Overall Design and Layout
Aside from the excellent paint job and color scheme, the case’s angles are it’s most attractive feature; in profile, it looks like the whole system is being blown back a bit, sitting at a slight angle and resulting in rear fins reminiscent of early-model Corvettes. The rear section of the base sticks out slightly, calling to mind a Flying V guitar shape.
The chassis is completely unique, because when the Digital Storm crew was looking for a case to house a slim gaming PC, they didn’t find one to their liking, so they just designed their own.
Further, although we appreciate that Digital Storm built the Bolt with off-the-shelf parts to facilitate easier future upgrades, there is no room inside that chassis for error. If your cable routing is anything but professional-grade (from the factory it was wrapped fairly well), for example, you’re going to have a terribly difficult time wrestling the case back together and will likely have to deal with bulging side panels.
Otherwise, the all-metal construction is solid as a rock, and the excellent paint job is a sight to see.
The interior, as you can see, is a feat of creativity and engineering, akin to your mother inexplicably being able to pack everything for your summer camp adventure into a single suitcase. Hats off to Digital Storm for finding a way to fit all of these parts into so small a form factor.
Finally, we'd like to note that the Bolt ships with no bloatware, which is always nice to see, and they also opted for a cool custom desktop background to boot.