In and Around the Rosewill Line-M

Working with the Rosewill Line-M made me feel downright nostalgic. It doesn't suffer from the same kind of poor build quality (and comically optimistic price tag) of the Moneual Sonamu G100 I reviewed some time ago, but I couldn't help but want the Line-M in beige, if you catch my drift.

The front of the Line-M is all business. It's a black plastic fascia and features two external 5.25" bays and a single 3.5" bay for the inevitable card reader. Beneath the drive bays are the I/O cluster and power and reset buttons, and then below them is a large vent for the 120mm blue LED intake fan. A blue LED fan is kind of an oddball choice for a case like this that seems destined to be hanging out under desks in home offices, and it does stick out some.

When you check out the top, sides, and back, there are the subtle hints of a more modern case design (if the USB 3.0 ports didn't give it away). The left side panel features two vents with 92mm/120mm fan mounts, and the back of the case sports a fifth expansion slot for users who somehow deign to install a multi-GPU configuration in the Line-M. The irony there is that I'm reasonably certain the case is actually perfectly adequate for it.

The side panels are held in place by thumbscrews, and while I hate notched panels, they're at least expected in a case this inexpensive. That there's a loop in the back for a padlock is an indicator of where this case is supposed to go, but that loop also helps line up the side panel and makes it easier to slide on without bending the notches. Get those panels off, though, and you'll see there's no space at all behind the motherboard tray.

As for the interior itself, Rosewill's design is very minimal but also uses space very efficiently. I think it's important to remember (and you'll see what I mean later) that there are good reasons to mount the power supply to the top of the case instead of the bottom. Currently the biggest albatross hanging around the neck of case design is the 5.25" bay, but lining up the power supply behind the 5.25" bays at least winds up using space efficiently and lowers the motherboard so the case's intake has a more direct line to the CPU cooler.

Undoubtedly the whole of the Rosewill Line-M is going to look downright archaic. I've been watching the technology of case design continue to advance since I began reviewing cases here, and seeing a build that doesn't include a lot of modern designs is kind of curious. With that in mind, though, I still feel like Rosewill's overall design is a very efficient one in terms of space and apropos to what the case is intended for. But why the blue LED fan?

Introducing the Rosewill Line-M Assembling the Rosewill Line-M
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  • Retrophe - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    Not a bad case. Would be fun to mod with a small window, sound deadening and better fans.
    Nice review as always.

    Oh and nice wiring job Paul!
  • iTzSnypah - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    If you casually look at cases on newegg by number of reviews (and thus purchases), all the top reviewed cases have LED fans. AKA people are attracted to bright lights.

    It's weird though as the Rosewill's Line (ATX version) is offered in both LED and non-LED versions.

    My only gripe with this case besides it's price is that I hate stacked side fan vents, I would much rather have horizontal ones.
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    The non-LED version is probably intended for the same (business) customers who want the padlock loop on the back. It's a trivial alternative to let them target two markets at once.
  • ahar - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    I think the title would make more sense if wherefore meant where.
  • beemeup - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    Yeah, wherefore means "why" and not "where" as most people would think.
    It's a very deceptive word.
  • Silverkinggames - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    Really? So when Shakespeare wrote "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Juliet was asking Why he was named Romeo and not where Romeo is? I understand this is a tech site but you may want to expand your knowledge some to understand the reference of the title.
  • A5 - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    Yes, asking "why" he is Romeo is EXACTLY what she was doing.

    If he were not Romeo Monatgue, their relationship would not have any barriers or complications.

    You should really learn the material before making fun of other people for not knowing it. Even the most basic reading of it would have taught you this.
  • thermopyle2 - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    Actually, Juliet wasn't asking why he was named Romeo, but why he IS Romeo. Basically her question was about why Romeo had to be who he is, instead of somebody not in a family hers opposed. "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" was a lament about her heart's poor choices, and the family he unfortunately belonged to.
  • adityanag - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    "I understand this is a tech site but you may want to expand your knowledge some to understand the reference of the title. "

    Indeed.. you might even want to read Romeo & Juliet. It is why, not where.

    This line made me laugh out loud. Silverkinggames, there is an expression that is extremely apt: "Hoist by his own petard"

  • Sweepster - Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - link

    Type in wherefore in Google and you get:
    For what reason: "she took an ill turn, but wherefore I cannot say".
    As a result of which: "truly he cared for me, wherefore I title him with all respect".

    So I believe an apology is in order here.

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