Abstract: There are a lot of choices out there, and hoosing one solely depends on what you are planning to do with your computer now, as well as what you are planning to do with your computer in the future.
The above picture shows the bottom half of the inside of the Q500. The upper half is just about as big as the bottom half. Like I said, this is a BIG A__ case. On the top right you will notice the the 3 1/2" cage.
This picture obviously depicts the upper half of the case. On the very top right is the slot for the 3 1/2" floppy drive, and right behind it another slot for a 3 1/2" hard drive, which is occupied by my Seagate Barracuda. Like I said earlier, right above the power supply, there's plenty of room for an additional power supply.
Likes and Dislikes
The ATX in the Q500's name is
actually a bit misleading. This case doesn't only accommodate ATX style
motherboard, but also full size and baby AT boards. So the Q500 is quite a bit
versatile. The fact that pretty much everything comes apart with ease combined
with its ample room makes it very easy to work inside.
One of the coolest things about this case is the fact that there's no need
to remove your cards in order to remove your motherboard. All you have to do is
remove the tray screws, disconnect the motherboard power wire along with the
front panel LED and power switch wires, and just slide it out motherboard,
including your cards in one easy step.
Very nice indeed. Another feature that I really like about this case is the
front panel main power switch. The switch makes a definite CLICK when you push
it, versus the soft switches that I've been seeing lately. Speaking of switches,
the power supply also features an ON/OFF switch, just in case you want to turn
the power off immediately. One little but very thoughtful touch about the case
are the front panel status and power wires.
Instead of being all separate which usually end up getting bunched up and messy, InWin formed them into one ribbon cable. The construction of the metal panels inside the case is solid and everything seems to fit exactly right. There are no sharp edges so there's virtually no risk of cutting yourself while working inside.
My one complain
about this case is the lack of an additional fan for the front of the case.
There's a cage there, but no fan. I thought it was kinda cheap on InWin's part.
As much money as you spend on the case, they could had easily included an extra
The InWin Q500 is definitely a top notch computer case. Attention to detail, great quality and abundance of features make this case worthwhile your consideration. As a matter of fact, in my opinion this is probably the best case I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Of course, it goes without saying, that its large size will be problematic for some people, which is very understandable. Aside from that, if you are in the market for a new case, this is definitely one that deserves you attention.