Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

REVIEW INFORMATION
SUPPLIED BY: Corsair
MANUFACTURER: Corsair
PRODUCT: Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case
PROD LINK: Obsidian 550D Product Page
PRICE: $139.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

Our first proper look at the inside of the 550D. That white box in the bottom drive bay contains all the accessories that come with the case. An interesting touch is the long magnetic strip across the bottom designed to help guide the side panel back into position. Not at all necessary, but it does show you that Corsair’s really paying attention to the little details here.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

Removal of the hard drive trays goes like so. While these trays remind me of those on the Inwin BUC, they are by far easier to deal with than those were. These require only a gentle squeeze to release. The BUC requires a phone call to Popeye and a can of fresh spinach.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

Here’s a tray removed from the case. Yes, there are indeed screw holes for 2.5″ drives, and installing the usual 3.5″ devices is as easy as bending the tray a little and clipping them in place.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

I’ll just remove the other side panel for you now. No fan grilles on this panel, just lots of insulation.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

Looks like there’s quite a bit of space for cable routing. Nice. I like that. Sharp eyes will have spotted two black knurled thumbscrews by the drive bays… these must be removed to remove those bays.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

Here’s the top bay coming out. Remember – you have to remove the thumbscrew on the backside of it as well as the two you can see with the right-side panel off.

Likewise, the bottom bay has five thumbscrews to remove – four on the bottom of the case, and the one behind the left side panel.

Confused yet, would you? By the way, these bays are interchangeable. You can replace the bottom one with the top one if you want to.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

I’ve removed both bays here to give you a look at the fannage for the frontage. Two Corsair branded fans of unknown speed. Long wires terminate in standard three pin mainboard connectors. I hope we find some Molex adapters for these… not all mainboards have enough fan headers to run three fans if we count the one on the back panel too.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower Case

The tool-free optical catches. Push down where my thumb is to slide a drive in. To release, press forward where my thumb is and pull the drive out. Simple. Yes, you can remove these if you want to go back to the days of screwing everything in.