Caselabs mITX Mercury S3

With the flood of made in China, and made in Taiwan cases, it’s refreshing that there is an all American made case which stands for quality and craftsmanship unlike any other. Caselabs offers cases for those who have tried and used other cases and are not able to find a solution for times when you need a lot of cooling and expansion options. So far Caselabs did not have an option for mITX builders but with the Mercury S3, Caselabs plans on changing how people have always looked at small builds. All of Caselabs cases feature an all aluminum construction with a lot of expandability options like radiator mounts, HDD mounts, PSU support brackets, accessory mounting plates, etc. There is no one size fits all with any of the Caselabs cases and the Mercury is not a small case by any standards. For a typical mITX case, the Mercury is really big with support for dual 120mm or 140mm radiators. Not just for your regular 30mm or 60mm thick rads either as you can have a couple 80mm monsta rads in push pull in this big small case. The Mercury is no exception when it comes to options from choosing colors, radiator mounting styles and you can order the exact options that you want. And if that was not enough, there are NO rivets in this case as everything is held together with screws that provide for the easiest way to take the case apart for modding or simple painting. The Mercury S3 allows the users to create a small yet very powerful system that can not only handle the latest games, but anything else you plan on throwing at it. With a starting price tag of $199.95, some might find it an expensive option for a small case. Given the quality and materials being used in this case, that makes it a steal at the price. The case comes in a couple colors of your choice and if you don’t like of the options, you can get the case in primer grey and paint it or have it painted the way you like it.

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For more information on the Mercury S3 see here – http://www.caselabs-store.com/mercury-s3-case/

Dimensions:

Height – 14.95” X Width – 10.54” X Depth – 15.03” Height – 380mm X Width – 268mm X Depth – 382mm

Technical:

  • Size: 14.94″H x 10.54″W x 15.03″D (380mm x 268mm x 382mm)*
  • Drive Bay Size: 14.38”L x 5.31”H x 2.25”D (365mm x 135mm x 57mm)
  • Upper Chamber Size: 14.38”L x 9.56”W x 9.43”H (365mm x 243mm x 240mm)
  • Radiator Clearance to the Top of the Second 5.25″ Bay: 74mm
  • Form Factor: Mini-ITX
  • Expansion Slots: 3
  • Flex-Bays (5.25″ bays): 7
  • Native Drive Support (without using 5.25″ bays):
  • 1 HDD (3.50″)
  • 2 SSD (2.50″)
  • Maximum Radiator: 120.2 (240)/140.2 (280)
  • Cooling Tower Clearance: 200mm
  • PSU Mounts: 1
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs. (4.3kg)
  • Rubber feet add .81” (20mm) to the height
  • Casters are available for the optional pedestal, but not the case

Standard Features:

  • Aluminum Construction
  • Removable Motherboard Plate
  • Anti-Vandal Style LED Power and Reset Switches and sleeved cables
  • Top Cover: Solid or Ventilated
  • Left Door: Solid or Ventilated
  • Right Door: Solid or Ventilated
  • Chassis Top: 240/280 Integrated or Drop-In Style (Drop-in Mounts are not included)
  • One HDD Mount & Anti-vibration Hardware
  • One Dual SSD Mount
  • Two sets of 5.25” Device Mounts (MAC-125) [No substitutions]
  • One set of 5.25 Short Adjustable Mounts (MAC-213) [No substitutions]
  • Flex-Bay Covers: One triple, one double and two single (solid).
  • PCI Covers
  • Misc: Thumb screws, MB standoffs, Tie Wraps, Plugs, Grommets, Extra parts, Owner’s Manual.
  • Ships fully assembled (Flat-pack shipments available for international orders).
  • Choice of Color: Black, White Matte, or Primer Gray
  • Price: $199.95

Options/Upgrades:

  • Door Standard Window – 10.75” x 6.75” (273mm x 171mm) Clear: $10.00
  • Door XL Window – 10.75” x 11.88” (273mm x 302mm) Clear: $15.00
  • Top Cover Window – 10.75” x 6.75” (273mm x 171mm) Clear: $10.00 (Requires Drop-In Mount Chassis Option)
  • Ventilated Flex-Bay Covers (1 triple, 1 double and 2 single): $5.00
  • 120.2 6U Flex-Bay Fan/Radiator Mount Upgrade ($20.00) (Deletes all but 1 single Flex-Bay Cover)
  • 36mm Ventilated Top Cover Upgrade $20.00 (Replaces standard cover)
  • Integrated USB 3.0 I/O Panel: $15.00
  • Optional Colors – Dark Gray, Navy Blue: $25.00 (Adds 1 week to processing time)

