Using aluminum body and side panels, the construction quality of this case is impressive providing a very sturdy looks. We liked the upper handles, which facilitates a lot the transportation of your computer, especially if you have tons of parts inside, which make the computer very heavy. The feet that are actually handles identical to the top handles is also an excellent feature for the same reason. Its size and fans will surely keep you computer running very cool.
Another highlight of this product is the number of connectors (four USB ports, one FireWire port, one eSATA port and mic in and headphones jacks), protected by a motor mechanism activated by touch.
The main problem with this case is its cost: USD 240, on average, in the USA. This heavy price tag keeps this product away from Average Joe. Unless you are just a rich kid buying a case just to show it off to your friends you will need to think twice before buying this case even if you have the money, because it isn’t a perfect product and if you are a savvy enthusiast you may want to take a look at a different case if you are not comfortable with the limitations of this case.
These limitations include:
- Absence of speed control for the fans (don’t forget to remove the power adapters that come attached to the fans and connect them directly to the motherboard for monitoring the speed of the fans through your favorite monitoring program).
- Even though the number of fans is more than enough, it could have come with more fans (in particular the bottom fan) especially because of its price.
- Even though four hard disk drive bays are more than enough for 99% of users, this case could have come with one more hard disk drive cage, which would expand the amount of hard disk drive bays to eight – and this second cage could be easily removed by users that wouldn’t need it. After all, this case is mainly targeted to high-end enthusiasts, and is not uncommon for this kind of user to have more than four hard disk drives.
- It is not a 100% tool less case, as its screwless mechanisms are only for 5.25” devices; you still need to use regular screws to install hard disk drives to the case.
- It doesn’t come with individual rubber rings for each hard drive screw, which would reduce the noise produced by each drive.
Of course we wouldn’t be picky about these limitations on a USD 50 product, but if we are paying USD 240 on a case, we want to have a “flawless” product – what, unfortunately, isn’t the case of Cosmos S.
Cosmos S is a good case, don’t get us wrong. We only think it is too expensive for what it brings.