Exterior Case Details
The magnetically-latched swing-open front panel is coated with BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment, which feels cool and resists fingerprints. It does look visually different from the black-painted steel of the case body, and this difference is evident from across the room. Opening the panel reveals three 5.25″ bays.
Below the 5.25″ bays is a removable dust filter; pressing both top corners releases it. There are mounting spaces for two 120mm intake fans; one is included with the case.
BitFenix sent along some LED-lit Spectre Pro fans for this review. These fans are rated at 56.22 cubic feet per minute of air flow at 18.9dB. With some BitFenix cases, you can control the lighting on these fans directly; but the Shadow doesn’t offer this feature, so I left the jumpers on the fans to keep the LEDs on all the time. You will need to remove the front panel to install or replace the front fans…
…and that involves removing four of these rather fiddly screws, two on each side. It’s not clear why BitFenix used that odd “metal claw” retainer rather than a simple washer, or for that matter why the front panel doesn’t simply snap off.
At the top front of the case are the power and drive activity LEDs, headphone and microphone ports, two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, and the power and reset buttons. It’s good to see a reset button, which many cases are excluding these days. Between the USB 2.0 ports and the power button are two additional buttons used to control the case lighting.
The Shadow comes with built-in, subtle, external case lighting, a rarity at this price point, although a common feature in BitFenix cases. A light-pipe strip at the bottom front of the case glows red or blue, and you can change the color, or turn the lighting off completely, using the switches at the top of the case.
Let’s take a look at the interior of the case in the next section.