Riotoro CR280 Mini-ITX Computer Chassis: Page 7 of 7
Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:00am
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Riotoro’s CR280 Mini-ITX Case is great little box with a layout supporting a full size ITX build with no compromises. Full size Graphics cards and full size power supplies are supported along with a 240mm cooler and more fans than most ITX cases. The right selection of components would certainly allow even a full custom loop in this case, something that can’t be said for most compact builds. Support for dual 2.5” drives and a single 3.5” drive should work for most users, and if you haven’t made the jump to solid state, all of the drives have vibration absorbing mounts to keep high speed platters from making a ton of noise.
Build quality is great; the solid steel construction feels solid and there are no sharp edges or overlooked details. The side panels are easy to slide into place, and the front snaps on and off easily. The fan filters are a great addition at this price point, but the filter at the top of the case can take a bit of patience to get reinstalled with the little push pins. The red LED underglow in the front was nice surprise, adding just a touch of style without being over the top. Small cases can be a headache for cable management, so the handful of zip tie rings stamped into the motherboard tray made securing all of the extra cable a breeze. Our only complaint with this case was the lack of scratch film on the inside of the window. The loose thumbscrew during shipping made some very noticeable scratches to the window that would have been easy to prevent.
Overall for the cost, this is a great case, and easily earns our ‘Best Value’ award. Great Job Riotoro!