Packaging and Scope of Delivery
Since the housing has some glass elements, these must be sufficiently protected for the delivery. The phalanx arrives at our premises appropriately packed in polystyrene. The glass elements were additionally covered with a foil to protect them from scratches.
The housing conceals the accessories of the housing. The following parts are included:
- Miscellaneous screws for hardware and fastenings
- Screws for attaching fans to radiators
- Multiple cable ties
- RGB connection cable
- RGB remote control incl. battery and instructions
The accessories are sufficient and equipped with useful extras. Especially the screws for fastening to radiators are a practical addition. This could be used to attach two fans to a 240 or 280 mm radiator.
The housing consists mainly of thin steel, aluminium and glass. The processing is typical for the middle price range. Large gaps, defects in materials or sharp edges cannot be detected with our housing. The left side panel made of glass is visually striking. This fold-out glass element is equipped with a hinge. After loosening the screws, this can also be removed without any problems.
The top cover is magnetically attached and can be easily removed by hand. However, the cover is quite susceptible to signs of use, especially wrinkles or creases.
In addition to two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port and the typical on/off and reset switches, the front panel also has two 3.5 mm jack ports. A connection for USB type C is missing, but in this price class this is also a rarity so far.
The bottom of the housing reveals a cover for the power supply, which can be removed. The feet are rubberized and keep the housing in place.
The back of the Kolink Phalanx shows the PCI slots. However, these must be aborted and are then permanently removed.
All in all, the case leaves a good impression. Optically the housing looks a little bit like. The quality of the material and the workmanship does not show any major weaknesses, but traces of use can quickly be seen on the upper cover and the material is quite thin. The PCI slots, which cannot be remounted, also cloud the overall picture somewhat.
The interior of the Kolink Phalanx appears tidy at first glance. This is partly due to the separation of the mainboard and power supply room. However, this has the disadvantage that only a 280 mm radiator can be attached to the front. There are various possibilities for cable routing. But unfortunately no openings are rubberized.
When an ATX mainboard is mounted, it is flush with the partition wall of the PSU room. However, there is enough space for the upper cover, for example to mount an AiO water cooling system for the CPU.
The rear part of the interior reveals an element for RGB control. This is supplied with power by a Molex connection. However, an RGB element can only be connected via a proprietary connector. Control is via the reset switch on the housing or via the remote control. But more about that later.
Two 3.5-inch HDDs can be mounted in the non-removable hard disk cage in the lower area. However, a real decoupling does not take place. On the right above there is room for a 2.5-inch drive. Furthermore, there are several possibilities to fasten cables with cable ties.
Finally, the interior leaves a good impression. The room separation provides the potential to optically tidy up the cabling of the housing from the outside.