The Colossus mini ITX chassis’ short and stout stature actually adds to its presence. It appears bigger than it is, harkening back to the first Colossus which appears as large as a well-lit fortress. The box shape and sharp angles leaves the Colossus ITX defined while the LiteTrak offers a bit of playfulness without going into the realm of being overly flashy. I love the Litetrak system and hope to see it on future products. Next time having RGB controls to allow for endless color possibilities using software would be welcomed. The outer shell of the Colossus is really what this review was about as the innards are a small update to a design that received almost every award that can be bestowed to a case. The Prodigy did wonders for making building small form factor systems possible again. The platform mounting plate, standard size PSU location, removable bays, longer GPU support, and great cooling options in such a confined space all went on to make the original Prodigy a phenomenon that sparked a race in the SFF market.
So why mess with a good thing? Bitfenix didn’t change too much to the inside because there really wasn’t much to correct. We now have small tweaks here and there to offer slightly better cable management and added air flow. It was the outside that was the show, although not everyone was a fan of the original Prodigy since it was reminiscent of a particular fruit named company’s flagship product. I even heard the word “cutesy” being used to describe the predecessor to Bitfenix’s current lineup of mini ITX cases. I personally don’t agree with that description, but I do understand how one could want something that appears a bit grittier.
At the end of the day this is a major facelift to a product already beloved. I see nothing wrong with offering very different aesthetics to match the desires of a different group of buyers. Heck I think it was brilliant to offer the same capabilities with different looks instead of trying to reinvent the wheel every time.
Building this system didn’t have me overturning years of bias and swearing off large cases in favor of teeny titans. It did, however, leave me with a bit more respect for those that engineer SFF chassis and parts. They are forced to design just about every feature we take for granted in a fraction of the space. That limited space still presents me with challenges. Regardless, with award winning insides, unique styling on the outside, great quality and that awesome Litetrak lighting system, the Colossus easily earns the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.