Closer look at the BitFenix Prodigy M – External
From the outside there is not much that separates the Prodigy M from the Prodigy. It is available in both white and black and we got the black version for this review. The case is made in steel and plastic. The handles at the top and the stand in the bottom is made of something Bitfenix calls “FyberFlex composite” and what it basically is flexible plastic that flexes a bit when you grab the handles and lift the case up. It does not feel like it is going to break but it takes a bit getting used to. The stand in the bottom helps getting the case up from the ground offering a lot of space for air to circulate. In addition to this the case itself uses the “sofTouch” coating meaning it has a matt finish with a soft touch that does not attract a lot of fingerprints.
The case is quite stylish. Since the surface is treated with the SofTouch material it isn’t shiny and does not attract a lot of fingerprints. In the front we find a mesh that allows air to be sucked in. Bitfenix still offers the support for 5.25″-drives. In the bottom there is holes that can be used when screwing on hard drives to the bottom of the case. It is also here we find the hole for the power supply as we as see a power cable sticking out. As you might deduce Bitfenix has come up with an interesting placement of the power supply, something we will talk about in a second.
The top has a filter that covers two spots for 120 mm fans or, if you use a slim one, a 240 mm radiator.
In the bottom you see holes that can be used to fasten a hard drive to the bottom of the case. There is also a big hole for the PSU where the PSU will blow out air. Since hot air is coming out from the bottom it means there is a risk that it is sucked in again. To help prevent this Bitfenix includes a heat shield that can be fastened at the bottom.
On the right side we find the on/off- and reset-buttons as well as usb 3.0 and audio-ports.