you've been scouting out a new case recently you've no doubt
noticed the sheer number of different types, styles and
manufacturers available. From over-the-top tacky plastic
jobs to super-pricey all-aluminium prestige cases it's all
out there. So why, when it came time to replace my personal
system case, was I struggling to find something suitable?
brief wasn't too fussy, I wanted to ditch the front drive
door as it was getting a bit tiresome, I wanted 120mm fans,
I wanted a side window and I wanted excellent build quality.
Aside from that I was open to all comers.
are lots of extremely good cases on the market at the moment,
and therein lies the problem. I don't want extremely good,
I want great!
Among the "extremely good" cases
I've looked at are the genuinely tidy WaveMaster from Cooler
Master which lacked the 120mm fans, the equally slick Shark
and Tsunami from Thermaltake which were near-contenders
but for the front doors, and one or two others I've had
a chance to fondle and dismiss for various reasons.
In the end I took a gamble and decided to
order a case I hadn't actually seen in the flesh, but was
it a gamble that paid off? Join me as I review the Chenming
Gaming Bomb II.
First, the specs:
original Gaming Bomb was actually a very good case, but
it was just that touch too showy for my taste. That said,
compared to some of the "Transformer" styled cases
around it almost looks boring.
Chenbro have been on the scene since 1983, though I think
it's fair to say that it was their Gaming Bomb and Xpider
cases that first got them noticed in the enthusiast sector.
Their Taiwanese factory was only opened in '95 while their
Chinese factory came later in '97. They must be proud of
the Gaming Bomb's front panel design as they've actually
it. Considering they claim to have produced the world's
first PC tower case back in 1986, they've only recently
seen their profile escalate, certainly outside of Asia.
Anyway, to the review, let's start be taking a tour of
what you get.