PC case: The Corsair iCue 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case is a new budget model with a front grille design formed by a variety of multi-directional V-shaped elements. The design turned out to be good and quite fresh.
Everything else is in the modern trend: in the front – a grill, on the side – glass. Multi-colored illumination is also available – and what’s more, the presence of the iCue system is one of the key features of this case.
The second feature is the use of a shortened chassis. In this case, its length is about 361 mm, while the rather close model Corsair 275 AFE – about 415 mm, which is 54 mm more. It seems that for a full-size case the difference is insignificant, but in reality, the case looks noticeably shorter: its total length is 395 mm versus 457 mm for the Corsair 275 AFE. The model is designed to provide maximum cooling efficiency through a “slotted front panel”. The case for assembling a gaming computer is positioned, which is not surprising, since the backlight, if in demand somewhere, is in this segment.
The plastic is colored in bulk, the outer surfaces of the front panel are matte, which gives a well-founded hope for its low wear during operation. The buttons are of fairly high quality and function quite stably – without distortions or jamming. The case is available in two versions: black and white. We were given the last option for testing – a completely white case. There are only black screws and various rubber elements.
Perhaps, it is in the white version that the case looks the most advantageous. This color adds lightness and airiness to the design.
The packaging of the case is a regular cardboard box with monochrome printing. The scope of delivery includes a standard mounting kit in one bag.
The layout solutions of this model are determined by the current trends in case building. In this case, the developers abandoned the 5.25 ″ device bay, and the usual 3.5 ″ device bay is located near the front wall of the chassis, but it is present in a truncated form – only two drives. If desired, it can be removed by unscrewing the screws on the bottom side. Moreover, if there is a need to install some kind of oversized power supply with a body length over 170 mm, then you will have to remove the disk compartment just so that the power supply fits into its seat. Yes, the short chassis imposes its limitations.
The case is a tower-type solution with a vertically placed ATX board (and less overall) and a horizontal power supply at the bottom.
The housing has a power supply cover. It covers the place where the power supply is installed from the left side, giving the inner look of the case neat and complete. Also, the casing plays the role of a kind of stiffening element, which provides additional fixation of the base for the motherboard from the bottom side.
On the back of the motherboard base, there are places for installing drives. But the seats for drives with external access in the case are completely absent.
The body features a software-controlled lighting system Corsair iCue.
The iCue system replaces the Cue (Corsair Utility Engine), which has been used in Corsair peripherals since 2015 to control lighting. Now iCue can also control the lighting of the case using a separate controller. The iCue software package manages all illuminated devices it detects in the system, and it also synchronizes their work.
In addition to Corsair devices, the iCue system has limited compatibility with the Aura Sync lighting system used in Asus motherboards.
There are several options for iCue controllers, in this case the simplest one is used – the iCue Lighting Node Core. It is a one-box solution with six Corsair light source connectors, which are primarily backlit fans.
There is only one backlight control channel, unlike the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-Omega RGB, which uses a more functional controller that has two backlight control channels. The controller does not control the fan speed, it “deals” exclusively with the backlight. The light source is 120 mm Corsair SP120 RGB Pro fans with individual LED addressing, all three fans are installed by default in the front. To control the backlighting of the case, you need to download the iCue software from the official Corsair website and install it yourself. After starting, you need to make the initial setup.
We found an interesting mode: displaying the temperature of PC components by changing the backlight color. The function works perfectly fine.
Thus, in this case, the backlight system is not only a decoration, but also an indicator that can be used for applied tasks.
The case provides the ability to install 120 and 140 mm fans. There are seats for them in front, above and behind.
Three 120 mm fans are preinstalled in the case, all of them are from the front. The fans have two connectors: standard 3-pin connectors with 1 × 3 headers that can be connected to a mainboard with voltage control and proprietary 4-pin connectors for backlight control.
There is no fan speed controller or splitter included in the package.
Up to three radiators can be installed in the housing, one of which can be 280 or 360 mm (front).
The filter for the top wall is most conveniently removed and put in place thanks to the magnetic edging, but it is made of a fairly large plastic mesh, and therefore most of the small dust particles will seep through it into the case. On the other hand, it will perfectly help from falling inside the case of coins, keys, any small objects, and it will also save you from part of the dust.
The filter on the bottom of the chassis is made of a fine synthetic mesh, which is enclosed in a plastic frame. It can be considered quick-detachable, since no additional steps are required to remove it.
A filter similar in design, but with a magnetic mount, is also installed in the front. To clean it, you need to remove the cover on the front panel, it is not difficult to do this, you do not need to move or raise the case for this, and you do not need tools for this.
In general, the protection against dust penetration is at a good level for a relatively budget product.
The fastening of the side walls is the most common. On the right side, with two knurled screws, which are screwed in from the back wall. The screws have an anti-removable thread, that is, “captive” screws.
The left side wall is made of tempered glass. Its attachment is of a surface-mounted type, with fixation through four through-holes from the front side using four knurled screws. On the inside, the screws are glued with rubber-like gaskets.
The screws are screwed into the posts, which are fitted with rubber bushings.
The chassis of the case is used on a budgetary basis, but it is of quite high quality, which is especially noticeable when looking at the case from the inside. Efforts are noticeable both to increase the rigidity of the structure by using specially shaped parts and to increase ease of assembly.
передней части верхней панели размещены органы управления и the front part of the top panel contains controls and commutation. They include two spaced about 8 mm apart USB 3.0 ports, a combo jack for connecting a microphone and headphones, a large square power button, a round reset button. The power indicator is located inside the square button and has a white glow.
Full-size hard drives fit into the dedicated double cage through plastic frames. The disc is attached to them with four plastic pins. Additionally, the full-size disc can be fixed with screws from the bottom.
Note that these frames are universal, they can be used to install 2.5 ″ drives with drives through the bottom. There are no shock absorbing elements in the front basket.
For 2.5 ″ drives, there are also two U-plate quick-release containers that are installed on the back of the motherboard base. The containers are fastened using mounting holes that cling to the ledge. The containers are additionally secured with knurled screws for a Phillips screwdriver.
In total, you can install four 2.5 “or 2 × 3.5 ″ + 2 × 2.5 ″ drives here. This is enough for a typical low-end home computer.
For typical home systems, the Corsair iCue 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass may well be in demand both due to its design and because of its good equipment: three fans are already included in the kit. It is also important that they support a standard connection to the motherboard, although the absence of a splitter in the kit may be inconvenient in some cases. The housing is comparatively well protected from dust penetration, and a minimum of time and effort is required to clean the filters.
It is not very convenient to assemble systems of increased power and with a large number of additional equipment, in particular LSS, because of the small dimensions of the case, although there is a technical possibility for this. Better to limit yourself to a tower cooler with a 120 mm fan; it will not be difficult to assemble a gaming system of the middle price category.
In general, the body left a very good impression, although it is clear that it was created on a fairly budget chassis, which was brought to mind in the process.