Recently, I took a look at a really nice case from InWin and found a few good things and a few bad things about it. Mostly good things. Well, when it showed up here, that case wasn’t alone. It brought a friend, named simply the BUC. Part of InWin’s Destiny Lite series, the BUC is a gaming case with a whole lot of cool features to talk about. I see no reason to delay, so let’s have a look now, shall we?
SUPPLIED BY: InWin
PRODUCT: BUC Mid-Tower
PROD LINK: InWin’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $93.83 @ Provantage
Price is at the time of testing!
All right. Let’s get the neon pink albatross out of the way right now. The first thing I thought when I saw this case arriving unannounced with the Dragon Rider review sample was, “what the heck does ‘BUC’ stand for?” And then I thought to myself, why, it’s obviously short for “Bismuth Unhydrogenated Custard.”
But then, it occurred to me that I should probably go check the InWin website. There, I… did not find out what “BUC” stands for. I did discover that this case is based on a shield concept, whatever that means. So, let’s all have a look at the box and see what we can find out about this case.
It’s kind of hard to see in this picture, but there is an image of a case embedded in all that reflection from my office lighting.
Hey look, I found some specifications. Mid-tower, steel, yadda, yadda, yadda… let’s see… three USB ports. Two 2.0 and one 3.0. Sigh. I tell you now, I’m making it my crusade to see that all new cases carry at least four USB ports on them. My two Jetway boards are crammed with USB headers I can’t use but would like to.
Another part of the box has a list of features on it. Easy access to hard drives – that’s a nice feature. Hot-swappable drive bays. Even nicer. Tool-free design… I always like to see that on a case…
You know, I think this might just be a better looking case than the Dragon Rider. Nice, clean, matte black… no drive bays that lead to nowhere… I like.
Hey, I almost wish I had two more of these. And then two crow or raven themed cases. That way I could review a BUC BUC BUC bi-CAW!!! I’ll be here all week, folks.
Here’s the back of the BUC. I moved it around some, and then the BUC stopped here. Ok, ok, I’ll ease up on the bad jokes.
As you can tell from the picture, the power supply goes on the bottom of this case. The USB 3.0 cable comes out of the top assembly and then plugs into the back of your motherboard, remaining a rather inelegant solution to getting USB 3.0 ports on the case somewhere. It’s still nicer on this case than the Dragon Rider, however, which required the use of the water cooling grommets to route these cables.
Also present is a couple of grommets up top to aid in water cooling. Not that I plan on using them.
As most cases tend to be, this one has buttons and jacks and stuff on the front panel. On either side of the connector panel, we find a reset and a power button. These are bracketed on either side by an orange hard drive indicator and a blue power indicator.
The list of jacks is as follows: USB, front panel audio, front panel audio, USB, eSATA. Sadly, the list of jacks does not include the latest Jack Reacher or Repairman Jack novels. I’m getting behind. I almost feel like I don’t know Jack.