Enermax Hoplite ST PC Case Review

Enermax is pushing a new budget-minded PC case into the market soon and today we cover what it will bring to the table in terms of enthusiast needs. The Hoplite ST is a small package carries with it a feature rich enthusiast package for a $70 MSRP chassis but how does all of this unit perform when it is chock full of hardware?

Introduction

Who among you isn't familiar with the Enermax brand? The company, known the world over for its impressive line of power supplies (a long time favorite here at [H]ard|OCP), also features a full line of coolers and computer cases, the latter of which brings us here today.

While our last Enermax case evaluation featured the top of the line Fulmo GT, the subject of today's evaluation can be considered the foot soldier of the Enermax line of cases, the Enermax Hoplite ST. In fact, the term "Hoplite" comes from the times of ancient Greece. The word was used to describe armored foot soldiers, armed with a spear and shield that were famous for fighting in a phalanx formation. We're not sure if that was by design or merely a coincidence but, either way, the name is very fitting.

Enermax Hoplite ST

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Enermax Technology Corporation was founded in1990 by a group of young professional, enthusiastic, and high-tech oriented people in Taiwan . The Enermax founders left high-profile positions from prestigious computer firms, bringing over 10 years of professional experiences to our own.

Now, Enermax is engaged in developing more powerful types of products to serve customers in the future. To provide efficient coordination, after sales services and technical support to customers is our primary purpose. The Enermax R&D department is proud of its strong engineering background. We focus on developing new products for both potential and existing markets. We also emphasize on new product types, product functions, design and quality. Each year, we release an average of 4 new series of products. Our R&D equipments are sourced both locally and imported from Japan. Based on our product development procedure, we have developed a team of experts to ensure that our products are manufactured to the most rigorous and highest standards imposed by the industry.

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Product Packaging

The Enermax Hoplite ST was shipped in its bare product packaging. The box itself is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard with a row of dual staples along the seams. The overall measurements are 22"H x 21.5"L x 11"W.

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When it comes to box art, Enermax skipped the flashy packaging this time around in favor of a more subtle look using plain cardboard packaging. The outside of the box is adorned with an outline of the case, product information and company logo printed in blue and red. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick molded foam inserts.

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The box was a little worse for wear with a few dents and rub marks but there was no damage to the case itself.


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