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Corsair Obsidian Series 250D - No Compromises

By Kevin Bruce Francisco & Kenny Yeo - 3 Feb 2014


No Compromises

If you are shopping for a casing, it is hard to ignore Corsair’s offerings these days. While they may be relatively new in the casing scene and may be priced a little more exorbitantly than the competition, their casings have gained a reputation for being well built and extremely functional.

We have spoke about Corsair’s aim to diversify its product offerings in earlier reviews, and at CES 2014, Corsair showcased a range of new casings, PSUs and gaming peripherals to further expand on its product portfolio.

The Obsidian Series 250D is Corsair's first Mini-ITX casing.

One casing that caught our attention is the Obsidian Series 250D. The Obsidian Series 250D is the company’s first ever Mini-ITX casing and has been positioned as a no compromise Mini-ITX casing for enthusiasts and gamers.

Here’s a quick look at its key specifications:

Casing Dimensions & Specifications
  • Height: 290mm
  • Width: 277mm
  • Depth: 351.2mm
  • Material: Aluminum / SECC metal / Plastic
  • Case color: Black
  • Motherboard support: Mini-ITX
Drive Bays & Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 1 x external 5.25-inch drive bay
  • 2 x internal 3.5 / 2.5-inch drive bays
  • 2 x expansion slots
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • Headphones, microphone jacks
Case Cooling
  • Front: 1 x 140mm fan (included)
  • Rear: 2 x 80mm fans (optional)
  • Side: 2 x 120mm fans (1 included)
Power Supply
  • Standard ATX PS2

 Design & Features

The ports are located at the top right corner and there's two USB 3.0 ports and the usual headphone and microphone jacks.

Corsair’s casings are not the most stylish or flamboyant looking, and the new Obsidian Series 250D is no different. With the exception of the brushed aluminum front panel and a see through window panel on the roof, there are no other distinct design flourishes to speak off, and overall, it resembles a big black box. That said, it looks solidly put together and it feels that way too. Corsair has certainly not skimped on materials and the combination of thick SECC steel and high quality plastics mean that the Obsidian Series 250D exhibits no sign of flexing and feels like a quality product.

The casing also has a generous amount of cooling options despite its modest size. Up front is a 140mm fan that comes with the case and inside the casing are mounting points to install two 120mm fans on the side - one 120mm is provided by Corsair. These side mounting points can also be used for liquid cooling radiators of up to 240mm in length. Users can also opt to additional fans in the rear - there are mounting points for two 80mm ones.

The side panels feature cut outs for ventilation and have dust filters to help keep the internals clean.The aluminum front panel is secured by push latches and can be removed to access the front dust filter for the forward facing 140mm fan.The aluminum front panel is secured by push latches and can be removed to access the front dust filter for the forward facing 140mm fan.The casing has rubber feet at each corner and a dust filter located at the bottom for the PSU's fresh air intake.

Overall, the design of the Obsidian Series 250D is sound and the build quality is very good. However, we do have a misgiving that we would like to raise. Much to our disappointment, we found the dust filters on the side panels to be shoddily made. They are glued onto magnetic strips and we found that they come off pretty easily because the adhesive used is weak.

The dust filter could do with better construction. The filter itself is glued onto magnetic strips and we found them to come off from the strip too easily, making washing a delicate process.