- Elegant design
- Solid build quality
- SofTouch surface
- Support for long graphics cards
- Great cable management options
- CPU Cooler retention cut-out
- Tool-less HDD Cage and 5.25 inch bays
- Dust filters for PSU and front intake fans
- Two 120mm fans included
- Water cooling holes
- No front panel USB 3.0 ports
- No 3-pin fan connector to 4-pin molex adapter for power
BitFenix Shinobi is a case which comes with all the essential features and a very elegant design without putting a dent in your pocket. It has very good cable management features, completely tool-less bay drive mounting mechanism, good cooling and above all is its SofTouch surface which gives it a very premium feel. It comes with a two 120mm pre-installed fan which provides adequate cooling for most gaming components but you can install three more fans to go one step ahead. The pre-installed have very reasonable noise levels so you shouldn’t be worried about changing them if you are aiming towards a low-noise build. BitFenix also threw in dust filters on intake fans, this is a very small thing but it can really help the user in the long run.
BitFenix designed Shinobi to give users room for future upgrades, it has ten 3.5 inch HDD bays; you would never run short of them. It has support for longest graphics cards that are currently available so you wouldn’t have to upgrade your case if you are upgrading your graphics card.
There are a couple of things I would like to improve in Shinobi. To begin with, I would add USB 3.0 connectors on front panel. Ever since Intel Sandy Bridge came out, USB 3.0 has started to show up in each and every board, memory manufacturers have also started to make use of it; it’s a must-have thing now. Second thing is that I would include 3-pin fan connector to 4-pin molex adaptor to power the included fans with PSU. As this case is geared towards budget users and budget oriented motherboards usually don’t have enough 3-pin fan headers so the adaptor is another must-have thing.
Overall, BitFenix Shinobi is a great case if you are on a budget, possibly the best case I’ve ever seen with such a moderate price tag. It bags away our ‘Recommended Product’ and ‘Maximum Value’ awards.
UPDATE: Our local BitFenix distributor just told me that from now on Shinobi will come with atleast two USB 3.0 ports at the front.