Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Review

Up Close: Exterior

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Review

Up Close:  Exterior

The Enthoo Luxe measures a staggering 560x235x550mm (HxWxD), but those measurements shouldn't surprise you if you've read the introduction and the Tech Specs.  Although available in the standard version with a normal acrylic side panel, and also available in an Anthracite Grey, the sample we have for review is the Black Tempered Glass version.  We have to say, our first impressions are good.  God damn it, there's hardly a whiff of plastic to be found on the whole case 

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The right hand side of the case is plain and non windowed, and although this used to be the norm, we kind of have to mention it now as there are quite a few cases on the market that both sides windowed.

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Rather than finish the Aluminium panels in the more line brushed effect, Phenteks have opted for a sand blast finish.  As a result although it's Aluminium, it doesn't half look like plastic, which, we think is a real shame.

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The front of the case sports three exterior 5.25" bays, you know, for all those Optical drives you use on a regular basis.  What appears to be a fourth bay at the top is actually a nicely disguised front I/O, more of which later, but reat assured, that arrow sticker is easily removed.

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There's also a large front air intake rebated into the front panel with an Aluminium cover plate adding that hint of class.

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Lifting up the door on the fake 5.25" bay reveals the front I/O which consists of2xUSB3.0, 2xUSB2,0, Audio, Reset, and and a push button switch which toggles the colour of the LED case lighting between 10 colours and three effects.

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The top of the case is dominated by a large steel mesh vent.  The vent is easily removed by pressing down at the rear and releasing, and don't worry, the sticker indicating where to press is easily removable.

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The rear of the case is a pretty standard, though large ATX affair.  There's a 140mm fan fitted as standard with slots for a 120 should you so desire.  There are also eight expansion slots, unlike the 7 stated on line.  Somebody at Phanteks really needs to proof read their stuff (and tes we know we make the odd typo, but we're not a multi million dollar international company...Well not yet anyway).  Also of note is that the left hand side panel is located with screws, whereas the right hand window panel has hinges at the rear.

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The case stands on six, yes six, feet.  We did say it was big didn't we.  Most of the underside is actually given over to filtered vents for both the PSU and any base mounted cooling you wish to include (please don't).

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Most Recent Comments

20-02-2017, 15:01:02

This case was great a few years ago when it first came out, but it is starting to show its age now.Quote

20-02-2017, 16:50:12

Originally Posted by Surpuppa View Post
This case was great a few years ago when it first came out, but it is starting to show its age now.
I do agree that it has aged, but I also think there is more to it than that. It's an old case and has old features; therefore it is outdated. That is the mindset we have. It is more about how we perceive the case than any provable realities. The proof is this is still a great case, irrelevant of whether it has three 5.25" bays. A lot of people initially did some fantastic builds in it, but sadly it has been sidelined for newer models, ones that will likely be considered 'outdated' in five years time. That Corsair 460X that TTL just built into that's all the rave right now, I reckon it will be rarely spoken about in a few years time. The only cases that might stand the test of time are the ones that are a blank canvas, such as the Fractal Define S. It's basically just an empty box. In-Win's designs are a novelty at the moment; I don't think they'll be nearly as popular five years from now. Case Labs have remained popular for so many years because they are just plain boxes of various dimensions.Quote

20-02-2017, 17:04:06

Well it turned out to be the perfect case for me. It had really all I needed which is 5.25" drive bays for my bay reservoir, plastic drive cages that don't rattle and cause vibrations into the rest of the case as my Fractal Define R5 completely failed in that regard. On top of that it has room for a 420mm radiator in the top compartment, which is a rare feature in cases and the tempered glass edition is very beautiful done and an added bonus for me.

Not all cases have to be ITX these days and smaller than a Coke can Quote

21-02-2017, 09:15:56

Funny that you mentioned the typo when this review actually was (by far) the article with the most typos I've ever come across

I still like an optical drive bay for when you really have to burn a CD, because your car has no USB or Bluetooth, or when you have no internet and need to install your drivers after a fresh install and the list goes on.

For the 3.5" cages, I'm with you. I still have 3 seperate drives in my PC mainly because I'm not buying new ones, but if I'd do so, I'd get a 1 or 2TB, so no need for that much space.

Other than that, I like the case, one day I wanna build a PC with such a big case

Nice review, but you should proof read them as well :P SCNRQuote

23-02-2017, 06:19:54

As soon as the typo was mentioned and almost immediately followed by a typo I knew we would probably be getting deliberate typos on every page. I don't think I have seen anyone use the word anterior on the internet before, I can't recall reading it on the printed page more than a couple of times in half a century either. Cleverly written I thought.

CoolerMaster are Maker mad at t' moment but Phanteks have had this 'take it all apart, rearrange, or ditch' thing going on almost from their first case out of the gate. So you think all these drive bays/mounts are Old Hat? You don't have to keep them or you can re-purpose them, the choice is yours!

I'm not actually all that keen on this particular case but this review puts it up a few notches in my estimation, bringing out features that other reviewers failed to make me aware of. Good one!Quote

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