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BitFenix offers a wide variety of cases ranging from flashy to simple; along with that comes a wide variety of price ranges and features. Today we will be looking at a brand new offering from BitFenix called the Shinobi Window. The Shinobi series was designed to offer dozens of great features while still staying in a low price range; this should make it a great case for many new system builders. With an MSRP of $69.99, the Shinobi Window is quite a bargain. The size and expandability of this case are really quite impressive when compared to other cases in the same price range. Keep reading to see how this case does in our testing. Overall the Shinobi Window is a pretty standard case. There are plenty of hard drive and optical drive slots to use as well as plenty of places to add additional fans. The size is quite nice as well because it offers plenty of space to use any hardware without issues but at the same time it is small enough to not dominate a desk. From the uniquely crafted side panel window and fan vents, to the brushed aluminum accents, Shinobi Window carries through the signature BitFenix design philosophy of clean lines, understated elegance, and modern styling. If looks could kill, a glance at Shinobi Window could be your last.
When considering a case for any project, an important consideration may be how much expansion you plan to do over the course of your build's lifetime. It's not exactly great if you want to add more hard drives, but the case you bought only accepts four hard disks and those bays are already taken. That's why it's important to consider a chassis wisely and if your intention is expanding to more than four 3.5" drives, then Bitfenix has a solution for you with the Shinobi case. The Shinobi offers you a total of eight 3.5" bays for your hard disk drives, and one of the eight can even accomodate a 2.5" or 3.5" device mounted externally, with the included 5.25" adatper. The bay converter also allows you to mount either a 2.5" or 3.5" SSD or HDD internally. These are just some of the many great features the Shinobi has to offer, with more expansion-related features than just these. If you're keen on finding out, read on while we take a closer look. At first glance, we don't know too much about the case, other than the fact we have the windowed version as opposed to the windowless. On the right side of the box we have a printed list of specifications and a look at the top front of the case.
BitFenix’s Shinobi Window manages to pack a whole lotta class into its miniscule frame. At 8.1 inches wide, 18.1 inches high, and 19.3 inches deep, the Shinobi Window is firmly in mid-tower territory. It’s made of steel and is painted matte black inside and out, with BitFenix’s smooth, rubberized SofTouch coating running up the front and top panel. The left-side panel includes a dark plastic window with a 12cm fan mount (fan sold separately) and the case comes with one filtered 12cm front fan (another is optional) and one 12cm rear exhaust fan. The top panel can hold two 12cm or 14cm fans (not included). The Shinobi accommodates ATX, microATX, and Mini-ITX mobos, and the tray has four cutouts for cable routing. It has seven PCI expansion slots and can take videocards up to 12.2 inches. It has three 5.25-inch bays, one of which includes an adapter for external 3.5- or internal 2.5-inch drive mounting. The eight hard drive mounts are toolless. Due to the lack of stock fans and cramped inner quarters, the Shinobi’s temperatures ran among the highest in our roundup in the thermal tests, but slapping a few more fans into it will improve that. For $70, it’s a classy-looking and surprisingly capacious case, and a hell of a deal.