We received the black faced version of the Ikazuti. As you can see, the front panel is given a very "industrial" appearance with the use of exposed screws. This is a unique thing, and breaks up the very simple and smooth profile of the front of the case. The entire case is coated in a very nice, smooth black finish. As you can see, in a bright flash it's slightly reflective, demonstrating how smooth the finish is, and is noticeably more uniform than many other standard powdercoats on other cases I've seen. The case feels very solid, and the pieces all fit and mesh together nicely, and doesn't squeek or wiggle as it is handled. The sides of the front panel have venting for the front intake fan, and is a feature Scythe also used on their Gekkou case, giving it a much cleaner front face. There is still a bit of mesh to allow the front fan some "clean" intake straight through the front, but it is minimal, and Scythe's logo is neatly inscribed on the front, and a unique "S" logo marks the power button.
Here you can see the side venting, along with the Scythe logo and the "S" insignia on the power button, and also how the screws are seen continuing through on the sides.
With a gentle press and click, the front door swings open revealing two USB ports, an e-SATA port, and a 3.5mm microphone and headphone jack. A press and click, and the door is neatly shut once again. Very smooth, and very sturdy feeling as well.
The back panel is pretty standard, it has two watercooling loop holes in the back with rubber grommets, and you also notice that it is very "open" as well. The space around the loops all have square holes punched in to allow for more open airflow out the rear of the chassis. The rear I/O covers are also very "airy" in comparison to many that are out there.
The inside is finished in a smooth black very similar to the outside, and I'm generally a big fan of all-black interiors, so this is a big plus for me, and a detail I appreciate. You can also see that the motherboard tray has plenty of precut holes and spaces for very easy and convenient cable management. Despite a fairly small form factor, space doesn't seem to be an issue when cable management is concerned. The upper drive bays have a very smooth tool-less feature which I'll touch on in more detail a bit later. The hard drive bay has a very nice hot-swap type cage. You screw two guides onto your hard drive, and slide it in, and it's secured with a satisfying "click" to let you know it's in place. There hole behind the CPU on the motherboard tray is another plus, as it makes changing out coolers much less of a headache as you won't need to remove the entire motherboard to do so.
The upper drive bay also has a tray which enabled mounting of a 3.5-inch device, as well as giving you another spot to mount an extra fan to keep your hard drives cool. Here's also a look at how the acoustic foam is arranged on the case, you can see the foam on the back side panel through the hole in the motherboard tray as well.
The bottom has a filtered vent on the bottom of the chassis, enabling the PSU to be mounted in either orientation. I like this, because when mounting the intake fan to be downwards, you are thermally isolating your PSU from the rest of your components, keeping ambient case temperatures down.
The tool-less design for the drive bays is very similar to that of the VS-9 which we reviewed, and one which I've grown fond of. You simply twist the know, and the plate comes free, slide in your drive, click the posts into the drive holes, twist the knob back, and presto, your drive is now installed!
The case feet are quite nice, giving the bottom vent ample clearance, and also having a nice, anti-vibration and very "grippy" rubber bottom.