Cooltek W2 Review
Up Close: Exterior front and sides
Although a twin chamber cube case, the W2 doesn't actually look that "boxy", and measuring 385 x 278 x 395mm it certainly isn't as cuboid as some on the market. We do though see this as a good thing as it's slightly narrower nature means it takes up less space on the desk. The W2 is available in Silver and in the Black we have for review today, and if you're not in the habit of flashing your hardware it's also available with and without a window in both colours.
The panels of the W2 are formed from 2mm thick hairline brushed Aluminium, with the overall effect being one of consummate class and elegance. The sleek minimalist appearance of the W2 does though leave us with a bit of a problem. If the exterior of a case looks as this one does, what the hell do we talk about? Well we guess there's the full size clear bevelled edge window for starters. The window is actually secured using small countersunk screws meaning that should you wish to change it for another colour, or a smoked version it would be very easy to whip it out and make your own using the old one as a template. The right hand side is similarly devoid of features save for the front I/O which is tucked discretely away, and towards the back, a fan intake for the PSU.
Build quality and finish on the W2 are exceptional, we'd say on a par with Silverstone and perhaps even Lian-Li. The anodising was blemish free and the panel fit was 100% all the way round, with the front and side panels meeting near the base but not actually touching the ground so as to give the impression it's standing on its Aluminium corners as opposed to the rubber feet hidden beneath the Aluminium skirts. The Front I/O, consisting of a pair of US3.0s, Audio and power/reset buttons, as we've said is tucked away neatly round the side, and where this might make it a bit difficult to get at it does at least prevent its presence from spoiling the overall aesthetic of the case.