Introducing the BitFenix Outlaw

A lot of our case reviews lately have been for enclosures that hover around the $99 price point and then range below. The big, expensive ones are exciting and ultimately many of them are definitely worth your hard earned money, but what about the friend who's on an extreme budget? What if you're on an extreme budget? The case is often one of the easiest and safest places to cut money out of the cost of a custom build, and BitFenix has been diligently serving the cash-strapped for a while now. Today we have on hand the new Outlaw, and we'll show you just how much case you can get for fifty bucks.

From the moment the BitFenix rep showed me the Outlaw right up until I finished assembling it, all I could think was "I can't believe this thing is so cheap." Of course, when I say "cheap" I do mean "inexpensive," a distinction I made a few times during my recent review of the Rosewill Ranger. The Outlaw has a lot in common with my favorite Micro-ATX case, SilverStone's Temjin TJ08-E. The Temjin is a royal hassle to put together, but it does pay dividends: it runs cool and it runs quiet. BitFenix had to be a little more flexible in designing the Outlaw (and hitting a price point that's half the Temjin), but there's a lot to like here.

BitFenix Outlaw Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 3x 5.25"
Internal 4x 3.5", 1x 2.5"
Cooling Front 2x 120mm fan mount
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust fan
Top 2x 120mm fan mount
Side 2x 120mm/140mm fan mount
Bottom 1x 120mm fan mount
Expansion Slots 7
Front I/O Port -
Top I/O Port 4x USB 2.0, mic and headphone jacks, power and reset buttons
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearance 10.5" (Expansion Cards), 170mm (CPU HSF), 180mm (PSU)
Weight 14.33 lbs.
Dimensions 7.09" x 18.82" x 17.24" (180mm x 478mm x 438mm)
Price MSRP $49

As a $49 case you're stuck largely with the basics when it comes to the Outlaw; about enough room for garden variety configurations, a bunch of fan mounts with no fans installed, and strictly USB 2.0 connectivity in the enclosure itself. But there's a lot more going on with BitFenix's design than appears at first glance.

In and Around the BitFenix Outlaw
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  • wutsurstyle - Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - link

    Very good to see a setup where the motherboard is upside-down. Now those massive cooling pipes on video cards are rightside-up and more effective.
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  • Zebble - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - link

    I wouldn't have even considered this case, but after reading the review I decided to try one. What a very pleasant surprise! Very well-built, and the rubber-like coating on the front face makes for a very impressive high-quality feel.
    The up-facing USB ports were the clincher for me, as I like to use a USB key off my keychain without having to detach it. Front-mounted USB ports left my keys hanging and pulling down on the USB key which can't be good for the USB key or the USB port! Up-facing USB ports
    solve this problem...
    I was also surprised at the quality hardware included. Almost all screws were thumbscrews, and even a hex-to-philips adapter was included to make installing the motherboard stand-offs a breeze. Haven't seen this in any other case I've purchased. Nice touch BitFenix!
    Cable room/routing was very good. It's the cleanest build I've done because of all the cable room behind the 3.5" drive-bays. Again, nice touch.
    Was so happy with the case, I snagged another the next day.

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