Aspire may or may not be a name you're familiar with, but X-Dreamer no doubt rings a bell. Today we'll take a look at the Aspire X-Cruiser PC case and see if it compares to its cousin's good looks, and more importantly, how this case balances form and function.
Aspire has become fairly recognized name in the world of pre-modded cases, particulary due to it's X-Dreamer and X-Dreamer II cases. They also have a few other models: X-Navigator, X-Superalien, X-Sonic, X-Plorer, X-QPACK (a small form factor model), X-Infinity, X-Gear, and the one we have for you today, the X-Cruiser. They just might have run this whole "X" thing into the ground, but as long as they're all quality cases, I could care less what they're called.
Let's just start off with the X Cruiser's specifications listed on Aspire's web site.
X-CRUISER-AL or X-CRUISER-AL
Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX
ATX 420W power supply (optional)
Power Supply Spec.
115V/230V - 60/50Hz
Max Combined Watts
Power Supply Connectors
1 x 20pin Main Power 1 x AUX Power 1 x 12V (P4) 4 x Peripheral 2 x Floppy
4x5.25" / 2x3.5" / 5x3.5" (hidden)
up to 11" x 12"
Front Panel Switch
Power / Reset
Front Access Ports
2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire, 2 x audio
Cooling Fan Space
Up to 4 x case fans: 2 x 80mm fan - front (optional) 1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan - top (included) 1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan - rear (included)
1 x Temperature Gauge
Front Fan Controller
1 x Fan Speed Controller (controls up to 5 fans) + Fan Speed Gauge
Front Volume Controller
1 x Volume controller + 1 x volume gauge
Power / HDD
19 lbs (w/o power supply), 22 lbs (w/ 420w power supply)
19.25" x 7.75" x 17"
I'd like to point out that although the model number includes a mysterious "AL," this case is NOT aluminum but rather a very thin steel. I think it actually means that it's aluminum colored; why they didn't just use "silver" is beyond me. Also, Aspire has an optional 420W power supply available, if you're interested.
When the box arrived from UPS, I noticed that it was abused somewhat during the shipping process. The hole punched in the box (below the picture of the case) had me worried, but everything inside was intact.
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