When first opening the case, you may notice that the case is organized well and everything is geared towards a tight fight in the smallform factor. The hard drive bays are installed to the right of the case if you’re looking at the front bezel, the external 5.25” bays occupy the space in the center, and the power supply resides in the upper rear portion of the layout.
The overall layout here isn’t much different from most smallform cases on the market, as the Envi does have a more traditional layout without many feature-rich accoutrements. The top and side panels are fully removable and do allow quite a bit of access into what is essentially a rather small space.
As with most smallform cases, and no exception with the B-Envi, the hard drive bay is removable, and installing the hard drives is really quite easy, though it does take a bit more time since the caddy must be removed to install the drives. This is the price you pay, however, for a smallform case, and there’s nothing negative here about the drive caddy, it is removed quickly by a couple screws, and the drives are held in place with a couple screws. It is handy to use a long screwdriver when assembling components into the Envi, since the compact layout is likely to make it more difficult to get your hands deep into the case. So keep a long screwdriver…….handy.
The Bgears B-Envi has a removable motherboard tray. Taking it out just requires taking out two screws in the back of the case, and then pulling it out towards you. This makes assembling a system exceptionally easy for a small case.
At the rear of the case is a a 120mm blue LED fan for cooling, and it has a 4-pin Molex connector, so no chance to connect to your motherboard and control the speeds here. The fan, however, is very quiet and does provide good airflow. In a smallform case, airflow and cooling is critical (and difficult to achieve if you have cables going willy-nilly everywhere), and the temperatures here are very respectable and no issues with overheating. The position of the fan compared to the hard drive bay especially helps keep your hard drive(s) cooler, and overall airflow is helped further by a CPU fan that will suck the air upward and into the rear 120mm exhaust fan. Ideally, you would have a GPU that has a rear-exhausting heatsink design to prevent hot air being dumped inside the case, so that’s something to keep in mind here.
The Power supply in this case goes towards the top rear of the case. A Power supply is not included in this case, but it can accommodate any regular power supply, but you would likely have problems with an elongated one. But if you have a need for a 1200w monster, then you probably wouldn’t be using a smallform case anyways, so it’s a moot point. Suffice it to say that your power supply should have no issues with clearance here. If, however, for some strange reason you have a longer power supply, you may run into a bit of difficulty with the rear power cable in/out of the optical drive, which may get in the way. Your best bet here is to probably use a modular power supply to keep cable management tidy and conflicts to a minimum.
The B-Envi has two 5.25” bays at the front-center of the case. To install an optical drive, you must remove the front bezel of the case. Again, a puzzle-piece type of assembly that is standard on most smallform cases. Beyond that, installing the optical drive is fairly easy, and most optical drives should fit. For the top 5.25” bay there is a flip-down drive for when it is opened, a nice little touch.
As with any case, this case does have a couple features that do happen to stand out. The two that could really stand out, would be the Touch-Sensitive LEDs for controls on the bottom, and the 2.5” IDE HDD enclosure. The touch-sensitive controls include HDD activity light, power control, restart control, and the option to lock it so when accidentally touched it won’t shut down or restart your PC. To power these LEDs, there is this 20/24pin adapter for the P1 connector on the power supply, which includes a wire that hooks up to the front LEDs. This is a really nice feature to see on a case like this, and works very well with just one little issue: when you touch the buttons, they beep. It would be nice to have the ability to mute the sound or something similar. Not a big deal, but the option would be appreciated. Other than that, the touch-sensitive controls are well done.
The other bonus feature here is the 2.5” HDD enclosure. For those of you that may have an 2.5” extra hard drive lying around, this is a great feature for extra storage. You can either use an included USB cable to use it on other PCs, or slide it into the docking bay that utilizes an internal USB port.
With the Removable Motherboard tray, installing the motherboard should be no issue. Same with the hard drive bays. When installing an Optical Drive in the 5.25” bay, if you want to screw everything in, be sure to wait till after screwing everything in to put the hard drive cage back in as the last item. There is a “proper” order to assemble components in this case, so be sure to take your time to avoid hassles at the end.
Perhaps the most difficult part of the installation will be connecting the small F-Panel wires into your motherboard when completing the build…..not a big deal really. However, the metal is a bit thin and flimsy, and there are a couple sharp edges, so definitely be careful during installation.
As you can see, the B-Envi looks great and manages to fit quite a bit of hardware into a compact form.