Corsair’s Obsidian series of PC chassis represents the apex of the company’s offerings in the market. Innovative and user-friendly, they’ve also been overkill for most users. Now, though, the 450D has come onto the scene, intent on proving that the Obsidians shouldn’t be the exclusive preserve of users with deep pockets. Does it live up to its pedigree?
Corsair entered the chassis market with its iconic Obsidian 800D way back in 2009. Even back then, I was impressed with that chassis’ design and aesthetic. At that time I couldn’t afford or justify getting the 800D, but I settled for its slightly more sensible and affordable brother, the 700D. To this day, it has remained as one of my all-time favorite PC chassis.
Fast-forward two years, and a third Obsidian chassis joined the ranks, the 650D. Our very own Ryan Perry reviewed it in May 2011. One year after that, the family welcomed another member, the smaller 550D. Both the 650D and the 550D, by the way, were good enough to earn Techgage’s Editor’s Choice award.
Last year, Corsair expanded the Obsidian range yet again. It introduced the gargantuan 900D as well as the scaled-down 750D. Although Techgage did not get a chance to review either chassis, I have to confess that I so dearly wanted to get my hands on the 900D. I just have this thing for well-designed, no-nonsense PC chassis that boast innovative features and all-black paint jobs.
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