Earlier this year, Corsair released its latest flagship chassis, the Obsidian 900D. A bit later a mini version came out, the 350D. Almost like the shrunken versions of flagship mobiles from smartphone brands such as Samsung and HTC, there are many similarities with its bigger sibling, but the features are less extensive and advanced. It's smaller, more affordable and will only fit micro-ATX motherboards.
Compared to the Corsair 900D, one of the largest chassis we've tested, the 350D has less internal space and less room for liquid cooling. There are also fewer frontal connectors and internal fan connectors.
What remains the same is the sleek exterior, clever internal lay-out with many ways of creating a good airflow, along with space for one radiator for water cooling. There are two versions, one with a large side window that costs an average of £90, and one without. This one has a slightly lower average price of £83, though it's actually still quite high considering it's a micro-ATX chassis.
When we put the Corsair Obsidian 350D next to other micro-ATX chassis we've tested, it's clear that it's one of the largest out there. The volume, based on the external measurements, is actually higher than that of several ATX chassis, though much of its height comes from the feet.
To illustrate the fact that the 350D isn't exactly cheap, out of all the chassis below only the aluminium Xigmatek Gigas, Silverstone Fortress FT03 and Antec NSK2480 are more expensive. Let's see whether it's worth it.
The Corsair Obsidian 350D has a very classic, understated design, albeit a bit square. It's a good-looking chassis, unless you prefer more extravagant bells and whistles. Surrounding the front panel is a space for letting air stream into the chassis. The panel and the covers for the expansion slots in the front are covered in some type of laminated material, which feels a bit stronger than standard plastic. You can read the rest of Corsair Obsidian 350D preview on Hardware.info.