The Cougar QBX Mini ITX Case Reviewby E. Fylladitakis on November 13, 2015 8:00 AM EST
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Cougar originates from Germany and originally specialized in advanced computer peripherals. During the past few months we have looked at several of their high end peripherals and mice. The company however produces more than just keyboards and mice, having diversified towards PC power supply units and cases. Cougar however is not particularly well-known for their cases, even though they have nearly a dozen designs available. One of their most recent releases is the their first Mini-ITX case, the QBX, which was unveiled at Computex and even won a design & innovation show award in the process. This is the case that we will be reviewing today.
Cougar's marketing is making some very bold claims regarding the performance and capabilities of the QBX. "Powerful Graphics". "Massive Storage". "The Best Cooling of Its Class". And then we notice a $53 price tag, which makes everything sounding a little bit too good to be true. So today we are putting the QBX to the test to see for ourselves where the new case excels and where it falls short.
11.2 oz Coke can for size comparison
|Drive Bays||External||One slim ODD (slot-loading only)|
|Internal||1 × 3.5"
4 × 2.5"
|Cooling||Front||80 mm (optional)|
|Rear||92 mm (included)|
|Top||2 x 120 mm (optional)|
|Sides||120 mm (optional)|
|Bottom||2 x 120 mm (optional)|
|Sides||Up to 240 mm (only one 120 mm fan)|
|I/O Port||2× USB 3.0, 0× USB 2.0, 1× Headphone, 1× Mic|
|Power Supply Size||ATX|
|Dimensions||291 mm × 178 mm × 384 mm
11.46 in × 7.01 in × 15.12 in
|Prominent Features||· Expandible: Powerful Graphics
· Expandible : Massive Storage + ODD
· The Best Cooling of Its Class
|Price||$53 incl. shipping|
Packaging & Bundle
Cougar supplies the QBX in a relatively small (but tall) box that hints the proportions of the case. The artwork of the box follows the orange/black color theme of the company and is mostly based on pictures of the case itself. The main features of the case are clearly printed on the sides of the box. Inside the box, the lightweight case is well protected with Styrofoam and wrapped inside a nylon bag.
The bundle supplied with the QBX is very basic, which was not unexpected considering the retail price of the case. Inside the small cardboard box we found only a very basic leaflet with installation schematics, black screws and mounting hardware, two small cable ties and one nylon filter for a 80 mm fan.
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mr_tawan - Friday, November 13, 2015 - link> Ultiamtely once you have done the necessary homework, what you will find is that the Cougar QBX is a well-designed and high quality Mini-ITX case
Mr Perfect - Friday, November 13, 2015 - linkI'm not sure about the slot loading disk drive... At this point in time, the only disks I still use are for older games that you can't buy anymore. I'm not running those through a slot loader. Make it a slim drive with a normal tray. :)
SpartyOn - Friday, November 13, 2015 - linkI use my slot loader in my ITX for Blu-ray backups and burning home movies to Blu-ray/DVD for family. It's still helpful to have around.
Mr Perfect - Saturday, November 14, 2015 - linkOh, absolutely. I'm all for having an optical drive option, just not slot loaders. If it grinds a piece of dirt into the data surface of a classic game disk while feeding it, you've got to go to Ebay and try to find a new one that isn't outrageously expensive. Kinda of a niche problem, I suppose.
Some glorious day in the future, all game publishers will put their back catalog on GOG and this won't be a problem.
lodos - Friday, November 13, 2015 - linkAnyone know of a nice looking mini-ITX case with 2 or more externally swapping 3.5" drive bays? Thanks!
Mr Perfect - Saturday, November 14, 2015 - linkNot really. You might have better luck looking at rack-mountable cases, it's easy getting hot-swap bays in those.
ND40oz - Saturday, November 14, 2015 - linkSilverstone DS380, Lian Li has the PC-Q25 but you have to open the side panel to get to the hot swap bays.
UncleSlug - Sunday, November 15, 2015 - linkThere was this one from u-nas - http://anandtech.com/show/9508/asrock-rack-c2750d4... there's a 4 bay one also.
lodos - Sunday, November 22, 2015 - linkThanks guys! Going to look at these!
DanNeely - Friday, November 13, 2015 - linkLooking at that cable snarl makes me worry about how well a GPU would fit. I know you mentioned that longer cards would get in the way of modular cable connections; but without an alternate short 24pin cable I'm not sure how you'd be able to get a full card in and stuff the extra cable out of the way. I see a few other people've suggested an SFX PSU for space reasons; do they also come with shorter cables out of the box?