The life of a genie cannot possibly be wonderful. It isn’t so much the fact that he or she has to answer to the master’s every whim, but that a genie spends most of the time cramped inside a tiny bottle. Maybe it is like Dr. Who’s TARDIS inside where the interior is much more spacious than what the external appearance suggests. I extend that same sympathy to the small magical components I have on my system that obey my every whim with a stroke from a keyboard or a click from a mouse. Granted, they are enjoying spacious full-tower accommodations at the moment but I have always searched for a smaller solution so I can transport them easily. Unfortunately, most of the solutions I can find are far from cozy and cannot fit high-end components which are generally larger, especially video cards and CPU coolers.
It is also intriguing to note that a lot of advanced mini-tower and small form-factor solutions that can handle high-end components seem to be a lot pricier than standard ATX mid-towers. This is somewhat understandable since the selection is few when it comes to mini-towers while the majority of cases in the market fit a standard ATX motherboard. Coincidentally, Cooler Master’s new N-series cases are hitting the market, one of which is a budget mini-tower case called the N200.
The Cooler Master N200 case is a mini-tower budget solution that supports high-end component installation. The CM N200 can house a micro-ATX or a mini-ATX motherboard, CPU coolers up to 160mm tall and video cards up to 355mm long. The front intake has room for a pair of 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator with enough room for push pull configurations due to the movable HDD cage. Two versions of the Cooler Master N200 are available, a basic version with a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port, as well as an Advanced version with two USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port in the front panel. The left side-panel of the N200 has a mounting area for a 120mm fan but there is a windowed side-panel version that lacks this feature. Out of the box, the Cooler master N200 is equipped with a pair of 120mm fans, one located in the front intake and one located in the rear exhaust. An optional 120mm or 140mm fan can be installed at the top of the CM N200 for additional exhaust as well.