Published on Sunday, 15 June 2014 23:43
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As far back as i can remember all my friends were always looking to find the weirdest looking PC case to house their brand new systems and although i once followed their lead by choosing the quite remarkable (for its time) Xaser III by Thermaltake I’ve always liked elegant models without many bells and whistles on the outside (interior space and build quality have always been the two most important things for me). For good or bad lately most manufacturers out there have been focusing mostly in the design and manufacture of strange looking towers (some for example base design on sports cars) to try and attract as many "young" people as possible and although that's understandable many times we see build quality and interior space placed last (an exception to that rule although it could have been even better is the Cosmos II). COUGAR may not be one of the oldest PC case manufacturers in the market but they have released quite a few interesting models and today on our test bench we have their brand new MX500 Midi Tower.
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What you will appreciate or hate with the MX500 right from the start (i happen to like it quite a bit) is its design since unlike for example the Challenger or the Evolution (again by Cougar) it has a far more elegant and simple design that allows it to blend in most areas a lot easier (you can even place it right next/beneath your TV set). Features-wise the MX500 may not have something unique (a nice anti-glide surface is present at the top but that's not something important) but it does offer plenty of interior space including room for the longest graphics cards (410mm), 7 fans (or 5 fans and a dual 240/280mm radiator at the top), three 5.25" optical drive bays, 7 tool-free 3.5/2.5" drive trays (or 4x3.5" and 3x2.5") and 1 "hidden" 2.5" drive space (requires screws to secure the drive). True just by reading the specs-sheet the MX500 doesn't seem to have much other cases don't so let’s take a closer look and find out.