Once I got the case out of the packaging, the very first thing that happens is the entire front of the case simply falls off. Either from damage in shipping, poor design, or a combination of both, most of the tabs that hold the front of the case on had snapped off.
The few that were left intact had stress cracks and signs of fatigue. While I should be able to super glue these pieces back in place, there really needs to be a better design for these tabs.
The first thing you notice is the side panel. It gives a really nice look into the interior of the case. Unfortunately most of the view is taken up by the unappealing drive cage and the tabs that hold drives in place.
This case has a fantastic finish. It's slightly textured, but very glossy; the finish is similar to Rustoleum's hammered texture paint.
I really haven't made up my mind if I like the front part of the case or not. It has a nice sleek design, but it's rather bulky and makes several sacrifices for style.
The Samurai also comes with front mounted USB and audio ports. Unfortunately, they put them in the wrong place. For anyone designing a case that might be reading this, I can't stress this enough. Put the ports on the upper part of the case, facing forwards! The last thing I want to do when plugging in my thumb drive is to have to reach around to the opposite side of the case and bend over to the ground. When the ports are at the top, I simply have to reach down and plug in the drive. If they are facing the front, I don't have to look around for 5 minutes trying to see the ports.
This is a shot of the door open. With nearly all of the tabs broken in my case, it's quite difficult to do, because when I pull on the door, the entire front of the case pops off.