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56 thoughts on “Caselabs mITX Mercury S3

  1. Very nice review Jesse.  Definitely not a small case, but it sure is a small CaseLabs case lol  All the corners, edges, lines, and places where panels meet all look so crisp, clean, and perfect.  Looks like a fantastic case.  Thanks for the review :)

  2. Very nice review Jesse.  Definitely not a small case, but it sure is a small CaseLabs case lol  All the corners, edges, lines, and places where panels meet all look so crisp, clean, and perfect.  Looks like a fantastic case.  Thanks for the review :)

  3. Very nicely done. I’ve always loved the Case Labs stuff, but man they’re expensive. One day maybe I’ll get one to play with. Thanks Jesse.

  4. Very nicely done. I’ve always loved the Case Labs stuff, but man they’re expensive. One day maybe I’ll get one to play with. Thanks Jesse.

  5. Very nicely done. I’ve always loved the Case Labs stuff, but man they’re expensive. One day maybe I’ll get one to play with. Thanks Jesse.

     
    Totally agree with you on the price, but after this review, man are my eyes open. I don’t think I will be able to look at any case without comparing it to case labs quality. Its like the good ole american cars, built nice and solid. No cheap plastic or steel here. 

  6. Very nicely done. I’ve always loved the Case Labs stuff, but man they’re expensive. One day maybe I’ll get one to play with. Thanks Jesse.

     
    Totally agree with you on the price, but after this review, man are my eyes open. I don’t think I will be able to look at any case without comparing it to case labs quality. Its like the good ole american cars, built nice and solid. No cheap plastic or steel here. 

  7. Totally agree with you on the price, but after this review, man are my eyes open. I don’t think I will be able to look at any case without comparing it to case labs quality. Its like the good ole american cars, built nice and solid. No cheap plastic or steel here. 

     
    I know it always goes back to you get what you pay for. And I know several people who have Case Labs products and absolutely LOVE them. If I was going to buy a case to build a system in and know it would do anything hardware wise that I wanted, then there’s no question in my mind it would be from Case Labs. But I love to play around a bit and cut and hack things up and make it work, so I’d have to pass on one at this time. Maybe the day will come when I just want to slap a system together again. But that day isn’t today.

  8. Totally agree with you on the price, but after this review, man are my eyes open. I don’t think I will be able to look at any case without comparing it to case labs quality. Its like the good ole american cars, built nice and solid. No cheap plastic or steel here. 

     
    I know it always goes back to you get what you pay for. And I know several people who have Case Labs products and absolutely LOVE them. If I was going to buy a case to build a system in and know it would do anything hardware wise that I wanted, then there’s no question in my mind it would be from Case Labs. But I love to play around a bit and cut and hack things up and make it work, so I’d have to pass on one at this time. Maybe the day will come when I just want to slap a system together again. But that day isn’t today.

  9. I know it always goes back to you get what you pay for. And I know several people who have Case Labs products and absolutely LOVE them. If I was going to buy a case to build a system in and know it would do anything hardware wise that I wanted, then there’s no question in my mind it would be from Case Labs. But I love to play around a bit and cut and hack things up and make it work, so I’d have to pass on one at this time. Maybe the day will come when I just want to slap a system together again. But that day isn’t today.

     
    Again I agree with you, its not easy spending the amount of money on a case like this and cutting into it as a mistake can hurt a lot. But yes when you get to a point that you need something solid, that will last you forever, then Caselabs wins. 
     
    Thanks for checking out the review between. 

  10. I know it always goes back to you get what you pay for. And I know several people who have Case Labs products and absolutely LOVE them. If I was going to buy a case to build a system in and know it would do anything hardware wise that I wanted, then there’s no question in my mind it would be from Case Labs. But I love to play around a bit and cut and hack things up and make it work, so I’d have to pass on one at this time. Maybe the day will come when I just want to slap a system together again. But that day isn’t today.

     
    Again I agree with you, its not easy spending the amount of money on a case like this and cutting into it as a mistake can hurt a lot. But yes when you get to a point that you need something solid, that will last you forever, then Caselabs wins. 
     
    Thanks for checking out the review between. 

  11. Nice review.
     
    This sold me,I wish more cases were assembled with screws!
     

    • All Aluminum construction – light and durable construction.
    • No rivets in the case – the case is held together with screws making it easy to take it apart.
  12. Nice review.
     
