Packing up for a LAN party or a gaming event can be quite a challenge if you don’t own a Portable PC Case. With this understanding, we went out to find the best Computer Case with handle for LAN parties.
If you’ve never had to show off your gaming equipment outside your house then you seriously need to attend a LAN party. For such events, a computer/gaming rig can be difficult to move around because they’re usually bulky and rarely come with carry handles. That’s why a perfect case for a LAN party should at least have a handle, be compact, and come as lightweight as possible.
With portability as the ultimate spec we looked out for, here are the best computer cases with handle in 2020.
Best Computer Cases With Handle
|Case||Motherboard Form Factors||Front I/O||Dimensions||Drive Bays|
|Panzer Max Ultimate||E-ATX, ATX, M-ITX, M-ATX||4 x USB, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x Audio jack||21.9" x 10.4" x 24.1" inches||21.9 x 10.4 x 24.1 inches||Check Price|
|Silverstone ML08B-H||mITX||2 USB 3.0, headphone and microphone jacks||15" x 4.1" x 13.8" inches||one 3.5" bay and three 2.5" bays||Check Price|
|MasterCase MC500Mt||mITX, mATX, ATX, and eATX up to 12"x10.7"||1 USB 3.1 Type-C, 3 USB 3.0, headphone and microphone jacks||21.4" x 9.5" x 22.6" inches||two 5.25" bays, eight 3.5" bays that can fit 2.5" drives, and one 2.5" bay||Check Price|
|Ceptagon CP-M1 Vertical||E-ATX, ATX, M-ITX, M-ATX, SSI-CEB / SSI-EEB||2 x USB 3.0 Port,|
1 x Headphone Port / 1 x Mic Port
|11.8" x 15 x17.2" inches||2 x 3.5”; 4 x 2.5”||Check Price|
|BitFenix Prodigy M||mATX or mITX||2 USB 3.0, headphone and microphone jacks||12" x 18" x 16.5" inches||one 5.25" bay, four 3.5" bays, and two 2.5" bays||Check Price|
If you want to quickly look at each of these in more detail, here’s a summary:
Table of Contents:
- Cougar Panzer Max Ultimate – Intimidating Full-Tower Case with strong handles
- Silverstone ML08B-H – mITX Case with a Briefcase Profile
- MasterCase MC500Mt – Beautiful Mid-Tower Case Designed for Durability and Portability
- Ceptagon CP-M1 Vertical – Lightweight Mid-Tower Case with handle
- BitFenix Prodigy M – Micro-ATX Case with Double Handles
- What to Look for When Picking a PC Case with a Handle
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Final Thoughts
Cougar Panzer Max Ultimate – Intimidating Full-Tower Case with strong handles
As you read this review, a LAN party is about to go down somewhere, one is probably happening right now. Usually, gamers don’t mind showing up for a meet with a Full-Tower PC Case, especially when it’s a beautiful one. But the challenge is carrying such bulky unit around. That problem was adequately solved with the Cougar Panzer Max Ultimate.
Cougar isn’t the most popular PC Case manufacturer, but they certainly have one super case we couldn’t wait to lay our hands-on. Now let’s show what this case has to offer.
The Panzer Max Ultimate comes in a jet black skin, looking all sturdy and sharp. The first thing that meets the eye when you unbox it is the two 3.5kg carry handles attached to the top of the case – that was what actually attracted us.
Looking closer, we see the case transparent glass window. That should be handy for the enthusiast that loves to show off. But not really ideal for a case that’s meant to be carried around.
The front panel is fully meshed, with a dust filter just behind it. You can mount two 120mm fans or 140mm fans on this case or fit two hefty 360mm radiators. In the compartments, there’s a perforated opening for external water-cooling hoses [you must break them open before use].
This case has two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. There’s a power button, a microphone/audio jack and a switch for the fan controller.
You can install a power supply unit at the bottom of the case. On the side of the case, there’s a hanger/hook for headphones.
In terms of expansion slots, the Panzer Max Ultimate has eight. It supports Extended-ATX motherboards and all the other smaller form factors. It can also house long GPUs.
- Superb design
- Spacious and lots of expansion slots
- Impressive cooling performance
- Supports two massive radiators
- Uncompetitive price
- Massive and beautiful Full-Tower case with Carry Handle
- Supports long graphics card and all types of motherboards
- Features good water-cooling and airflow
- Has air filter for the power supply
- Lots of space and 8 expansion slots
Silverstone ML08B-H – mITX Case with a Briefcase Profile
The last case we’ll take a look at is the Silverstone ML08B-H. This micro atx case is about the same shape and size as a briefcase. The case is designed to stand vertically and has feet at the bottom to keep it well balanced. A large handle at the top of the case makes it incredibly easy to take this computer with you on the go.
Due to the case’s extremely thin profile, it can only accommodate a slim power supply and a single dual slot expansion card, which your graphics card takes up. There are large vents at the top and bottom of the case for efficient airflow making the case cool despite its cramped interior.
The front of the case has a removable cover that protects the I/O which includes the standard 2 USB 3.0 ports as well as standard headphone and microphone jacks. If you want an incredibly portable case but don’t require tons of PCI-E slots or water cooling, then this case might be for you.
- Arguably the most compact and portable case on our list
- Lightweight design
- Strong handle and feet
- Less than ideal cooling
- Can only fit slim graphics cards, power supplies, and one 3.5″ drive
- Only compatible with mITX boards
- Very good case for someone who needs to take their case on the go
- Not ideal for someone who needs an ultra high-performance PC
- Unique briefcase form factor
MasterCase MC500Mt – Beautiful Mid-Tower Case Designed for Durability and Portability
Next on our list is an ATX case with a handle from Cooler Master. The mid-tower form factor is preferred by most PC builders as it offers a balance of space and portability. The interior is not overly cramped like some smaller form factors can be, but at the same time the case is not enormous like some full towers can be.
