I have never reviewed a ‘Gamer Case’ or as I call it and many others, a ‘Mini PC Tower Case’ and I have to admit when I first said yes to reviewing I stepped back and wondered. How do you review an empty unit and talk about it, in an interesting way for viewers to read and love, and even purchase this case. Well, after a little thinking I wrote down everything that the case has, its benefits its style, design and a few other aspects and this is now my review of the Cougar Mini Gaming Tower Case.
The Cougar Spike Gaming Tower would be best used by gamers that don’t have that much space, like to carry their equipment to LAN Parties and the best thing is, it’s damn cheap, on Amazon *£40.26 (20.02.2014)
Let’s look at the Design
Cougar has used, high quality plastic for its front panel, it does not feel cheap and nasty, which can be common with other cases of this price range. The front panel gives you access to install two 5.25” devices, something like CD Drives, Blue Ray Drives or DVD Drives. There is also a 3.5” bay, which allows you to install a 3.5 HDD maybe or older and not used that much by gamers a Floppy Drive.
The Mesh design towards the bottom of the case has the Cougar logo on it, and acts as an air filter, which allows you to install a fan inside, up to a 120mm.
Just above the mesh you get One USB 2.0 Port and One USB 3.0 Port and finally the standard Audio Jacks for sound out and microphone in.
Moving to the back of the case, there is a big hole to install the power supply at the top, underneath that is another hole this is where you place your motherboard panel. Pre Installed next to the Motherboard, Panel a Cougar 120mm Fan, which uses a three-pin fan connector, for its power.
Finally, at the bottom we have four expansion slots, with breakaway covers, with these you would normally attach, sound cards, wireless routers, Graphics Cards and other devices. There is one final thing, something seen to be used by many companies when selling their fully built systems, a warranty tab that allows companies to lock/seal their systems and prevent unauthorised people for accessing their system.
Side panels include once plain side and one that allow you to install Two 120mm Fans, both sides and be removed easily by unscrewing the thumbscrews on the back with your fingers, no need for a screwdriver.
Let’s now go inside, I have done some research in this section, yes, I went on Google and found out that this case does not have access to the back of the motherboard, I found many cases that offered this option and thought that was a very handy feature and something this case could have in a future update maybe.
The expansion ports allow you to fasten down your cards with standard screws, nothing special, but does the job. The case can hold up to a 13” Graphics card, so when looking for a new beast of a card just double check the length of it.
The bays 5.25” and 3.5”, the ones that you use to install Hard Drives and CD/DVD/Blue Ray do not require any tools or screws to hold in place, these are a simple click and release system. You are able to fit two external devices size 5.25” CD/DVD/Blue Ray), one 3.5” external device (Floppy Drive) and then another two 3.5” internal devices (Hard Drives) you can also install one 2.5” Hard Drive internally (SSD or Laptop HDD)
Now thinking back at what I just wrote and looked at while writing my review of the case, what did I like? Well the price is great, the design is nice, the quality is more that I expected. Now for the improvements and why, I would love access to the Motherboard from its underside once its installed and a way to tidy up all the cables. For a Gamer I seem to love the lights, maybe an implementation of some lighting would be awesome, like the logo could light up the fans and the Cougar print, anything really, it will make the case more attractive and let is stand out.
The Cougar Spike Mini Tower is nothing special, but does offer some exceptional ease of use and quality over its rivals, if you are looking for something that does its job well at a good price, this could be for you, if you are looking for something snazzier, then maybe not. I am going to give this case a 4/5 why? For a gamer, I just feel it needs a little more spark to get a gamer to purchase.
Technical Boring Stuff Now
|Case Type||Mini Gaming Tower|
|Motherboard Type||Micro ATX|
|External 5.25″ Drive Bays||2|
|External 3.5″ Drive Bay||1|
|Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays||2|
|Internal 2.5″ Drive Bay||1 (at bottom cover)|
|I/O Panel||USB3.0 x1 & USB2.0 x1, Mic x1, Audio x1|
|Cooling System||Front 80/90/120mm Fan x1pcs (optional)
Rear 80/120mm Fan x1pcs (optional)
Left Side 120mm Fans x2pcs (optional)
|COUGAR 120mm Fan (rear)||1 (pre-install)|
|Maximum Graphics Card Length||330mm|
|Power Supply||Standard ATX PS2 (optional)|
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