Date: July 25th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Aspire USA
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PRODUCT FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS
Reading through the above features list (taken from the Aspire website) gives us an inkling of things to come. While most of these features are standard fare for a chassis in this price range, there are some notable exceptions that I'll briefly touch on now and come back to in detail later on. The removable motherboard tray is a welcome feature in any chassis. The X-Cruiser also sports three gauges on the front door to monitor temperature, fan speed, and audio volume sensitivity; fan speed and volume sensitivity can be adjusted from the front panel via two separate wheel adjusters on the side of the bezel. The adjustable air duct on the right side panel is also a nice feature.
As you can see in the above table (also from the Aspire website), the X-Cruiser is available with or without a 420-watt power supply. I wish more manufacturers would take this approach, as it gives the consumer a much-needed option when shopping for a case. The case up for review this time was shipped without a PSU so I won't be able to give an impression of it. The X-Cruiser also comes with two 80mm LED fans installed at the rear and top of the case.
In addition to the PSU option, consumers can also choose to order the X-Cruiser in any one of six color choices. We'll be looking at a blue case this time, but it can be had in silver, black, green, red or yellow as well. The color schemes are extended to the sides and top as well, not just the front bezel. The listed shipping weight of 19 pounds seems quite heavy. The X-Cruiser is actually fairly light for a steel case in mid-tower ATX format. Lots of drive bays are always desirable and Aspire doesn't disappoint us in this respect. Let's open up the shipping carton and have a look.