BitFenix Shinobi Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅10-03-11

So lets go in for a closer look. The front of the Shinobi is, as I have said nice and simple. As with all of BitFenix's cases we have SofTouch which is a surface coating that provides you with a smooth feel, and has anti-scratch features. Running on either side we have perforated mesh strips that run right from the bottom of the case to the top and back. 3 x 5.25" drive bays are present and a BitFenix metallic emblem is positioned right in the center. This carries with it the elegance and simplistic of the Shinobi's styling. In the Survivor and Colossus cases we have been familiar with a neon glowing insignia, none such with the Shinobi.

Around the back we have an opening at the bottom for mounting the PSU. Moving up, large mesh perforations and 2 rubber grommets for looping tubes/cables through. Surprisingly for a case of its size the Shinobi has 7 expansion slot covers for PCIe. Further up we have a rear exhaust fan which is 120mm. It's good to see that BitFenix are now deciding to integrate this traditional component, if you are familiar with their other cases this element is usually absent.

Front and back of the Shinobi - simple and elegant

Removing the front fascia reveals a pre-installed 120mm fan in the bottom slow and above it another slot for a 120mm fan to be installed. Behind these fans, on the fascia side is a sheet that acts as a filter, this can be removed and clean/washed.

Front pops off to reveal 2 x 120mm slots

The front panel on the Shinobi sadly has USB3.0 missing which is a shame as this is now becoming a standard case feature. On the front panel we have 4 x USB 2.0, headphone and microphone jacks with activity lights above them for power and HDD and a large power button with accompanied reset button.

The front panel of the Shinobi

Moving to the top of the Shinobi this region features mesh panelling which would indicate positions to install case fans and indeed we can. At the top of the case we can install 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm case fans.

This top section can actually be removed quite easily by getting your fingers underneath the grove towards the back of the case and lifting up. The top pops off to allow you to fix those screws into place should you choose to install some fans at the top of the Shinobi.

The top can accommodate 2 x 140mm or 2 x 120mm case fans

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