    This sold me,I wish more cases were assembled with screws!
     

    • All Aluminum construction – light and durable construction.
    • No rivets in the case – the case is held together with screws making it easy to take it apart.
  13. Awesome job on the review Jesse!
     
    Shadow_Foxx brought his Mercury to the shop, the build quality of these CaseLabs cases is 2nd to none.

  14. Awesome job on the review Jesse!
     
    Shadow_Foxx brought his Mercury to the shop, the build quality of these CaseLabs cases is 2nd to none.

  15. 5 Nanners?  I think with the praise that it’s getting, it should at least get 6!  :b
     
    Deep, thorough, review!  CaseLabs is one of the best out there and their ability to adapt and make new products that conform to a variety of needs proves that.

  16. 5 Nanners?  I think with the praise that it’s getting, it should at least get 6!  :b
     
    Deep, thorough, review!  CaseLabs is one of the best out there and their ability to adapt and make new products that conform to a variety of needs proves that.

  17. 5 Nanners?  I think with the praise that it’s getting, it should at least get 6!  :b
     
    Deep, thorough, review!  CaseLabs is one of the best out there and their ability to adapt and make new products that conform to a variety of needs proves that.

     
    Thanks a lot for your support Xnine. It is a great case, makes me want to get the TH 10 really really bad.

  18. 5 Nanners?  I think with the praise that it’s getting, it should at least get 6!  :b
     
    Deep, thorough, review!  CaseLabs is one of the best out there and their ability to adapt and make new products that conform to a variety of needs proves that.

     
    Thanks a lot for your support Xnine. It is a great case, makes me want to get the TH 10 really really bad.

  19. Nice review Jesse.  It seems like Caselabs is going after people that value a high quality case with construction like that.  The “all screws” are a huge plus, and from the pictures you took it looks like internal room for building and tweaking is a non-factor.  Ample space is always a plus.  Thanks for the insight!

  20. Nice review Jesse.  It seems like Caselabs is going after people that value a high quality case with construction like that.  The “all screws” are a huge plus, and from the pictures you took it looks like internal room for building and tweaking is a non-factor.  Ample space is always a plus.  Thanks for the insight!

  21. I make no secret of the fact I thought the BitFenix Prodigy resembled a compressed wheelie bin (minus the wheels).
     
    But that…
     
    That is certainly one for the shopping list (import in my instance), it ticks all the boxes.
     
    Great bit of kit, love it!!!
     
    Great in depth review also Jesse, nice one mate.

  22. I make no secret of the fact I thought the BitFenix Prodigy resembled a compressed wheelie bin (minus the wheels).
     
    But that…
     
    That is certainly one for the shopping list (import in my instance), it ticks all the boxes.
     
    Great bit of kit, love it!!!
     
    Great in depth review also Jesse, nice one mate.

  23. Beast of a case for M-ITX!.. Beauty of a quailty product to be sure. I can see where these larger cases with sff mobo footprints have a place in the market, with m-itx boards finally getting some grunt these days. But one from Case Labs, this a very pleasant treat. Thanks for the great review jessy +++ :D and a barrel ful of drool!

  24. Beast of a case for M-ITX!.. Beauty of a quailty product to be sure. I can see where these larger cases with sff mobo footprints have a place in the market, with m-itx boards finally getting some grunt these days. But one from Case Labs, this a very pleasant treat. Thanks for the great review jessy +++ :D and a barrel ful of drool!

  25. Thanks for all your support guys. I know the pictures don’t show that much but that copper tubing was a pain or any hardline tubing is a pain. You don’t have the comfort of flexible tubing when connecting things. 

  26. Thanks for all your support guys. I know the pictures don’t show that much but that copper tubing was a pain or any hardline tubing is a pain. You don’t have the comfort of flexible tubing when connecting things. 

  27. I also wanted to just take a sec and say that your review method, style and flow was very well put together.  I’m not sure how often you’ve actually done reviews, if ever, but if this is your first, it’s fantastic.  If it’s not yoru first, it’s still fantastic.  Good work Jesse.  You’re going to do big things in this community and industry, just keep it up!

  28. I also wanted to just take a sec and say that your review method, style and flow was very well put together.  I’m not sure how often you’ve actually done reviews, if ever, but if this is your first, it’s fantastic.  If it’s not yoru first, it’s still fantastic.  Good work Jesse.  You’re going to do big things in this community and industry, just keep it up!

