Corsair has been around for multiple decades, offering PC users some of the best quality hardware available, from keyboards to power supplies. They delve into almost every sector of the PC market and one field they continue to excel in is computer cases. From the colossal super towers that you can basically fit two computers into, to their strangely appealing microATX offering, Corsair has everything you want when it comes to functional and aesthetically pleasing enclosures. The 4000D model is one of the company’s latest additions in their long lineup of cases, offering an affordable mid-range structure that has some of the bells and whistles you’d expect from more expensive offerings. Does the 4000D stand tall or is it more of what we’ve come to expect?
Corsair’s latest lineup of cases look to focus on value and airflow while having a minimalist, yet eye catching design. Offered in both white and black (with us reviewing the latter), the 4000D stands 466mm in height, with a width of 230mm and a length of 453mm. The control panel is featured on the top of the case and includes a power button, reset button, 2.5mm audio jack, and both a USB Type A and 3.1 Type C USB ports. The latter is especially nice; even though you’ll find most devices still use the standard 3.0 port (or even 2.0), it’s always appreciated to see this built on the case itself. The 4000D rocks a tempered glass panel that’s easily removable by a single screw on the back. It does take a little force to actually snap it off its fittings, but it’s not too much that it feels like you’re breaking something off. The glass panel itself is one of the more visually beneficial features of the case as if you’re someone who likes to show off their innards, especially Corsair’s RGB lineup of hardware, this will help.
One of the best aspects is that there are also numerous filters attached to the case itself. The top is magnetic with Corsair’s lovely black and yellow logo being used as the strip to detach it and triangle holes to filter out the dust. There’s one on the bottom and another on the front that needs to be snapped into place. This is something that has bugged me about cheaper and even mid-range cases in general: their filtering has been (for the most part) subpar, offering little for you to trap and properly clean your case. The 4000D does this well with their filtering options. Airflow in general is a big component to Corsair’s strategy, as well, having two models available: airflow and standard. We reviewed the standard which features a panel on the front where it takes in air on the sides of it, with the airflow model being fully open with the similar triangle mesh pattern allowing the air in with no guard.
I would have liked a little more when it came to fans as all that was included was one 120mm on the front and one on the back. It gives you a lot of room when it comes to customization, with upwards of five more mountable, but what’s included is the bare minimum when it comes to fans. In terms of cable management, this is made easy with not only the number of openings that can be pushed from the back to the front of the case, but the Velcro straps. These allow you to tie down your immense number of cables — which can be a lot if you utilize an LED hub — with minimal mess. Obviously, there’s going to be a little bit based on the vast number of different wire types, but regardless, these help with cable management immensely. With that said, while there’s an adjustable slot on the side to give the cables a little more breathing room, some of the more sizable cables, such as the ATX cable, are an absolute pain to get around the groove and plug in. Using something like the Corsair RM750x and AX760, we struggled, but thankfully this was the only problem with cable management.
One of the biggest issues with this case is the spacing at the bottom for the power supply. Because of where the head drive closure is, there’s little room for the power supply cables which can lead to it being overly cramped. In addition, the hard drive closure doesn’t appear to be secured. It’s held down by two screws on one side, with the other side somehow being held in the air, leaving our hard drives hanging at an angle. It wouldn’t be a big problem, but we found that one of our hard drives whines, making an unbearable vibrating hum at random times. In addition, we had a lot of issues with the front of the case, specifically the removable front panel. While it’s made of strong material, removing it a couple times to clean the filters, the hinges that lock it in place no longer fit in the groves correctly, leaving the front panel to fall off or kind of just sit there unsecure. It technically allows for more airflow, but leaves the front of your computer completely exposed outside of the filter.
The Corsair 4000D is a solid, affordable mid-tower computer case that comes with a number of greatly-appreciated features. The design acts as both functional and visually appealing, with a nice minimalist look to it. The filters are some of the best for the price of the case, having a magnetic mesh on the top and an easily detachable top and bottom that allow you to properly keep your computer clean. I would have liked a second 3.0 USB connection (or even 2.0), but this is a minimal complaint. Unfortunately, we did run into a number of issues that only frustrated us. These include a less-than-ideal hard drive closure that not only doesn’t feel secure but leaves the power supply with little space. Additionally, the front panel became unusable after a while and there’s a minimum number of fans for a case all about airflow. Regardless, the 4000D all about customization, having just enough airflow and style points while ensuring you’re able to show off your PC in style.