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Written by John Chen    Wednesday, 27 April 2005 11:00
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Raidmax Samurai XE 901

The differences between the original Samurai case and the new XE version are minimal, but enough to be able to give the XE a whole new look.  The only major differences would be the exclusion of the fork-shaped samurai symbol on the front door and the inclusion of a side window.  That's pretty much it.  Such slight changes can do drastic wonders to a case.

The box of the Samurai is something noteworthy.  The artistic designs are catchy, but not the main thing I want to mention.  The first immediate surprise was the sheer size of the whole package.  Because of the slightly wider and taller body, the box was humongous.  It's a good thing that the case was well surrounded by soft Styrofoam.

The paint job of the XE is of extremely high quality.  It's not just some cheap spray paint, but a show car paint job quality.  The mirror finish is incredible.  Such high quality finish has a love-hate relationship with me.  It looks so nice, but I'm always afraid to leave fingerprints on it.  Throughout the case examination, I had to use an old T-shirt and wipe down the case several times.  If you look closely, you can see an image of me while I'm taking the pictures.  The front door opens up to small piece of Styrofoam layered in between the door and the drive bays.  Raidmax puts in all the small details to ensure that the case is not damaged in any way during shipping.  On the back, you'll notice a black ventilation panel that acts as the exhaust fan holder.  Instead of going the traditional route of screwing on the fan, Raidmax uses a fan holder.  While this allows easy installation and removal of fans, the ventilation path is angled so airflow is restricted from flowing out properly.  It would actually be better to just drill a big hole for the fan and 4 small holes for the fan screws.

The nature of the Samurai design did not allow a metallic chassis, which forced Raidmax to go with plastic.  While this isn't ideal, it can't be helped.  Just imagine a case made of all metal in the physical shape of the Samurai.  The cost would be outrageous!  The whole build of the Samurai starts with the typical steel frame.  Plastic parts are then added to the front, sides, and top to provide the physical shape.  You can say that the case has a big shell on the exterior, much like the Alienware cases.  From the last picture below, you can see that there are extra plastic parts in between the steel chassis and the plastic top to help keep the top from cracking or breaking.