As in all things, your entry level product now is going to have a lot more features than an entry level product had a while ago. I bought a CM Centurion about 6-7 years ago, for some amount between $50-$100 (can't 'member) but it had a lot less features than this case.

    I'm guessing that the fans are not going to be top of the line though.

    But if I was building a new rig for mom or dad, this would be a perfect case.
  6. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Pretty decent cases for $39. The painted interiors is a nice touch and the front panel I/O even has more USB ports than the Thermaltake tower that I bought 6 years ago.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    The problem I seem to be having with these case reviews... there is no date when this is available. As in previous reviews I've liked the cases but they werent available when Techspot released the article... so then I forget about these products since I cannot buy them.

    I had recently posted a thread about cases, where a few Techspot members, and some staff helped me and pointed out some of the past reviews.

    Here is my thread for anyone interested. https://www.techspot.com/vb/topic168136.html
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,494   +2,293

    I'm gonna wonder out loud here and ask, do you think they're giving you the fans in the higher priced model, or just the fan holes?.
    Yup, ten dollar holes.

    These would be nice for a lot of people, not just moms and dads. However, there are more established companies competing at this price point. And don't forget Newegg's "Rosewill" line, which is extensive.

    One thing I do like about these two cases, the styling is almost ripoff Lian Li (*), which gives them a "journeyman" look and appeal.

    ((*) Albeit with a touch of curvature in the faceplate).
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I have a Centurion 5 (actually a couple of them). I think they are really solid cases for the money. Plus they look nice, I'm not a big fan of overly flashy designs or swingout front panels to get access to drives.

    I do like the look of these cases and they are a couple bucks cheaper than the Cent 5.

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