This case features an extremely sleek looking front panel with tempered glass windows on both sides to give everyone around a great view of your hardware. The glass panels are held on with a special drop resistant brackets to give you extra assurance during transportation that the glass is securely in place and won’t be sliding or moving anywhere, even in the worst case scenario.
In addition to the top handle for easy carrying, the case also boasts a built-in graphics card holder that supports the weight of your graphics card. This prevents the card from putting stress on the PCI-E slot it’s in or even falling out of the slot which can happen when the computer is being carried.
The MC500Mt also utilizes Cooler Master’s FreeForm modular system that makes swapping out and customizing the panels on the outside of the case a breeze. Finally, this case also has the impressive front I/O that includes one USB 3.1 type-C, three USB 3.0 ports, and buttons to control both fan speed and the RGB inside the case.
- Can accommodate full-size ATX and even some eATX motherboards
- Modular design allows for maximum customizability
- Top of the line front I/O
- Tons of drive bays (up to ten 2.5″ drives or eight 3.5″ drives)
- Pretty large for a portable machine
- Requires a special connector on the motherboard to run the I/O
- Slightly on the heavy side
- Not the most portable option on our list
- Very aesthetically pleasing case with good airflow
- Capable of having most motherboard mounted in it along with tons of drives and expansion cards
Ceptagon CP-M1 Vertical – Lightweight Mid-Tower Case with handle
The perfect case you need to go to a LAN party with is one that’s lightweight and easy to carry. Good luck with finding a case that fits the bill better than the Ceptagon CP-M1.
Well, we have to admit that this case isn’t very popular in the market. In fact, it only has one review on Amazon as at the time of writing this. But we dug deep to find out what this case could really offer.
Firstly, this case is so lightweight and easy to carry. The Ceptagon CP-M1 weighs just 12 pounds or 5.5kg.
The Ceptagon CP-M1 comes with a cosmic black powder coat, which when observed closely is more durable normal paint. The case is made of steel and aluminum. There’s no glass on the case build.
At the top of the case, you’ll see the I/O enclosure which lets you conveniently access the ports. The handles are sturdy and strong. Underneath there’s a ledge that allows cables to be coiled for easy portability.
This Mid-Tower case can support all types of motherboards and GPUs as long as 307mm.
This case is liquid cooling ready with space for a 120mm radiator. But you get two 120mm fans at the bottom and two 120mm fans at the top for airflow. Four air filters are included with the case.
- Superb cable management
- No PSU included
- Unattractive design
- Great for someone looking for an extremely durable mITX computer case with a handle
- Could be used to overclocking when paired with a beefy power supply thanks to exceptional cooling
- A great choice for a gaming rig on the go
BitFenix Prodigy M – Micro-ATX Case with Double Handles
The original Prodigy case from Bitfenix was designed to accommodate a mITX motherboard. While this design was popular in its own right, many people thought it was unnecessarily large for a micro atx case, so with the Prodigy M refresh of the design, BitFenix decided to design the case for the beefier mATX motherboard.
This expanded the PCI-E slots on the case from only one to four and also improved the overall compatibility of the case as a whole. One the front of the case is a drive bay for a cd reader or other accessories, while the power button and I/O are placed on the side of the case. As for I/O, the case includes 2 USB 3.0 ports as well as a standard headphone and microphone jack.
The case is incredibly compact which makes it easy to transport, and features two handles on the top made from BitFenix’s Fiver Flex plastic that gives the handles a soft feel. Its compact size is partly in thanks to an abnormal layout with the power supply being mounted at the front of the case and exhausting out the bottom. Despite this odd layout, the case does offer decent cooling with space for a 240mm radiator on the top of the case. There is also a spot for either a 120mm or 140mm fan in the back and just enough room for a full-size graphics card.
- Handles are made from a soft feel rubber making them easy to grip
- Two handles offer better control than one
- Available in lots of cool colors
- Less than ideal airflow
- Cannot fit full-size size graphics cards
- Only has room for up to two expansion cards
- Good for those looking for a simple case
- Can accept a wide range of radiators, but the airflow is not great
- Comes in a ton of colors so you can make it look your own
What to Look for When Picking a PC Case with a Handle
If you’re looking for a case to take with you to LAN parties or on the go, then there are a number of cases available that feature a handle to help you travel easier. If you need tons of cooling and maximum durability, then the D-Frame Mini might be ideal for you. Its motorcycle steel design and shock absorbing feet offer maximum protection for your hardware.
If you think you need a full-size tower on the other hand, with ample expansion slots and tons of PCI-E lanes then the MasterCase MC500Mt might be a better choice. Its mid-tower profile can accommodate a wide variety of different boards. In addition, it boasts a unique modular design that offers tons of customizability.
Finally, if you’re looking for maximum portability then our recommendation is the Silverstone ML08B-H. It has a similar profile to a briefcase with a slim body and a large handle at the top. The only drawback is that its mITX motherboard can only accommodate a single expansion card.
What is the best motherboard form factor for an on the go PC?
mITX will offer the greatest portability but will limit the kind of hardware you can use in the computer. ATX will be able to run the latest and greatest hardware but will be larger than other options. So the answer depends on whether you prioritize performance or portability.
No matter which one of the cases on our list you decide to get we are positive it will offer more portability than almost any of the other cases out there. As always, we love hearing from you guys, so if you’ve got questions or have bought one of these cases yourself, let us hear about it in the comments below.