Raijintek Metis Review
We've had a few Raijintek products come through our hands at OC3D recently and it's fair to say that on the whole we haven't been overly impressed with them. This has mostly been down to low build quality and poor attention to detail, and to a greater degree smacks of poor OEM choice and shoddy QA. The Metis though is something very different indeed. In fact it's hard to believe that it comes from the same company as the other products. The build quality is simply exquisite, with both fit and finish right up there with the best. Raijintek also supply the case is a range of six colours all of which have the same anodised hairline brushed Aluminium finish, they also make it available with or without a window so there should be something there for everyone. That said. the aesthetics of the case fall firmly into the minimalist sector, with its diminutive form measuring 190x277x254mm (WxDxH), it's little bigger than a shoe box, so if you're in the market for a balls to the wall gaming case with stacks of room and awesome airflow then this isn't really for you. If however you're looking for a low energy uber small footprint case that can still accept CPU coolers up to 160mm in height and GPUs up to 170mm then the Metis is a very viable option, especially when you consider that unlike a good few of the cases in this sector of the market the Metis will accept a standard PS/2 ATX PSU, meaning that if you happen to have one lying around you're not going to have to fork out for a whole new unit.
Building into the Metis is quite an experience, having spent some time on hardware selection the case still forces you to think long and hard about the order in which you carry out the install. A PSU no longer than 140mm is a must, but can only be fitted after the Motherboard is in. We also found that fitting the RAM and the cooler to the motherboard along with all cable connections was pretty much a must, which if you haven't already realised means you're essentially building your PC outside the case before inserting it. As there's no real space behind the motherboard to speak of it's also a cert that the area up above the PSU is going to be used to stash unwanted lengths. It would however be unfair to level this as a direct criticism of the Metis as any case with such miniscule dimensions is going to have to surrender cable management luxuries in favour of a smaller footprint.
What we haven't yet talked about is the price. It's hard to believe that Raijintek have managed to bring this to market for just under £40. If they were asking £65-£70 for it you wouldn't think it unreasonable given the use of materials and build quality we've described.
From the viewpoint of competition in the market place, the Metis pretty much romps home. There are of course the BitFenix cases based on the Prodigy chassis, but these look positively gargantuan next to the Metis, and cost nearly twice as much, with the same being said for the variety of Lian-Li cases designed to take the M-ITX board. Then there's the T-60 SFX we looked at a while back. A good case in its own right, but it forces you to use the smaller SFX PSU and costs a good deal more than the Metis.
All in all we're rather impressed with the Metis. It's a great compact SFF case at a very competitive price. It looks the mutts nuts and has build quality to make the market leaders blush. The only real negative points are its inability to take full length GPUs, limiting the choice of graphics card to those under 170mm, and far from optimal cooling should you be envisaging some “tackle out”gaming action. Still, if all you've got planned is a low power PC and are happy to use on-board graphics then isn't going to be an issue for you.