...Obsidian Series 500D represents a return to form for Corsair and deserves to be on your shortlist for a high-end build.
Corsair has updated its range of Obsidian Series enclosures for the first time since 2014 with the launch of the mid-tower 500D.
Priced at £140 and designed to appeal to a wider audience than some of the niche Obsidian Series enclosures of the past, this latest entrant offers an array of enticing features in a sleek, well-proportioned frame.
The highlights include hinged tempered glass and aluminium doors that swing open with ease, an I/O panel that includes USB 3.1 Type-C, and removable fan trays that simplify liquid-cooler installation. 500D shares a similar underlying frame to the Crystal Series 570X, but for those who find RGB lighting a tad too ostentatious for their liking, Corsair makes the surprise decision to forego any out-the-box illumination.
A simpler, less cluttered aesthetic is a welcome change, and the latest Obsidian Series chassis is only a few small tweaks away from being an excellent all-rounder. We'd prefer the side panels to sit flush and two of the three dust filters are a bit fiddly to remove, but other than that our gripes are few and far between.
Bottom line: competition in the mid-tower space is really hotting up; Obsidian Series 500D represents a return to form for Corsair and deserves to be on your shortlist for a high-end build.
Sleek, uncluttered design
Easy access hinged doors
Removable fan/radiator trays
Solid build quality throughout
I/O panel includes USB 3.1 Type-C
Good cable management
Top and front dust filters are fiddly
Only two bundled fans
Does little to contain noise
Corsair Obsidian Series 500D
The Corsair Obsidian Series 500D chassis is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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