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Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL

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Posted January 5, 2015 by Vinny Petronio in Cases & PSU

Overview

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Release Date: Jan.5, 2015
 
Price at time of Review: $179.99 MSRP
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Modular design, Build quality, Dual System capable, Lighting features, Water cooling ready to 80mm thick, Good cable management, Price, 5 year Warranty
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Piano gloss trimmed finish scratches easily.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Bottom line for the money spent.. you're getting a "Top Notch Case" with lots of features and a design that you won't find anywhere at this price range.
by Vinny Petronio
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Introduction:

Phanteks has moved to the top of our list as one of the premium manufacturers. Phanteks has been on the forefront as leader in the manufacturing of thermal solutions like high performance fans and air coolers. Phanteks this past year took the industry by surprise, when the company ventured into computer case manufacturing, by introducing for the very first time their award winning Phanteks Enthoo Primo full tower chassis. A chassis that was specifically designed for the computer enthusiast, and water-cooling aficionado.

Today what better way than to start our New Year but to have the pleasure of reviewing the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL and what looks to be a scaled down and smaller version of the acclaimed Enthoo Primo. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports many of its distinct features and designs, which includes multiple radiator support, modular HD cages, separate PSU area, and all aluminum look. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL is available in a satin black windowed version. Try imagining Primo, as it is anything but Mini, in a scaled down version, at a lower price.

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Without giving too much away the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL features support for dual operating systems, and for its small size at 260 mm x 550 mm x 480 mm (W x H x D) 10.2in x 21.7in x 18.9in is anything but mini. In addition, these dimensions looks to be more of a mid-size form factor then a mini. The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL sports a very spacious clean interior, making it very easy to build both air and water-cooling systems. Read on and see why this case has everyone here very excited, as we see how the Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL form factor stacks up against the coveted Enthoo Primo.

Our Thanks goes out to Phanteks for providing us with our review samples.

About Phanteks
“Phanteks was founded from a group of engineers with a total of 20 years of international experience in thermal solutions. They paired up with a Dutch design team and established Phanteks in 2007. Phanteks venture into the CPU cooling industry with two goals in mind, high-end quality, and innovative products in thermal solutions. As a relatively young company, we strive to develop top quality and superior products. Our Phanteks Design Team are situated in the Netherlands and consists of creative researchers, designers, and developers whose only desires are to bring the latest cutting-edge technology to you. We are continuously pursuing excellence in thermal solutions so that we can develop and bring satisfaction to the enthusiasts and computer users everywhere. Our goal is very simple, to be the best in the industry.”

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2 Comments


  1.  
    Sean

    What cases don’t scratch easily? Honestly are there affordable cases out there that don’t? Every case I have no matter how careful I am with them get dinged, scratched or just have paint fall off them. WTB better painted cases!




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      Vinny Petronio

      Sean thanks for your comments
      Yep your right two things we always point out are if they attract fingerprints,
      the other as you noted if they scratch easily, in this instance when installing
      Our PSU I inadvertently flipped some cables over the top of the right side scratching the beautiful piano black gloss finish and needed to point that out.

      Vinny





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