«Léonie, you have an eye for pretty things, don’t you?», my dear colleague Dominik said to me one day. «You must be one of those people who can tell if a piece of furniture is stylish.»
«Ehm, yes … but that’s a question of taste», I answered.
«Wouldn’t it be fun if you judged PC cases by their looks?»
«I’m a laptop user.»
I must mention that at the time of this conversation, I’d only had one cup of coffee and didn’t have enough energy to fight Dominik off.
«That’s going to be awesome», he went on to say.
That’s how it all started.
A PC case is one of the things I’ve never been and never will be tempted to buy. They’re bulky, impractical and rarely appealing. A laptop is all I need. My first search for “PC case” in our shop produced 992 results…ninehoundredandninetytwo! What on earth have I gotten myself into?
I need a cup of coffee.
PC cases as such can’t «do» anything, so all I’m judging is what they look like – from my very own perspective, which is the perspective of someone who’d rather place her Bialetti coffee maker on a gas cooker than pressing the button on a modern capsule machine. Just because The Bialetti needs less space and is a design classic. You get the point: This PC case ranking is going to be highly scientific and professional. The models were chosen randomly, with the exception of one (see 4th place).
6th place: the fake toy
When I first saw this case, I thought it was a marble run. I don’t know anything about PC cases, but at a proud price of 1200.–, you’d think it might have more functionality than just being a case. It doesn’t. And you shouldn’t put marbles in it either.
Full Tower D-Frame 2.0 blue, Lim Edi
Stylish PC case in cool white and clue – the steel tubing structure is hand-made and turns every case into a limited edition.
5th place: the bacteria paradise
This model reminds me of the incubator we used to have at school to breed E. coli bacteria. Only thinking about it disgusts me. This PC case is not suitable for a lab; it could be confused with an incubator too easily.
The Tower 900 Snow Edition (Full tower)
This case combines innovation and enthusiasm and leaves no wishes ungranted. It's spacious, elegant and of high quality. The dream of every do-it-yourselfer.
4th place: the award winner
Following Dominik’s wish, the TRISTELLAR with revolutionary shape, which won the «IF Design Award», was one of the models I judged. I liked the matte coating, but the rough surface attracts dust and fluff. I prefer a more subtle look, so this isn’t for me. However, it could look good as a single decorative element in a cold, almost sterile room. But let’s be honest, is that what your home looks like?
3rd place: the tolerable on
Sure, it’s not pretty and it could do with a better name, but its minimalistic design and sleek stand make the «NZXT H440 V2 Window» look light and airy compared to other models. No matter if a Scandinavian or modern look rules your home, this simple case could blend into any interior.
H440 V2 Window (Midi Tower)
The perfect compromise between versatility, features and compactness. All of this is NZXT’s usual great quality.
2nd place: the army case
It’s a bit too bulky in my opinion, but this case has potential. I really like the honeycomb shape around the cooling and the red button. This military-style case could definitely look good in an industrial-style flat.
Vengeance C70 (Midi Tower)
Military look all the way: When it’s time to take your competitive gaming on the road, the Vengeance C70 mid-tower PC case is a great choice. It’s crafted out of solid steel and made to survive trips with less wear and tear, and the ergonomic carry handles help you move your gear with confidence.
1st place: the gentle giant
It has an elegant shape, it’s subtle and it comes with a stand – I’ve found my personal favourite. This case has a round shape and doesn’t look as boxy and bulky as other models. It has to be the most «feminine» of all PC cases. Imagine it came in more colours, sage, taupe or grey-blue, for example. That would make this case perfect.
CHF 120.–instead of 145.–1
Portal Mini-ITX, schwarz
Transcending from traditional boxy cases, the BitFenix Portal redefines case-design for compact ITX chassis. Striving to balance aesthetics and functionality, the eye-catching shape of the Portal is paired with a unique interior structure.
I must admit, I was a little bit disappointed when I started looking for PC cases. The ones I found looked very “manly”: They were either black or anthracite and the only ones that were slightly colourful had a formula 1 racing car design. How come? Of course, I’m not exactly their target group and I’m not saying there should be pink cases, but please, someone, come up with an elegantly designed case for those PC users who care about looks, too.
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