Gigabyte iSolo 210 Case

Article Index
Gigabyte iSolo 210 Case
Closer Look Outside the iSolo
Closer Look Inside the iSolo
Installation and Final Thoughts

Product: Gigabyte iSolo 210 Case
Provided By: Gigabyte USA
Price: ~100CDN Online

Introduction:

If you are currently in the market for a case, you've no doubt notice the thousands of different styles, designs and features that are available.  For the enthusiast, the choices are narrowed down somewhat, and popular case manufacturers are narrowed down to include CoolerMaster, SilverStone, Antec, Zalman and possibly even Gigabyte.  Traditionally, Gigabyte has not been included in the high-end case category, but after their introduction of the 3D Mercury Pro, things have changed.

 iSolo Box
iSolo Box

Today we are taking a look at more of a mainstream case - the iSolo 210, and while this case is priced for mainstream consumers, it's feature list is pretty inclusive for a mainstream case.  If you want to check it out as Gigabyte sees it, make sure you look at the Flash Demo.

 

Flying iSolo:

The box looks pretty slick, and the front side is all business.  The back side, although not pictured, is loaded with graphics, images and information about the case.  Once we opened the box, we got a look at the gigaZone magazine, the manual (underneath) and made sure that the case didn't suffer any damage coming up from the USA.

 Free Magazine
Free Magazine
 Case Packaged
Case Packaged

 

Even though the box looks a little worse for wear, thankfully the iSolo showed up in great shape.  It was protected by a couple of heavy styrofoam end pieces and covered in a plastic bag.  The box was heavier that I expected as I had a little about the "diamond cut" finish on the aluminum bezel and power button.

Accessories with this case are a little lean, but that can be a good thing if everything is already pre-installed and works as good as it should.  We received some HDD drive rails, a cleaning cloth, screws, stand-offs, and some cable management clips.

 Bundled Accessories
Bundled Accessories

 

Many cases that are "tool-less" use drive rails for the 5.25" drives as well, but they are not present in the iSolo 210 case.  Hopefully they used the same mechanism as the 3D Mercury Pro case that we reviewed recently.  This tool-less design worked great and held the drives in place very securely - all from one side.  Time will tell as we look inside.  We'll start to take a closer look on the next page.