Inwin 703 Review
Up Close: Exterior Overview
The 703 has quite a striking design that lifts it well above your usual "black box" type Mid tower case, and measuring 432x210x477mm (HxWxD) it won't take up a massive amount of space on your desk. Considering it's made of SECC Steel it's also surprisingly light, perhaps as a result of the absence of superfluous panels. The example we have for review is Matt Black with Red trim, but if that's not your thing, have a look at the stunning Silver with Black trim version.
The front panel is a brushed aluminium effect monolithic slab interrupted only by the geometric piping that defines the 5.25" bay. We think it would actually be a real shame to upset this aesthetic by removing this panel to fit an ugly optical drive. With the visual appeal in mind Inwin have very cleverly secreted the front I/O into the small valley running between the stood off front panel and the leading edge of the roof, oh, and if you're looking for the power switch, it's that small black button in the top right hand corner.
It might not be recessed by much, but Inwin have done a great job of hiding the front I/O as well as the square section ventilation strips that run up either side of the recess.
The 703 has a huge acrylic window which bulges out from the side. This bulge is matched by the opposite side case panel so as to add balance. We have to say, the bulged window is perhaps the only part of the aesthetic we're not convinced by. It's not like Inwin have cheaped out on us, The window is a quality bit of work, and rather than simply being crimped in as is the case with many windows, this ones actually held in place by gun metal hex head allen bolts. Still, the fact it is retained in this way means it'd be the work of moments to mod your own window in.
The rear of the case is a pretty standard ATX affair with a pair of grommeted water cooling holes sitting atop the rear 120mm fan. Below this we find a total of seven vented PCI slot covers. The covers aren't held individually by screws so must be physically wiggled to remove them from the case, after which they cannot be re sited.
The underside of the case has intake filters for both the PSU and base mounted fan position. The case itself stands on four plastic feet which although only clipped rather than screwed to the case appear robust enough.