Final Thoughts, Pricing, Availability, Conclusion

Final Thoughts

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After evaluating the Staray from top to bottom and installing a high-end computer system in it, I have to say I have it’s a pretty decent case for the money. The case’s dimensions are pretty small in stature compared to other PC cases I’ve tested recently, but during installation I noticed plenty of room for cable management as well as enough room to use 10″ graphics cards too. Having the power supply above the motherboard again was a blast from the past, but was easy to adapt to because that used to be the standard in PC cases for a long time until the past few years or so. I was happy with all the extra room for extra hard drives and cooling system worked as advertised. I would have liked to have a blowhole fan to exhaust heat better, but overall air flow wasn’t an issue at all in this case.


Pricing and Availability

 

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As of Sept. 23, the Enermax Staray was available at Newegg.com for $57.99 with free shipping after MIB. That’s the right price point for a mid-tower ATX case with these features. The Staray is also available at FrozenCPU.com for $72.95 and Directron.com for $54.99.


Conclusion

 

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I would like to thank Enermax for providing the Staray mid-tower ATX case for our review today. The chassis design was a bit on the outdated side, but it actually seemed to work well during installation and left plenty of room for expandability. I would have liked a sturdier tool-less system for the optical bays and hard drive bays, but once they were connected they actually felt pretty secure. I also thought the missing back panel 120mm fan was a minor issue and should be included standard with this case.

One small issue that was a bit annoying was how each fan’s lighting system operated after rebooting the system. When the system restarts, the fan’s LED lights do not automatically turn on and I had to open the side door of the case and pretty each fan’s LED power button to get them to operate properly. The front panel fan has a button on the front I/O panel to control its lighting, but the left-side door panel back panel fans’ lighting have to turned on manually each time you turn on your PC. Every fan should be operated from the front I/O panel like they did with the front panel fan.

Other than the fan issues, I thought this case is priced right at $58 after MIB and includes a sleek design that should appeal to many users and enthusiasts.


Strengths
  • Three 120mm fans included
  • Tool-less installation for optical bay devices, hard drives, PCI devices
  • All-around lighting system uses red LEDs and two lighting effects for the included fans

Weaknesses
  • Somewhat flimsy chassis material
  • Tool-less locking system seems a bit cheap and breakable
  • Lighting system for left-side door fans do not automatically turn on when you boot the PC 
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