by Drew Smith on March 9, 2006 in Mid-Tower
Not everyone wants to pay over $100 for a cool looking case. The Ninja 2 from XG packs a lot of features and functionality into its cool frame. Let’s take a look and see if this case is worth even the budget price point.
Are you looking for a case with great style but are on a tight budget? Today we are taking a look at a case from the folks at XG, which is a division of MGE. Their Ninja 2 case boasts a mix of cool styling with functionality and affordability. Let’s take a dive and see how it fares.
The XG line of PC cases is built upon a heritage of popular styles that began with the Viper, Sidewinder, Ninja and Quantum. Now, that tradition of gaming case excellence and value continues with the launch of the highly anticipated Dragon, next versions of Viper, Sidewinder, Ninja and Quantum, and the new Serpent.
- FORM FACTOR – Micro-ATX & ATX
- POWER SUPPLY – 400W
- Drive Bay – 5.25″ 4
- Drive Bay – 3.5″ 2
- Drive Bay – INTERNAL 3.5″ 4
- USB – 2 (2.0)
- FIRE WIRE – Yes
- FAN – INCLUDED 1 x 80 MM LED fan in front
- FAN SLOTS – 3
- AUDIO/MIC – Yes
- PCI SLOTS – 7
- MATERIAL – 0.5mm SECC Steel
- BOX DIMENSIONS (DXWXH) – 478 x 240 x 546mm
- CASE DIMENSIONS (DXWXH) – 440 x 190 x 420mm
- CUFT – 1.98
- GW – 9.0KG
- NW – 8.0KG
- SATA – Yes
- 20pin + 4 pin – Yes
- ADDITIONAL FEATURES – Large ventilation area, Lighted panel, Stylish â€œNinja starâ€ design on side panel, Air Filter Mesh side window, Mirror paint coating
- COLOR OPTIONS – Black, Blue, Silver
I was impressed by the look of the Ninja 2′s packaging; it’s a simple black with the case name and ninja star logo in chrome lettering. That just says â€œcoolâ€ to me. Even though I am not here to review the packaging for this case, I have to mention the carrying handle on the top of the package. That handle comes in handy, both before and after installation. Since installing the Ninja 2 I have taken my computer to a few friends’ houses and I use the original box the case came in to carry the computer from place to place. The box provides cover from the elements and the carrying handle easily supports the weight of both the case and components inside, making it ideal for gamers on the way to LAN parties. After I finished admiring the packaging, I actually opened the box and looked at the case itself. I have to say for a budget case it looks pretty sweet. We have received the silver model for review.
The Ninja 2 has smoother curves and less aggressive styling than the original Ninja. The clear side panel of the original ninja has been dropped in favor of a mostly solid side panel stamped with the Ninja Star logo and a mesh covered air vent opening. I would have preferred to see either the clear panel stay or perhaps to have fan mounts on the opening to provide better cooling because the mesh is very restrictive to air flow. The stamped ninja star logo on the side looks nice but it could have been better accentuated by just adding paint or something to make it stand out more. When looking at the proper angle, the logo almost disappears.