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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Case - Worth Serious Consideration, 15 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Akasa Freedom Xone Mid ATX Case (Electronics)
The case is black with shiny plastic trim and matt metalwork. Two USB ports, mic, headphones, external SATA, reset and power connections are on an angled strip at the top of the case. This is probably because it's meant to stand on the floor and so is at a convenient angle, but on my desk it's not quite so convenient as the connecters would be if they were lower down on the front panel.

The removable panels to accommodate CD or DVD sized drives are an attractive metal mesh. One thing I didn't like was that the top one was designed with a smaller cutout to accommodate a floppy drive. I didn't think anyone still used those, though I don't know if anything else comes in that size. I was going to remove it and replace it with the solid mesh panel I removed to fit my DVD drive - but only the centre section seems to be removable.

The case comes with two built in fans. One is at the lower front of the case, and one at the top towards the back. Fitting drives is screwless. HDDs have a plastic strip fitted to each side and then they slide into place. This system works very easily. For cd drives there is a different method with a plastic lock that fastens to the outside of the drive cage. The lock mechanism depends on two flimsy plastic tabs which snapped off the first time I tried to use one. This was disappointing. They do work but care needs to be taken. Second attempt was fine and the drive cage has all the appropriate holes so screw fixing is a possible alternative if you break all the fasteners.

In theory there is space for five CD drives, but the top slot (the floppy space) has all the wires from the control panel running through it so there isn't much room there. There is also space for five HDDs. The These drives fit in sideways on so the connectors can be fed in from their rear.The case is supplied with lots of slots on the motherboard mounting plate so most of the cabling can be threaded through so it is out of the way. Mounting holes for the motherboard lined up ok. Stand-offs and mounting screws are supplied with the case.

The power supply fits into the bottom of the case.

There is plenty of space to work. Both side panels remove easily - held by two thumbscrews to each panel. Front comes off with only a little difficulty and fear of snapping the plastic tabs.

I'd have given this case 5 stars but for two minor things: the flimsy plastic tabs I've already mentioned and the LEDs which I haven't.

The front panel has six bright white LEDs. Four of them are behind the fan. One of them is the HDD activity light and one surrounds the power button when it's on. They are too bright and far from enhancing the appearance of the finished computer they detract from it. It might just be a matter of taste but lower power and maybe blue or green would have been far more subtle and much more effective.

But despite that, if I was building another computer I'd buy one of these again. I like the case and it seems to have been designed with some thoughtfulness.
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M. Hadfield
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Location: Runcorn, Cheshire, UK

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