TechSpot: Cooler Master HAF XB Review

Following the success of 2008's HAF 932 chassis, Cooler Master didn't waste any time adapting its High Air Flow design to various other form factors and price points -- many of which we've covered in depth. Along with its larger options, the company offers three mid-towers: the $50 HAF 912, $100 HAF 922 and $130 HAF XM.

While the cost of these cases varies significantly, they're all fairly similar in terms of stature in that their tall, rectangular profile resembles most other mid-towers. Mixing things up, Cooler Master's latest mid-size enclosure breaks the conventional mold with boxier dimensions -- in fact, the company describes it as a "LAN box". Given the HAF XB's cube-like figure, it's no surprise that Cooler Master is pushing the LAN-friendly angle, which seems to be increasingly common among case makers.

Whereas the Storm Scout 2 and similar designs have a handle integrated into the top of a standard mid-tower enclosure, the HAF XB has handles built into each side. That may sound trivial, but the difference between a one-handed side grip and two-handed front grip is appreciable if you're hauling over 30kg (66lbs) of hardware.

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