Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review - Final Thoughts

 

Final Thoughts

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In the process of shrinking the monolithic HAF X to a more practical size, the folks at Cooler Master have retained a massive amount of functionality. The entire chassis is very sleek and professional, being constructed with the utmost precision. Even the latched side panel has an extremely tight fit with zero gaps or wiggle. The best part is that, despite all the effort put into making the HAF XM as compact and portable as it is, the whole case can be gutted at a moments notice. If you place a premium on versatility and are looking for a high-end mid-tower from a quality brand, we see no reason not to recommend this latest case from Cooler Master.  The HAF XM enables the cooling options and clearance that are offered by many full towers, but in a much smaller package.

So is the HAF XM worthy of it's $129.99 price tag? Most definitely. Compared to the $199.99 HAF X from which it was sculpted, the XM has lost one 5.25" drive bay, some ductwork, and $70 off MSRP. What is has gained is support for up to nine SSDs, easier installation and access via a latched side panel, and a more manageable form factor. We will let you decide where your priorities lie, but for us this chassis is a valuable addition to Cooler Master's arsenal and a tantalizing option for those looking at the HAF series. There are still a number of excellent competitors out there such as the $119.99 Antec P280, $149.99 Corsair Obsidian 550D, and $109.99 Fractal Define R3, but there's no denying that the HAF XM is sure to make a splash in the mid-tower market. Cooler Master is on a roll, and we can't wait to see what they have in store for us next!

 

The Good

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The Bad

  • Refined styling gives the HAF XM a more professional demeanor than its brethren
  • Excellent build quality with seamless panels
  • PSU cable partition is a dead simple means of eliminating clutter
  • Tons of cooling expansion for the most demanding applications
  • Widespread support for solid-state drives
  • Price tag of $129.99 makes for an attainable high-end mid-tower
  • 200mm fans allow for quiet operation
  • PSU filter is not easily removable from the outside

 

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