Rosewill Legacy W1 Mini-ITX Case Hands-On Preview
In terms of specs, here's what we've got:
Rosewill Legacy W1 HTPC Case Specs
|Model||Rosewill Legacy W1
Black & Silver Aluminum
|Clearance||CPU Cooler: full height
VGA length: full length (up to Titan Z)
PSU length: Up to Hercules PSU; max length.
|Cooling||1x140mm front, pre-installed
1x140mm rear, pre-installed
Support for 1x240mm/280mm radiator in the top.
|MSRP||$120; extra for window.|
Between the video and the specs table, we've really covered just about everything there is to know about the enclosure. Its MSRP is listed as $120 right now, but with such a competitive mini-ITX market, I'm really not sure how long that price will last. Corsair's got some excellent mini-ITX options for a good deal cheaper, SilverStone's SG09 is a case (micro-ATX, though) I liked so much that I'm personally using it, and countless alternatives exist in the same $80-$150 price range. It's a tight market. We just talked about Lian Li's high-quality LAN box, the PC-TU100 -- it's smaller than what Rosewill's got here, but is extremely portable. Your case selection will ultimately hinge on what you're planning to do with the build.
Not discussed in the video is the optional windowed side panel, which I'm told will cost $10-$20 more than the one we see here. The enclosure's shell is entirely aluminum and is built upon a steel frame; foam padding and plastic mount points are positioned in the right locations to prevent stripping the aluminum mounting joints. The frame is built in a way that compartmentalizes the PSU separately from the core components, making cable management a bit easier and controlling thermals to some degree. A total of 4x3.5" drives can be installed in front of the forward 140mm fan, 2x2.5" drives can be installed near the PSU, the board mounts horizontally to allow for max-length VGAs and CPU coolers, and a separate tray for liquid cooling is present if you'd like to sacrifice the slim optical drive.
The case is definitely interesting -- again, there's just a lot of competition. We'll keep you posted on this one.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.