Jonsbo cases drop thick tempered glass on the competition


— 4:19 PM on December 7, 2016

Jonsbo might not be a particularly familiar name to some readers, but the company has been building PC chassis for other vendors for some time, including Newegg's Rosewill house brand. The manufacturer recently announced a pair of elegant-looking PC cases. Let's take a good look at the ATX-size QT03 and the more compact microATX VR2.

The QT03 is designed to accomodate ATX motherboards and graphics cards up to 15.75" (40cm) in length. The case has an aluminum front, and both side panels are made from 5mm-thick tempered glass. The insides of the top and front panels are covered with sound-absorbing material. The case should be fairly quiet as-is, but its integrated fan controller should the operator to dial back the fan speed for potentially-silent operation.

The front panel can accept up to three 120-mm or 140-mm fans. Another 120-mm or 140-mm fan can be mounted to the chassis' back panel, which comes from the factory with a 120-mm spinner in it. A radiator as large as 360mm can be mounted in the front of the case, though the available clearance for graphics cards may suffer a bit. The manufacturer says up to three 2.5" and three 3.5" drives can be mounted in the case. The front panel is studded with a pair of USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 connectors, and the standard complement of audio jacks.

The QT03 is available with glass or aluminum front panels with transparent tempered glass, or with specular glass front and side panels offering a mirrored finish. Exterior dimensions measure 8.6" x 18.7" x 19.7" (21.7 cm x 47.5 cm x 50 cm).

The more compact VR2 chassis cradles a microATX motherboard in an unconventional "back-up" layout. The motherboard's rear I/O shield and expansion ports all face up. Jonsbo says this design allows the case to fit graphics cards as long as 12.6" (32 cm) in a more compact layout overall. We're not sure if that works out in practice, but the choice definitely does make it easier to connect and disconnect a VR headset and all its cables. The layout might also be something of a plus for owners with children of a certain age.

The VR2 has an aluminum front panel available in black, white, and red finishes. Both side panels are made from 5-mm tempered glass. Judging from the photos of assembled systems on Jonsbo's website, some people might prefer opaque finishes on the side facing the motherboard tray, just to hide the inevitable mess of cabling. The case has mounts for up to four 2.5" drives plus one 3.5" device.

A pair of 120-mm fans can be mounted on the bottom of the case, and another 120-mm fan can be added to the top panel. Water cooling support appears limited to a top-mounted 120-mm radiator. The VR2 measures 14.9" x 9.4" x 15.8" (37.8cm x 23.8cm x 40cm).

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