Bitfenix Shinobi XL: mild-mannered powerhouse

Workstation enclosure with desktop appearance

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Introduction

Do you need to house an XL-ATX motherboard, up to nine expansion cards, five 5.25-inch drives and seven 3.5-inch drives? And would you like to do so in a case that isn't visible to astronauts on the ISS? Then Bitfenix claims to have the perfect solution for you with the Shinobi XL. OK, it's not that small, but still more subtle than many cases out there. As the name suggests, there is more to this case than meets the eye, not just a lot of space. Time to take a closer look.


For many of our (older) readers, the name Shinobi will recall the old Sega game (and countless sequels) about the ninja warrior. The name is synonymous with the infamous Japanese warrior that was silent and stealthy. In this context the name Bitfenix Shinobi XL promises that the case is quiet and subtle. This case could also be called lethal, another important ninja trait, but mostly in terms of the pain it inflicts on your wallet. The price will be around £115 and that is pretty hefty for a chassis, especially for a mid-range one like the Shinobi XL.

The subtlety is relative, to be honest. With dimensions of 24.5 x 54.5 x 57 cm this is not a small case. The weight of more than 13 kg is also not immediately characteristic of a ninja. Granted, the "XL" in the name is there for a reason, and we have seen larger cases in our lab. Moreover, the Shinobi XL has a soft, black plastic finish (called SofTouch Surface by Bitfenix) giving it a classy feel. It actually looks as if it absorbs light. The material is pretty resistant to scratches and finger prints, so this chassis should stay scratchless for a while.


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