Corsair Obsidian Sequence 350DW Case Assessment

With well over a dozen members in four case families, Corsair offers cases at nearly every price and form factor relevant to high-end system builders, including six Obsidian products between $ 100 and $ 350. The top of this bracket, as you probably know, is held by the Supertower 900D, followed by the Full Tower 800D for $ 240 and the Middle Tower 650D for $ 190.

Notably, the Corsair lineup lacks the 700D, a discontinued model that had the hot-swappable drive bays and side window removed from the 800D to make it more affordable. While the 700D was $ 50 less than the 800D, it was still too expensive for the average systems builder, especially given the many other attractive options in the under $ 200 area – not least from Corsair itself.

On the cheaper side of the Obsidian series, the company has the $ 120 550D, a central tower with an emphasis on quiet operation. While the 550D is a bargain at its current price, it's still about twice as expensive as many popular center towers like the HAF 912. Corsair has tried to fill that void with a new case that is both smaller and cheaper than before Obsidian falls.

The newcomer with the brand name Obsidian 350D combines the functions of its siblings in an affordable microATX package and has the same clean, black brushed aluminum finish, a handy tool-free design and innovative cable management. While the base 350D retails for around $ 90, a second edition is $ 110 and has a window (as indicated by adding a W to the model number: 350DW).

Both editions are enthusiastic and offer ample space for liquid cooling, several 2.5-, 3.5- and 5.25-inch drives, as well as two full-length graphics cards, five expansion slots and five fan mounting points that accommodate two 240 mm – Radiators offer Because of its features, price and our affinity for small enclosures, the 350D has the potential to become one of our top favorites – certainly among Corsair's offerings.

Obsidian 350DW External design

The Obsidian 650D center tower was 21.5 inches long, 9 inches wide, and 20.5 inches high, while tipping a whopping 32.5 pounds on the scales. As a microATX case, the 350DW is inherently smaller, measuring 17.7 inches long, 8.3 inches wide and 17.3 inches. tall and only 13.3 pounds – more compact and much lighter than many of its competitors, such as the Thermaltake Chaser A41.

Surprisingly, most of the case was made of steel despite its low weight. Only the facade is made of aluminum, but a large part of it is also made of plastic. The key to lightweight design lies in its compact size. As soon as we step inside the 350DW, you will find that there are not many steel accessories left.

The Obsidian 350DW is only available in black with housing. Although the design seems very simple, it is far from boring. The dark, matte finish gives it a very stealthy look that appeals to those who prefer a more subtle design, while the case window could be fitted with aftermarket lighting for a bolder look.

The front bezel looks very chic and while there are visible I / O ports, they don't detract from the design. At the top you will find a pair of audio jacks, two USB 3.0 ports and a small reset button. The power switch is at the very top and has blue LED lights on either side. The effect is pretty cool.

Given its sleek aesthetic, there aren't really any distinctive features on the front of the 350DW. Next to the two 5.25-inch external drive bays is a large removable cover that hides a massive dust filter that covers the front intake fans. Removing this cover is very quick and easy, as is removing the dust filter.

There is a large grill on top of the case that can accommodate a pair of optional 120mm or 140mm fans. If you want water cooling, you can also install a large cooler with two fans.

Both case doors are secured with thumbscrews, while the left has a window where you can view your hardware.

Turning the 350DW on its side reveals a filter that prevents power from building up from the floor while preventing dirt from sliding into the case. Corsair also built in four large feet that lift the 350DW an inch above the floor, allowing for adequate airflow under the case.

On the back, the 350DW looks like any other microATX case, although we should point out that the matte black finish continues on the back as well. Above is the motherboard I / O panel and opposite a pre-installed 120 mm fan behind another honeycomb grill.

The 350DW has five expansion slots and three 1-inch holes for water-cooled tubing, while the power supply bracket is located at the bottom of the case – the norm these days.

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