by Ryan Perry on May 2, 2011 in Mid-Tower
When Corsair released its Obsidian 800D full-tower nearly two years ago, it was the company’s first chassis, but still managed to set standards. For those who were hoping for much of the same aesthetic value and design features in a smaller package, Corsair delivers with its 650D, a premium-priced offering at $180.
For those of you with space constraints but want the look and quality of the Obsidian 800D, this is the case for you!
Clearly, this is a well-thought-out case, so I’m not sure how the team missed the bottom hard drive tray being rendered useless when setting up the hard drive cages in the alternate configuration. I feel that this is something that should have been caught in the design phase, however there are still many trays to use and the ease at which the cage can be removed thanks to the thumbscrews lessens the severity.
Aside from that, it would be nice if the front panel connections were marked as positive and negative so that the wires could remain black while ensuring the user knows exactly how to connect them the first time.
With only two small issues, what else is there to say? The fit and finish on the 650D is incredible. From the perfect paint job to the way the panels fit to the way all of the components installed – it is easily in my top 3 favorite cases to work with. Cable management is a dream come true and the nearly all tool-less installation makes the build process a treat.
What may scare some off is the price tag. The 650D weights in at ~$180, but you do get what you pay for. The extra bank will get you a sturdy, well-designed case that looks incredible. It can hold any gear available on the market today and provides easy maintenance and upgrades.
For those with a big wallet but want a small case that does most things right, I certainly recommend the 650D. It’s a very worthy addition to the Obsidian line up.
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
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