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    Default Cougar MX500 Mid Tower

    In an ideal world, when you want to build your next PC, you want to get nothing but the best components for the money you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, life tends to sometimes get in the way, and some corners must be cut somewhere to make the build happen. This is why various price points exist for different ranges of products, though lately several manufacturers have taken to the notion that the ratio of paying less for getting less is too heavily skewed in favor of paying less for getting nowhere near enough for your money. Cougar figures it's their turn to toss another chip into the stack of afford-ably priced gamer cases with the introduction of the MX500 mid tower case.Said to be a sleek, modern designed gaming tower, does this offer gamers the features they crave without breaking the bank? Let's dig in and find out, but first here's a bit about Cougar:

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    Default Re: Cougar MX500 Mid Tower

    Nice review Mike. not really feeling this case though. Cougar really need to step up their case game.
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    I feel liek this is too much of a "budget Case" and that they skimped out on the things that really appeal to the Buyers. Especially the Front Grill, Don't they realize how dusty black Intake covers get
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    wow...that is probably one of the ugliest cases I've ever seen. i normally like simple case designs, but some designers should be fired over this.

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    Greay review Mike thanks for posting

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    Default Re: Cougar MX500 Mid Tower

    Great review as always Mike!

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    Default Re: Cougar MX500 Mid Tower

    This is the kind of case that i'd do low budget builds with, the Universal "One size fits all" kinda thing.
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    Default Re: Cougar MX500 Mid Tower

    In its defense... If it had a nice windowed side panel on it, it might look decent. Im not liking the combination of the hard edges and the rounded front bezel though. If you are going to go with one theme, stick with it. But I think the right window mod could really tie it all together.

    Anyway, great review!

    EDIT: Looking at it again... I dont quite understand the reasoning behind having 3 rear waco grommets... What are you going to do with 3? lol should have just left it at two or added a fourth.
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    Default Re: Cougar MX500 Mid Tower

    Thank you all for your comments here! It's true that this case falls seriously short of Cougar's standards... in stock form. However as has been mentioned, when you MOD the case it can become so much more than the sum of its parts. I really really REALLY want to mod this case up some and see if I can't give it a new lease on life, but what I feel happened from the OEM was that during development, the design team was having a field day with the setup and then suddenly had to stahp when the coin counters realized this was turning into a VERY pricey mid tower. So they pulled critical case features and this is what the user is left with. Not a BAD case, just incredibly awkward due to it not having any real focus or direction. I feel like future revisions of this case will do it much more justice since I feel like this one was very much a learning experience for Cougar moving forward with new cases in their lineup.

    In stock form it has to compete against the Ostrog GT and the previously reviewed iVektor cases, each from Enermax and each excellent cases in this pricing segment. Hell even DIYPC has a tower in this range that is better... when does that EVER happen? It's a super competitive segment that only a few case manufacturers can even begin to dabble in because they get the market and are a bit more practiced it seems. Cougar will get this case much better in the next version I think.

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