The Antidote To Tedium: 11 Midi Tower Cases Bring Excitement to the Desktop



No midi tower succeeds perfectly in reconciling demands for attractive design and quality workmanship. Cases with extravagant shapes and colors may attract attention, but once you open them up and start installing the hardware, it's clear that a lot of second-rate work has gone into them. That includes things like front panels that nearly break off when you open them, or even cases that come apart entirely when unpacked. In this area, all of the manufacturers could stand to learn a thing or two. A study of the target market would surely be a good start. The more conservatively-designed cases also leave much room for complaint. While the amount of sharp metal both inside and out has been reduced, the manufacturers of some cheaper cases still seem like they haven't heard of filed edges.

Our two test winners prove that cases taking very different design approaches can both be good. Jeantech's JNAF600 aluminum midi case is exceptionally well made, although we did not evaluate the cooling system. We really liked the front panels, which, like the rest of the case, are made of brushed aluminum instead of the usual plastic.

The SilverStone SST-TJ06 scores big with its many expansion options, excellent workmanship and simple hardware installation.

Siggy Moersch