During our last game bag roundup, we compared six unique cases ranging from BitFenix's $ 60 Shinobi center tower to the Cooler Master's $ 200 HAF-X full tower. Shortly after this review was published, some of you were disappointed that we didn't include anything from Corsair's popular Obsidian range, especially the new Obsidian 650D. Well here it is! We intend to explain the case thoroughly today.
Corsair published its first case about two years ago with the $ 299 Obsidian 800D, which found a large fan base among enthusiasts. With its boxy but sleek design and a clean, matte black finish, it seems that Corsair was at least a little inspired by Lian-Li's minimalist approach. In fact, it's fair to say that Corsair actually improved the formula, as many rated the 800D before similarly expensive Lian-Li cases.
Shortly after its initial success, the company released a thinned version of the 800D known as the 700D. The hot-swap drive bays and the side window have been removed to make the case more affordable. Although the 800D was around $ 50 less, the 700D was still a little too expensive for the average system builder, especially when you factor in the shipload of attractive solutions in the under $ 200 range.
In the hope of reaching a broader market, Corsair has since announced two more product lines: Graphite and Tungsten Carbide – the first is available now through Corsair.com and the second is yet to be shipped. Both series are more geared towards the mainstream enthusiast area. Prices start at around $ 100. In addition, the company has added a new center tower to its Obsidian range, of course the aforementioned 650D.
In many ways, the Obsidian 650D is a miniature version of the 800D so we can understand why many of you are passing out. At $ 190, you'll have a hard time justifying the price since it's one of the more expensive middle towers. Beyond that price point, the market is largely dominated by Lian-Li, and we suspect that most users looking to spend more than $ 200 on a chassis will want to go for a full tower model.
While we're sure it's not a pushover, the 650D definitely has a lot to prove. Let's continue to see what Corsair's new central tower brings to the table …