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Cougar Blazer Review

A First Look at the Cougar Blazer »

Open frame cases have become quite popular in recent years.  Cougar established themselves as a leader in the space with their Conquer mid-tower case, then followed it up by adding the Blazer mid-tower to their lineup.  The Blazer shares the Conquer’s plate-and-standoff open frame construction and orange accents but has a slightly more traditional profile.  How does the Blazer stack up to the rest of the mid-tower case market?  Let’s find out.

 

 

 

Review Sample Provided By: Cougar

Product Name: Blazer

Product not available for purchase at the time of review

Review sample provided in return for work done to produce this review

Specifications

Dimensions 226 x 535 x 560 (mm) / 8.9 x 21.1 x 22 (in)
Weight 9.8 kg /21.6 lbs
Front Ports 2x USB 3.0

2x Audio I/O

Compatibility

Motherboard Compatibility SSI CEB, ATX, MATX, ITX
Expansion Slots 7
Max CPU Cooler Height 160 (mm) / 6.3 (in)
Max GPU Length 350 (mm) / 13.8 (in)
Power Supply Type ATX
Max Power Supply Length 180 (mm) / 7.1 (in)
Storage Bays 2.5″ x 2 or 3.5″ x 2 (behind motherboard tray)

2.5″ x 1 (in back panel cable cover)

2.5″ x 2 (in front panel)

3.5″ x 1 (behind front panel)

Total Fans Supported 5 x 120 mm
Right Side Fan/Radiator Support 3 x 120 mm
Top Fan/Radiator Support 2 x 120 mm

Included Accessories

Adhesive Cable Ties 5x
Adhesive Cable Clips 5x

 

Packaging

The Blazer’s retail box is rather unique.  While most case boxes open at the top, the Blazer’s box features an asymmetrical, orange and black pair of doors on one side.  The larger of the doors feature a picture of the case.  The box is best opened with these doors facing upwards to prevent the glass panels from falling out.  Overall, this design makes unpacking and repacking the case very easy.

 

Upon opening the box, you are immediately greeted by a sheet of closed-cell foam that contains both of the case’s glass side panels, as well as the ten screws that hold them in place.

 

Behind the side panels is the case itself, tucked between two blocks of closed-cell foam.  The case’s screws and instruction manual can be found in a pocket in the corner of one of the blocks of foam.

 

Overall, the packaging is some of the best on the market.  Shipping a full build in the original packaging shouldn’t be a problem as long as the glass panels can be removed and stored in their foam block.

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Brendan Shroyer

A lover of unusual tech products and unconventional mods, Brendan loves experimenting with new parts and materials. When he isn't working on a computer, Brendan also builds guitars and works as a stage hand at the local amphitheater.

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