Top positive review
Extremely Spacy with tons of options, a few shortcomings
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2017
So this review is about the Dark Base Pro 900 Full Tower case made by Be Quiet!. It's huge leap from the case that I owned before (Phanteks 400) and after looking around, I decided to buy this case for personal use. I'm gonna use a P.I.N.S system starting with this review as my first so be gentle. I feel like a short simple system gets all the important info across quickly and cleanly.
Fits my 8 HHDs along with my very long GPU (Radeon R9 Fury at 12.1 in.) and full ATX board. Even has 5 case fans with room for more.
You can change the insides to suit your preferences. You can invert the orientation of the motherboard, swap the glass to the opposite site, add or remove HHD cages, use a radiator, and more. Can even use extended ATX as well.
Has a slick, brushed metal finish on the front and a solid matching black all around. Case is all metal/alum, save for the tempered glass siding. A pleasing choice, different accents available.
Despite having way more fans and being moved to a closer spot than my previous case, this case is really quiet. This is due to the provided Silent Wings 3 and sound damping added to the case.
=In the Middle=
Due to it, being nearly all metal, it's quite heavy on its own. If doing some fine placement, and in general, recommend having a friend on hand just in case.
Comes with two free LED strips to place in the case and they're adjustable but only to 5 preset colours (White>Red>Green>Blue>Orange>Off). No brightness adjustment either.
-Lack of covering
There's nearly no covering beyond the space behind the board. This means that your PSU will be out in the open along with all the cables running from it, no shroud is provided. Same goes for cables running at the top and bottom of the case, this is very noticeable since you do have a giant window to view inside.
-Fingerprint black hole
It's extremely easy to get prints all over the case. You can have the cleanest of hands and you'll still get prints on it daily, taking away from its sleek look. What's worst is that same goes for the glass and you need a craftsman's hand to avoid getting prints whenever you take off or place the tempered glass. There's no black bordering or area to mask/absorb prints with the glass.
Even with all its provided extras and fixings, it seems to lack two extra cages for those that have small office/tiny server amounts of drives. It even has the slots for having the extras. They're probably for those that need a certain spot open for radiator/pump cables.
A majestic case that one can be proud to own. Very flexible and lots of customization though they seem to have gone with a bit of function over form in some areas and it does take away from a delightful case, I give it a high 4/5.
Feel free to ask any questions about details I may not have covered.