Here's the spec:
Motherboard Form Factor
Max CPU Cooler height
Max GPU Length
160(W) x 420(H) x 465(H)mm
Aluminium & Plastic exterior, Steel body
2.4" TFT, 240 x 320
2x USB 3.0, 1x Audio 1x Mic
1x 120mm Intake fan, 1x 120mm Exhaust fan
What comes in the box:
I really like this very unique feature as it gives a sense of individuality to the product and really lets you make your system personal straight out of the box.
However, if this doesn't tickle your fancy and you would just prefer to save money to not get this feature, BitFenix have you covered as always with their CORE version that comes cheaper enough to buy some sort of other aesthetic accessory for your system.
The ICON display does have one downside though and it's pretty much unavoidable give the cost of displays. As the LCD requires a backlight it will bleed light, therefore if you don't have a square logo and just use a black background, the black background will still be lighter and lit-up compared to the black plastic of the case and so the whole of the LCD is still visible rather than it showing just the logo.
The main feature of this back though that I like is the curved aluminium that goes around the case. It doesn't lengthen the case at all in practical use as your power cable alone will protrude far past it and the extra curves and beauty it offers from pretty much every angle is so worth the slight hassle it adds to getting access to your PCI mounting screws. It does also help quite a bit with picking up and carrying the case but this is definitely an aesthetics only addition to the case at least from the perspective of the designers.
Behind the buttons there is really only one thing to talk about and this is the massive circular meshed grill, of which the front I/O curves itself around. This easily removable mesh panel locks into place via two pressure catches on the left side of the case making it perfect for quickly removing and cleaning during your monthly(?) maintenance. The panel also sits nice and snug thanks to BitFenix's attention to detail, something we also saw very clearly on the Prodigy's top panel. Remiving the top panel and looking underneath shows that instead of going for the popular tight square mesh dust filtering that we commonly see, BitFenix have gone with a denser foam which will be better at filtering both dust AND noise but will also reduce airflow at the same time, a trade-off I can happily accept.
Sitting in the front we find a dual 120mm fan or 240mm radiator mount that sits further out from the case and more into the curved front fascia where it gets very good ventilation as we saw earlier. What makes this great for mounting radiators is the offset mounting sliders that accommodate any radiators regardless of the mounting distance between the fan mounts. This intake is also dust filtered but it is a nightmare to actually get to the filter.
As far as cable management holes go you do actually get a nice set-up in the Pandora. Rather than having multiple cut-outs up and down the motherboard tray, this case has only two down the right side but they are both large, long but thin holes that allow for all your cables to get through with ease, while still keeping a lot off the mess hidden. You do also get an 8 pin EPS cut out in the top left.
Other than cable management, the motherboard tray is pretty well set up for any environment with five expansion slots for if you want to keep a space between you graphics cards, a very large cut out for your CPU cooler bracket with up to a 134mm cpu cooler?. Graphics card support also sits in at up to 350mm but I would recommend trying to stay just a little short of that.
Above the motherboard tray right where the top removable grill is, is an included 120mm Spectre exhaust fan sitting in the rear of the case. As this is the only fan mount in the top and it's cramped, don't expect to be able to put in sort of water cooling here, the only support for that is the front. In front of this exhaust fan is your second 3.5" hard drive mount, an ungodly awful place for a large mechanical hard drive. While your are given anti-vibration pads for you hard drive to sit on, I wouldn't even consider using this mount as you are guaranteed to ruin the look of your system by doing so, if not by the drive itself, by the cables that then fall into the case from it. I would definitely recommend looking into a single high density hard drive and/or storing your media elsewhere.
Another issue that will hinder your cable management is the side panels. To achieve the smooth transition between the side panels and the rear of the case, BitFenix has had to change the mounting mechanism for the side panels from your normal screws to this type. The downside to this is that it doesnt take much pressure against the side of the case for the panel to pop off, perfect for the left side
As far as exterior designs go, the Pandora doesn't have much competition. While every case company out there is trying to achieve success with their blocky square cases that I do openly admit, I will always love, the Pandora focuses purely on curves and elegance. It's unintimidating looks has a very specific appeal that I can see many people liking and the way the side panels curve around the front and the thin profile, makes this case a pleasure to look at and spend time around.
The inside was never going to be as good as the outside but we knew that from the get go, no company can alter the laws of physics and they did very well with what they had. My main gripes with the interior are definitely in the area's of storage and cable management (as with every case ever). The cable management or lack thereof (due to size and side panel mounts) forces this case to need more work doing to it, to make it work how you want it to, but with a bearing likeness to the rotary engines of various Mazda coupe's, once you've put the initial groundwork in, you'll never have as much satisfaction with a 'normal' width case again. Storage is the worst thing to see go because of the cases form factor and I definitely think if they had pulled back a bit on style and maybe developed some sort of 'drop in' vertical mount for 3.5" drives, they could have easily fit in more drive bays while not impeding GPU length all that much. Every other part of the case from the easily removable dust filters to the 2.5" window display complement the case nicely, reminding you why you chose this specific case.
All in all I could argue every decision made in the design of this case but then also come up with my own counter-argument to it. This small case never wanted to hide in the crowd and that's what makes it so special. The ICON display has it's issues and BitFenix knows it's a marmite feature which is why in typical BitFenix fashion, you get more buying options that is probably necessary but it's why I like the case so much, there's an option here for everyone, the only question is, can you handle the entrance fee(Cable management work).
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