From an aesthetics standpoint, the Raider does indeed continue the BitFenix trend of elegant and contemporary case designs, with beautiful subtle touches that add to the appeal. The smooth lines and matte finish contrast nicely against the mesh accents, while the look and feel of the SofTouch on the case is fabulous. Frankly, we love the uncluttered look; too often we think manufacturers try to make their products somehow more "extreme", but in so doing, they end up with "ugly". That’s certainly not the case here, as BitFenix hasn’t succumbed to that mistake; the Raider has a touch of classic elegance to it. And the build quality of this chassis is excellent, which is honeslty a bit surprising for the price point.
With mid-towers becoming more robust and affordable than ever, it’s nice to see companies making good use of what consumers get for their budget. At $90, the Raider isn’t exactly out of the budget-friendly range and it’s not exactly in it either, making the most of the extra features a good bang for your buck. I really couldn’t ask for more at this price (other than a better mounting option for the case feet). Three Spectre Pro 120mm fans only sweeten the deal, and adding the four USB 3.0 connections was just shameless bragging on BitFenix’s part.
The Raider is a good balance of price and performance, which is what all consumers should be after. With the BitFenix Raider’s elegant and stealthy stylings, convenient features, and a competitive price, it will be hard to pass up.