Rosewill BLACKHAWK - Sturdy Reliability

11/6/2012 9:26:55 AM

Rosewill’s BLACKHAWK mid-tower case has been out for a while, but we only recently had the opportunity to get our hands on one for review. Having spent some time around the case’s larger sibling, the BLACKHAWK-ULTRA and having loved it we jumped at the chance.

The BLACKHAWK has the same classic look as the BLACKHAWK ULTRA, with simple, clean lines, a mesh front panel for optimal airflow, and a side panel window for showing off the goods inside. It’s a steel case, so durability isn’t likely to be an issue, and weighs just over 21 pounds.

Description: Rosewill BLACKHAWK


If you’re tempted to write this case off as a budget offering from a store brand, think again. The BL ACKHAWK may be inexpensive at $89.99, but Rosewill doesn’t skimp on the amenities. It comes with five preinstalled fans, which would be impressive for a case that costs half again as much, and three of them are blue LED units. There are mounts for installing a couple more if you’d like. Its USB 3.0 ports connect to an internal header, it boasts eight expansion slots, and its feet are the heavy-duty rubber kind, not some cheap plastic pegs you need to worry about snapping off.

The BL ACKHAWK provides a decent cable management system, plenty of room for biggish graphics cards (you can install cards up to 16.5 inches in length if you remove the HDD cage), and tool-less drive bays. It also has an easy-to-clean dust filter for your PSU, which mounts in the bottom of the case, and an external SATA hard drive dock built into the top panel.

Description: Rosewill BLACKHAWK

The case is easy to work with, thanks to the inclusion of knurled thumbscrews at critical points as well as other niceties, and we like the way the blue LED fans set off the case in low (or no) light. Rosewill’s BL ACKHAWK delivers sturdy reliability and an impressive value for its modest price.


Price: $89.99


Specs: Dimensions: 19.9 x 8.4 x 20.3 inches (HxWxD); Motherboard support: mATX, ATX; Bays: 4 (or 3, with FDD) 5.25-inch external, 6 2.5/3.5-inch internal; Fans (included): 2 120mm blue LED front, 1 120mm rear, 1 140mm blue LED top, 1 120mm side; Fans (optional): 2 120/140mm top, 1 120/140mm bottom; Front panel: 2 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, audio I/O


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