Chenbro have been makers of high quality cases for quite some time, they received critical acclaim and consumer success with their Xpider (PC61166) , this was a a favourite with Lan goers and gamers the world over. Never heard of it ? Perhaps you know it as the "gaming bomb", this was how it was marketed outside North America.
So whats the deal with Xpider 2? To put it simply Chenbro have listened to alot of positive and negative feedback from gamers and they took this input and added features to the Xpider II (PC61165) , the Xpider's successor.
for gamers" is quite a good catchphrase, but David Stellmack
(Director Of Marketing For Enthusiasts Products) is quick to explain
its not just all fluff: "Chenbro has made significant changes
to our design and engineering process to incorporate our gaming
team into the design cycle. Chenbro's sponsored gaming team -
"Team Chenbro" ( http://www.teamchenbro.com
) are real world gamers that involved in almost every aspect of
our engineering and design process".
The following additions/improvements have been made over the original design.
The Xpider II is available in two configurations -
The "Standard" Xpider II configuration which includes: Single 120mm rear dual ball bearing lighted UV reactive translucent lighted fan
The MSRP for the "Standard" Xpider II configuration is: $89.99 USD
"The "Plus" Xpider II configuration which includes: Rear 120mm dual ball bearing lighted UV reactive translucent lighted fan, 92mm front dual ball bearing lighted UV reactive translucent lighted fan, and FSP branded Aurora 350 watt Power Supply with clear lighted blue 120mm fan with variable speed control."
The MSRP for the "Plus" configuration is: $129.99 USD
"We use two top quality fans that are custom manufactured for us by a tier one fan manufacturer. We pride ourselves on the chassis being a by gamers for gamers product and that is evidenced by the high quality fans and PSU that we use in our case."
From looking at this information we can ascertain that if you subtract the rear fan in the standard configuration, the MSRP on the chassis would be about $79 USD MSRP, now when you add the two fans and the PSU, if you had to purchase them separately your total would be something in the region of $169 USD, which means that the user is saving about $30 or $40 USD by choosing the "Plus" configuration of the Xpider II. Seems the wise move to me anyway.
The views above show the quite original design work in the shaping and panelling structure, the side panel is shipped with a sheet of tin which you can keep on or remove depending on your preference, removing the panel is achieved by a keylock system on the back of the case.
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