Cougar Challenger Mid Tower Case Review

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Cougar is on the prowl for glory in the mid-range case market with the feature-heavy Challenger. Employing thoughtful amenities generally associated with up-market cases, can Cougar use the Challenger to attack a price vs performance sweet-spot?

A trio of 5.25” tool-less drive bays, an external 3.5” compartment and 7x 2.5/3.5” storage drive slots proves that functionality hasn’t been overlooked by Cougar. Another convenient feature is the external hot-swap SATA port that makes transferring data a quick and simple task.

With 7 fan mounting locations, support for large CPU coolers and up to 410mm graphics cards, conveniently-positioned cable management cut-outs and a truly unique ‘pilot unlock missile’ power button, is the Challenger a weapon destined to force its way to the mid-range cases’ top-spot?

Specifications:

  • Motherboard support: Micro ATX / ATX.
  • Expansion slots: 7.
  • Included fans: 1x 120mm (rear) & 1x 200mm (front).
  • Fan mounts: 2x 120/140 or 1x 200 (Front), 2x 120/140 or 1x 180/200 (Top), 1x 120(Rear), 1x 120/140 (Bottom + side)
  • 5.25″ drive bays: 3.
  • Internal drive bays: 7x 2.5/3.5″ or 4x 2.5/3.5″ & 3x 2.5″.
  • External drive bays: 1x 3.5″ (Front panel), 1x SATA hot-swap bay.
  • Dimensions: 268(W) x 514(H) x 523(D).
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  • Martin Porcas
    October 11, 2012
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    Not sure on the looks, those wings on the front make it look like a giant black lady love nest and the ‘amusing’ power button can only be described as a clitoris!

    … or perhaps it’s just me! :)

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  • Xtreme
    October 11, 2012
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    Waste of time reviewing this chinese crap as you cant buy it in most countries. 0/10 for me im afraid.

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  • R0xxy
    October 11, 2012
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    Arrrggh! My eyes!!!

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  • Davis
    October 11, 2012
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    Fair review, but I have never seen any of our local stores stocking t hese cases. or anything else they make. Seems pointless they would seek reviews when they have poor distribution.

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  • Harris
    October 11, 2012
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    Wow that is the ugliest case ive seen. looks like a cylon warrior from battestar gallactica mated with a cockroach.

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  • Eran
    October 11, 2012
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    eye catching, but not my cup of tea, by a long shot.

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  • Manucuna
    October 11, 2012
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    As a woman this is not appealing at all. it looks to be designed for young teenage boys who dream of being airforce pilots.

    ill stick with silverstone.

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  • Chromium_Sun
    October 24, 2012
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    Urghh… that has to be one of the ugliest and cheesiest cases I’ve ever set my now horribly sore eyes on.

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  • Cougar MX500 Mid Tower Case Review | KitGuru
    February 24, 2014
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    [...] last case we looked at from Cougar was the Challenger which we reviewed over here. We scored this down for the lack of cable management offers and the rather unusual design. It will [...]

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