  29. I also wanted to just take a sec and say that your review method, style and flow was very well put together.  I’m not sure how often you’ve actually done reviews, if ever, but if this is your first, it’s fantastic.  If it’s not yoru first, it’s still fantastic.  Good work Jesse.  You’re going to do big things in this community and industry, just keep it up!

     
    This is now my 4th review, started with the N200, and the last one before this was the AX 240.
     
    Not sure about big things, silly things for sure I will do. And thanks again for all your support and everyone else. 

  30. I also wanted to just take a sec and say that your review method, style and flow was very well put together.  I’m not sure how often you’ve actually done reviews, if ever, but if this is your first, it’s fantastic.  If it’s not yoru first, it’s still fantastic.  Good work Jesse.  You’re going to do big things in this community and industry, just keep it up!

     
    This is now my 4th review, started with the N200, and the last one before this was the AX 240.
     
    Not sure about big things, silly things for sure I will do. And thanks again for all your support and everyone else. 

  31. Fantastic review Jesse, you’re reviewing skills are getting better with each one you do :D
     
    That being said you’re also a big jerk (j/k) :P Making me want to buy all of this excellent gear – and I’m jealous you get to play with all of these toys :(
     
    I’m thinking now of an ATX build with CaseLabs, hmm…

  32. Fantastic review Jesse, you’re reviewing skills are getting better with each one you do :D
     
    That being said you’re also a big jerk (j/k) :P Making me want to buy all of this excellent gear – and I’m jealous you get to play with all of these toys :(
     
    I’m thinking now of an ATX build with CaseLabs, hmm…

  33. I’d like to mod one to fit MATX…
     
     
    almost forgot, heres the Modification done to Shadow_Foxx’s S3 for adding horizontal 240 radiator
     
    caselabs_mercury_s3_240_rad_side_mount_m

  34. I’d like to mod one to fit MATX…
     
     
    almost forgot, heres the Modification done to Shadow_Foxx’s S3 for adding horizontal 240 radiator
     
    caselabs_mercury_s3_240_rad_side_mount_m

  35. It really should’ve been built to fit mATX from the get go, so much room for HDDs but most ITX boards only have 4 SATA ports, and it’s not like people are going to skip on a GPU to throw in a RAID card.

  36. It really should’ve been built to fit mATX from the get go, so much room for HDDs but most ITX boards only have 4 SATA ports, and it’s not like people are going to skip on a GPU to throw in a RAID card.

  37. […] so much room for HDDs but most ITX boards only have 4 SATA ports, and it’s not like people are going to skip on a GPU to throw in a RAID card.

    If you’re using it for a server, you would.

    Besides, didn’t the specs say 1×3.5″ drive, and 2×2.5″ drives? If most ITX boards have 4 SATA, then that and a 5.25″ drive is all it “fits” by standard arrangement (because who would put 2 DVD drives in a “gaming” system anymore anyway?).

  38. […] so much room for HDDs but most ITX boards only have 4 SATA ports, and it’s not like people are going to skip on a GPU to throw in a RAID card.

    If you’re using it for a server, you would.

    Besides, didn’t the specs say 1×3.5″ drive, and 2×2.5″ drives? If most ITX boards have 4 SATA, then that and a 5.25″ drive is all it “fits” by standard arrangement (because who would put 2 DVD drives in a “gaming” system anymore anyway?).

  39. Hmm you might be right lol, might be getting confused with another case that is ITX and should’ve been mATX * cough * Prodigy.
     
    Also, for myself, I’ve combined most of my rigs into one and having more HDDs along with a nice GPU would be awesome… something you can’t do with 4 SATA and 1 PCI slot.
     
    Either way I think this case is great and for most people looking to get into CaseLabs on a smaller budget looking for a powerful, flexible and expandable mITX system will need not look any further than the S3.

  40. Hmm you might be right lol, might be getting confused with another case that is ITX and should’ve been mATX * cough * Prodigy.
     
    Also, for myself, I’ve combined most of my rigs into one and having more HDDs along with a nice GPU would be awesome… something you can’t do with 4 SATA and 1 PCI slot.
     
    Either way I think this case is great and for most people looking to get into CaseLabs on a smaller budget looking for a powerful, flexible and expandable mITX system will need not look any further than the S3.

  41. Got one coming as we speak,pedestal included…
    Doubt i will use it tho,doing a R-ATX mod and putting 2 240’s where the PSU lived…PSU is going up front. Should look good!

  42. Got one coming as we speak,pedestal included…
    Doubt i will use it tho,doing a R-ATX mod and putting 2 240’s where the PSU lived…PSU is going up front. Should look good!

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