Riotoro CR280 Mini-ITX Computer Chassis: Page 4 of 7
Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look - Exterior
Riotoro’s CR280 case has a mesh front that starts with small holes at the top they grow larger as the go to the middle, and then shrink back down again. The Riotoro logo at the top is a very bright, almost florescent red. Two USB 3.0 Type A ports, 3.5mm headphone and microphone ports, a disk activity indicator, and the power and reset buttons are arranged symmetrically along the bottom edge of the case.
The right side of the case is a smooth black panel with the signature ‘T’ stamped into the top corner closest to the front. The side panel is held in place with a single thumb screw on the rear.
The top of the CR280 is a mesh similar to the front of the case, but has holes to install the included grommet’s and fan screws to add two additional 120mm fans to the top of the case.
The rear of the case is pretty typical. The Motherboard I/O cutout is next to a 120mm fan location, and it does come with a 120mm fan set up for exhaust. Below these is the double slot for GPU’s, and a screw cover panel. The bottom of the case has the cutout for the power supply, set up to be able to install the PSU facing up or down as you see fit.
Removing the single thrum screw next to the GPU slot covers gives you access to the mounting thumb screws that will keep your GPU secure.
On the underside of the case right at the front we find a hidden LED strip.
This LED strip will serve as a power on indication as well as provide an under glow accent effect. It’s not bright enough to be distracting and we think it looks quite nice!
Towards the rear of the case on the bottom is a filtered intake for your power supply.
The screen can be squeezed a bit and popped out of the holding tabs to be cleaned.
The main side panel has a window covering nearly half the panel. The outside has a scratch protection film on it, shown here partially peeled off. Unfortunately, the inside of the window does not have this film and appears to have suffered some scratching from the loose thumb screw bouncing around inside during shipping. We typically leave this film in place until the build is nearly complete to avoid leaving any accidental scratches ourselves.