BitFenix Colossus - Giant Steps

Exterior Design

Exterior Design

Made with SECC steel and ABS plastic, the sheer size of the Colossus means that this is a real heavyweight, coming in at around 16kg when empty. Add in its bulky size and this isn't a casing that you will want to lug around. In fact, even the side panels of the Colossus is heavier than you would expect, thanks to the LED lighting system embedded within the panels that runs across the exterior. It's an impressive looking design, with the choice of either blue or red LED lighting, the better to complement the casing, which comes in black or white.

While the surface of the Colossus is predominantly plastic, BitFenix has added a rubbery layer to it that gives it a smooth, matte like texture. It's hard to describe exactly how it felt but it was cool to the touch and appeared to resist scratches. The casing is slightly elevated from the ground with four stands and it's hard to imagine it falling over due to its weight and inertia. Stability is not an issue here, unlike some aluminum casings where the power supply unit anchors the system.

The wavy LED design extends to the side of the Colossus, which makes the side panels of this casing much heavier than usual. Users can switch between blue or red lighting with a button.

As BitFenix mentions, the presence of a secure compartment, known as S3, is one of the main highlights of the Colossus. A key is required to unlock this compartment, under which one finds the power, reset buttons and the front panel ports, including support for USB 3.0 ports. The compartment itself is cozy enough that one can only store items below a certain size, though your wallet and keys should fit the bill if you need to go away from your desk for a while.

This compartment at the top of the Colossus is dubbed by BitFenix as S3. It's supposed to serve as a secure repository for users to stow their gear, like gaming mice or external storage drives. As you can see, this compartment can be locked.

While we could fit our mouse within the S3 compartment, it's not that spacious and some of the taller mice or harder storage devices will not fit. Notice too that the casing's buttons, including the power, reset and fan control switches are found inside the compartment. Also, see the cable leading from the compartment? That too is a rather unique feature...

BitFenix has also located the front ports around this compartment. The two USB ports in blue are USB 3.0 compatible, suited for those early adopters who have switched to newer USB 3.0 capable motherboards. There's also an eSATA port (not shown in this image) and the usual audio jacks.

Another unique touch from BitFenix is the way the Colossus is designed such that one can route cables from the S3 compartment down and along the sides of the front facade and then onto your desk. If you have the PC on the desk like some, then you can effectively route the cable of your mouse for instance from the front USB panel where it is presumably connected, using the existing grooves in the casing and then onto the desk. For those who are obsessed with having everything neat and tidy, BitFenix offers the next step in cable management.

Remember that cable from earlier? Another rather unique feature on the Colossus is this cable management system for your gaming peripherals, where users can route the cable through grooves at the sides of the casing, assuming that you have plugged them into the front USB ports in the S3 compartment. Also, judging by the screw holes here, the front door which opens to the left, can be swapped to open to the right.

The rear of the Colossus is rather typical, with its power supply housing designed at the base to add more stability and for optimal cooling. There are also four grommets at the top for water cooling kits and their pipes.

Some of the included accessories - cables ties to secure your graphics cards even further, a bracket and tray to convert an external 3.5-inch drive to fit into the Colossus' 5.25-inch bay, and a USB 3.0 to 2.0 connector for those who haven't upgraded yet.

The Good
Excellent cooling options
Dual color LED lighting system
Spacious interior
Solid, tool-free mechanism
The Bad
Too heavy
Too close fitting at times