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COMPUTER CASES

XPCases.com X-Superalien Case Review
By: KaoMAN
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    2003-09-30

    Table of Contents:
  • XPCases.com X-Superalien Case Review
  • The Case, Features
  • More about the internals
  • Finished Case

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    Not too long ago OCA brought you the first edition of its Project Case Mod article, where we took a new Antec Plus View 1000 AMG case and showed you step-by-step what tools to use and the simple procedures necessary to "soup up" an ordinary PC case with aftermarket kits and lights. Well, what if you simply don't have the time to dedicate to such a case mod project, or frankly don't have the skills or necessary tools to begin one? Does that mean you're permanently left out of the cool group of guys and gals who have huge lit cases with windows, blowholes, and mini LCD screens?

     

     

    Introduction

    Not too long ago OCA brought you the first edition of its Project Case Mod article, where we took a new Antec Plus View 1000 AMG case and showed you step-by-step what tools to use and the simple procedures necessary to "soup up" an ordinary PC case with aftermarket kits and lights. Well, what if you simply don't have the time to dedicate to such a case mod project, or frankly don't have the skills or necessary tools to begin one? Does that mean you're permanently left out of the cool group of guys and gals who have huge lit cases with windows, blowholes, and mini LCD screens?

     

    Of course not! XPCases.com swoops in to save the day with its version of the X-Superalien case. I think I'll let this diagram from XPCases speak for itself:

     

     

    If that doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will! This thing is PIMP! But at about $159, this isn't exactly the cheapest case on the market. Why don't we take a step back, run through some specs, and closely examine this case to see if it's really as good as it looks.


    Specifications

    The specs of the X-Superalien case are very similar to some of the other very popular "server" towers we are seeing like the Antec Plus Views and Xpider cases, although not entirely identical (which is good).

     

    Model No.

    XPCases.com X-Superalien

    Type

    ATX MID Tower Case

    Material

    Super Light Weight, Heavy Duty High Grade Aluminum Alloy

    Mainboard

    ATX

    Power Supply

    (included)

    500w Aluminum Cast See-Through Power Supply

    5.25" Drive Bays

    5

    3.5" Drive Bays

    2

    3.5" Hidden

    5

    Cooling Fans (included)

    Front: 2x 8cm Quad Blue LED UV Reactive
    Side: 1x 8cm Quad Blue LED UV Reactive w/ Superalien fan grill
    Rear: 2x 8cm Quad Blue LED UV Reactive
    Top: 1x 8cm Quad Blue LED UV Reactive w/ Superalien fan grill

    I/O Interface at front side

    2x High Speed USB 2.0 Ports
    1x IEEE 1394 Firewire Port
    1x Mic and 1x Speaker Connector Jack

    Dimensions (DxWxH)

    473 x 205 x 522mm

    Weight

    20 lb.

     

    The first thing you'll notice is that yes indeed, you get six 8cm quad blue LED UV reactive case fans with this case. You also get a 500w aluminum cast see-through power supply! More details on that later... but for a longer list of specifications and features, checkout XPCases.com's website. I'll try my best to run through them all in this review though. Shall we get started?


    Packaging, First Impressions

    As I've been receiving more and more hardware shipped in their own, manufacturer boxes, I was pleasantly surprised by XPCases's superb precaution when shipping the X-Superalien case.

     

       

     

    It definitely takes a good manufacturer's commitment on keeping their customers happy to spend that little extra money in getting things shipped right, and it looks like XPCases is one of them. Here are some box shots:

     

       

     

    As you can see from the first shot, the X-Superalien case comes in 7 flavors (although XPCases.com only shows 6). The one I'll be looking at today is blue.

     

         

     

    Again, XPCases's packaging is A++ and much appreciated. All parts of the X-Superalien which is see-through as well as the front LCD screen came with a thin layer of protective plastic applied. The case is also bagged and sandwiched between two large pieces of foam. Opening up the case however, I was shocked to see the PSU just hanging out like this:

    I'll admit, the PSU was jammed in there pretty tight, but wouldn't it have been easier and safer to have it screwed in and installed before being shipped? You be the judge.

     

    The power cord comes twist tied to the drive cage like this:

    And a (free floating) box found within the case holds screws, two case keys, and an instruction sheet:

     

       

    Lastly, here are pictures of the case itself:

     

        

    So far so good. The case in my opinion is very large, but it certainly does look clean and spiffy. And that's without the flashy LED fans and LCD display powered! On closer inspection, although this is an aluminum case, the front bezel is plastic. Very rarely are front bezels made of aluminum however, and on some cases the difference in material is very noticeable. The X-Superalien case doesn't exhibit this problem as the paintjob is so good you really cant tell the difference by looking at it. See for yourself. In the following picture, the upper portion is the top of the case (aluminum) while the bottom portion is the front bezel (plastic).

    And this is why I think the case is large. Here's a shot of it sitting beside a CoolerMaster Wave Master and Chenming 301KE.

    Okay enough said. Lets get a closer look at the case's features, installation, and a quick review of the included 500w PSU within this review!

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