The 5.25″ rack at the top features a unique design that is pretty clever. Each of the bays are completely tool free and use a mechanism that seems like it was featured on a medieval weapon. There is a button in the middle that will slide to either side when pressed that either releases your bay device or locks it in place out of shear fear. Each of the installed devices are free from wiggle and the design allows for extra piece of mind by providing the ability to further secure your drives with a screw… if you are paranoid.
When your build is final, you will realize that the precision design behind the Colossus will provide you with perhaps one of the cleanest looking builds… from the front. The drawback here is that the back side of the case will be a complete mess and no matter how many zip ties and cable routing pieces that BitFenix provides, there is no way around it. I take cable management seriously when I do a build and I love the effect that the Colossus provides, but I feel that the lack of a side window is a drawback here; since the Colossus provides all the means to create a clean looking build, why not show it off?
After everything is said and done, the Colossus is a hit here in the lab. The Softouch is simply awesome and the tool free design is well thought out. I like that the power buttons and fan controls can be locked from curious fingers and the cable management system is almost perfect. The case provides enough room to take on all your storage needs which is why I ALMOST switched my server over to this case from my Lian Li PC75; the only reason I didn’t?… My server resides in a custom built desk that is designed to accompany the proportions of the PC75 making the Colossus a bit too wide. Bottom line… would I buy one? Priced at $169.00 USD this chassis is a bargain for its attention to detail and its overall design. Just make sure you read the installation guide when you build your rig…