Date: November 30th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Bitfenix
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BitFenix ships the Survivor in a black carton featuring only the name of the case, the logo and an address for the website. Inside…
…the Survivor comes wrapped in a plastic bag sandwiched between two Styrofoam blocks to protect it during shipment. This is a fairly standard practice in the industry and seems to work well. This example reached the lab in pristine condition.
The accessory pack is very complete including the lockdown straps and buckles, installation screws and other hardware, zip ties, drive adapter brackets, the S2 locking system, an padlock loop and a case speaker. While this example comes with a USB Y-adapter, it may or may not be included with the Survivor when it reaches the market. There is no manual, but I've been assured that one will be provided with the retail chassis. A quick installation guide is available on the BitFenix website. You can download it HERE .
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Survivor has a look all its own with rounded corners and a “SofTouch” coating to protect the case during transport and make cleanup easier. This finish does have a soft feel, like a thin rubber coating, but seems to be very durable at the same time. The BitFenix logo at the top of the front panel lights up with a red glow when the system is powered on, and the case features three 5.25-inch external bays located above a large louvered area that provides some ventilation for a 200mm red LED intake fan. The look is very sleek and elegant, but the user has to pay a bit of a convenience penalty, as we'll see a bit later.