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Rosewill Legacy W1 Mini-ITX Computer Case Review

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Rosewill Legacy W1 Overview

Let’s start with a look around the outside of the Rosewill Legacy W1 computer case…

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The W1 uses a 2mm-thick brushed aluminum alloy for the exterior panels like many other cases in the Legacy line. The entire front, sides and top are comprised of single aluminum sheets for each panel (2mm thick on the sides and top, 1.5mm thick for the front), lending a clean appearance to the entire product. The front bears a passing resemblance to a certain NCase M1, but this version is quite a bit larger.

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While the rear of a case typically showcases the interior layout, the Legacy W1 also reveals a level of workmanship that I’m not accustomed to with Rosewill cases (Rosewill generally contracts with other OEMs for their cases, for the Legacy series that looks to be Jonsbo). It’s almost a bit unfair to the Rosewill brand, since as far as cases go that brand is made up of many different manufacturers. For example, my previous mention of Rosewill’s Thor V2 was based on Aerocool’s XPredator line of gaming cases. Anyway, although it’s hard to capture in a picture, there’s something about the clean lines and smooth machining that tells you this case is in a different category. The mesh that covers the included 140mm exhaust fan (also drilled to accept 120mm) is nicely crafted and extruded a little to reduce noise. It should be simple to remove too, if you want zero restriction for additional airflow.

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The overall profile is reminiscent of BitFenix’s Prodigy-based enclosures. At 242 x 362 x 357 mm (or 9.53″ x 14.25″ x 14.02″), the dimensions of the Legacy W1 almost match those of the mini-ITX Prodigy (the Prodigy is a little taller with the addition of the curved handles). If you thought the Prodigy was somewhat large for a mini-ITX enclosure, you’ll likely feel similar about the W1 – although it is ever so slightly more compact without the curved handles.

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All of the machining is very exact and smooth. The aluminum alloy panels fit together with a minimum of flex, and the tolerances seem to be very precise. The gaps between the panels (remember, these are completely tool-less panels – no sliding rails or thumbscrews!) are practically non-existent, and everything just gives the impression of quality. I’ve worked with similar tool-less panels with SilverStone’s FT03 Mini, and while these feel a little thinner than the panels on the FT03 the mounting pegs are quite a bit more substantial.

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The right side of the Legacy W1 contains a few cutouts for the headphone/microphone jacks and the two USB 3.0 ports, but is otherwise featureless. The windowed version of the Legacy W1 adds a window to this side that showcases both the motherboard and power supply compartments – we’ll see how those are arranged on the next page.

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The top panel also uses a single 2mm aluminum alloy sheet, and those slots are drilled to accept 140mm fans (both 240/280mm radiators and fans should fit up here as well). There’s a fine mesh underneath to trap dust on the way in (or out), but you’ll have to clean it out with compressed air since the filter itself is non-removable.

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The bottom displays a few tie-down points for cable management, and the two 2.5″ drive mounting points on the “floor” (complete with vibration-dampening grommets). The intake filter for the power supply fan is removable, and slides rearward pretty easily. You might find it tricky to replace by feel though, as the sliding “rails” are just screw posts with wider heads – you’ll have to get your angles exact on the way in, since the filter has a tendency to rotate around those first two posts. Ultimately, a minor complaint though – the fact that the filter is removable is the main thing. Other than that, the front panel hides a pretty wide channel for airflow to the front fan – everything behind those front-panel curves is available to feed the included 140mm intake fan.


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2 comments

  1. BRUCE NORMANN

    That’s a very nice layout inside. I especially like two things: the horizontal motherboard with lots of room for cooling, and the HDD cage design. The looks aren’t bad, either….!

  2. realneil

    Rosewill is a good brand.
    I have two Rosewill cases, a Blackhawk, and a Blackhawk Ultra. They’re both of quality construction and well designed with the consumer in mind.
    Lots of room in both of them.

    I bought a pair of Rosewill Hive 750W power supplies about six months ago too. They are quality too.

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