In one word, the Bat case could be described as "Fancy". The exterior design and looks of this case are its primary features, with ease of installation and flexibility coming second. The Bat case, a middle ATX PC case for both Intel and AMD based motherboards, clearly targets Batman "fans" and PC case enthusiasts. If making an impression is the primary concern of the Bat case, then it has certainly succeeded.
The mask shaped front panel, along with the winged side panels as well as the Bat-logos on both sides, which by the way are quite polished and reflect, are a truly nice touch. If you add the bright eyes that light up (optional) when the case is powered on, then we would say that we have an overall impressive outcome, even though transparent side panels are not available. Additional lights can be installed, as seen in these pages, were the power supply and a colored fan along with the cooler gave a blue like glow to the inside which was visible from the "Bat-grills" as Sansun refers to them, located on the sides and the back of the case.
A useful feature on this case is the location at the top of the case, of the extra (exterior) USB 2.0, Firewire, Mic and headphones ports. Their placement there makes them easily accessible, as well as that of the Power and reset buttons which are located next to the ports. It isn't immediately apparent just how useful this placement really is.
The downside is the interior space which doesn't always make for easy installation. Installation is described as "tool-less", though this is not always the case. For the HDD and FDD installation, even though the case follows on the footsteps of "new age" cases with sliding HDD cages that don't require unplugging, we encountered some problems during the procedure. The orientation of the cages did not offer any assistance in HDD loading and unloading, where the HDD cage along with the HDD were blocked by the graphics card(s). In the case of SLI cards, which we installed initially during this review, the problem becomes even more complicated.
On the "tool-less" side, we have another important quirk to point out. The PCI expansion slots, require the unscrewing of a plastic lock which holds down any PCI and AGP cards installed. The plastic lock, as we saw in the review, doesn't sit properly, thanks to the size of some of the latest release graphics cards (PCI-E). These are two important points that need to be taken into account. Other than that, we found the installation fairly simple and quite enjoyable (we were impatient to see the eyes glow blue).
What we ended up with at the end of the day, was a nice looking and rather impressive PC case, a change from all the cases we've become used to, which will satisfy all potential buyers if design and impressive looks are your primary goal.
The retail price for the Sansun SN-C001 BAT case, at the time of the review, is $70. For more information visit http://www.sansungroup.com.tw.