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Kolink Nimbus – Compact ATX Tower with Glass and RGB

Exterior Impression

Externally Kolink uses a well known design for the Nimbus, which is very similar to the Lian Li LANCOOL ONE. The front element is completely made of plastic and can be pulled off with a strong pull to the front. In order to make the plastic look better, the front element has a brushed aluminium look. In addition to the central opening, there are also well-dimensioned openings on the sides so that optional front ventilators can transport enough fresh air into the interior. The front opening is characterized by a mealy-white frame. Behind this frame there are numerous digitally addressable RGB LEDs. To protect against dust Kolink has hidden a magnetic mesh dust filter behind the front panel.

If one raises the view, then the large fan opening in the lid catches one’s eye directly. In addition to mounting points for radiators and fans, it also has a magnetic mesh dust filter. In addition, the I/O panel is located in the lid. There are three USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0), 1x headphone and 1x microphone, 1x power, 1x reset and 1x LED to control the RGB strip. Another nice detail is that all ports and switches are black.

The left side part consists of 4 mm thick tempered glass and is slightly tinted. Since the pane is mounted on a thin steel frame, only two knurled screws on the back are required to attach it to the body. In addition, the frame was equipped with foam rubber strips for decoupling. The right side panel is made of steel and is also attached to the body with two normal knurled screws. The stability of the sidepanel is just sufficient.

If you place the case on its “back”, you can see the underside well. But there’s not much to see here. As with all other cases, Kolink uses a simple mesh grid for the dust filter of the power supply, which is held by metal tabs. In order for the power supply unit to get enough air, the manufacturer has equipped the underside with four silver plastic feet. These look chic and stable. In addition, four screws and various holes can be seen. This indicates that the internal hard disk cage can also be removed if necessary.

The back side corresponds to the usual standard of current midi towers. The power supply is mounted at the bottom, above it there are seven slots for PCI expansion cards. These are, as always with Kolink, unfortunately to break out and the manufacturer does not enclose a replacement. Finally, the pre-installed case fan with a frame width of 120 millimeters can be found on the back.

The external processing and the varnishing are basically in order. The body is very light without side parts and front parts and twists a bit with effort. This strongly suggests the use of thin steel. We also find the breakable slot bezels or missing spare bezels annoying.

Inside Impression

Like the exterior of the Kolink Nimbus, the interior of the Midi Tower is very conservative and compact. The manufacturer also remains true to the two-chamber system of the Nimbus, following a trend that has existed for some time.

The chambers are separated by a cover that runs through the entire lower area of the tower. On the top side, the cover is completely perforated, allowing the power supply unit to be mounted upside down (with the fan pointing upwards). Above the cover there is space for the mainboard and the expansion cards. In addition, the tray and the power supply cover were equipped with openings for CPU cooler mounting and cable management. Two 2,5″ SSDs can also be displayed to the right of the mainboard. The Nimbus in the front allows a total of three 120 mm fans or two 140 mm fans to be mounted so that sufficient cool air can be transported into the interior. Further fans can be mounted in the cover.

Let us now turn to the back and the lower chamber. In this chamber the power supply and two more hard disks will be placed. Kolink has installed a hard disk cage to the left of the power supply area, which holds two 3,5″-HDDs. The cage is fixed with four screws and rubber rings and decoupled. If the space below the cover is needed for a larger power supply, the cage can also be completely removed. The power supply is located to the right of the HDD cage and rests on normal steel standoffs.

The interior processing is fine for the desired price class. The paintwork has no noticeable defects and there are no sharp edges that could be cut. Only the material thickness could be a bit higher in places.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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