In Win D-Frame Mini - Mini-ITX Case Review

Design and utility are two totally different things. IN WIN delivers to us today a mini-ITX computer "case" that will draw the interests of many enthusiasts simply based on its design alone. But many enthusiasts are all about utility first! Does the D-Frame Mini bridge the gap from eye catching design into the realm of a great performer?

Introduction

Today we are reviewing the IN WIN D-Frame Mini.

IN WIN, founded in 1985, has produced cases popular with enthusiast and modders for well over a decade. In addition to producing cases for corporate clients, over the last few years IN WIN has developed a successful line of gaming cases that are popular with consumers in need of a gaming chassis on a budget. To date, we've reviewed a handful of IN WIN cases including the IN WIN GT1, IN WIN G7, IN WIN D Frame and the IN WIN 904 .

From the company's about us section:

IN WIN Development Inc., an ISO 9001 manufacturer of professional computer chassis, power supplies and digital storage devices, is the leading provider of enclosure solutions to system integrators worldwide. Founded in 1985, IN WIN provides high quality chassis that conform to all safety regulations, as well as unsurpassed customer service.

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In Win has become a leading, top-notch manufacturer of core technology in order to meet market and consumer needs and demands. Our company’s management team has laid a strong foundation in terms of eight major elements: Innovation, Service, Speed, Value, Safety, Warmth, Faithfulness, and Diligence. These elements help In Win to remain a leader in the business realm and also help differentiate us from our competition.

We have the IN WIN D-Frame Mini on the test bench today. This is the mini-ITX version of the full-sized IN WIN D-Frame we reviewed a year ago. Much like it's full-sized sibling, the D-Frame Mini is constructed of TIG welded aluminum pipe and tempered glass, this open-air chassis comes in black/red, red/black and orange/blue. IN WIN claims that the D-Frame Mini is the "most powerful, most forward-looking and ultra-portable mini-ITX gaming chassis that provides nothing less than the ultimate gaming experience." That's an awful big claim for such a small chassis. Let's get down to business and see if this mini-ITX case has what it takes to deliver on the company's promises.

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Product Packaging

The IN WIN D-Frame Mini was shipped in its bare product packaging and arrived without a scratch. The box itself is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams. The overall measurements are 20"H x 12.5"L x 23"W.

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The front and back of the box prominently features flashy graphics, a hero shot of the case, as well as the name and company logo in red and black with product information and feature list on the sides. The case itself is wrapped in a black cloth bag and held in place by thick polyethylene foam inserts.

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