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Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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Checking in with a low MSRP of only $79.00 US, the X-Dreamer II from Aspire attempts to deliver an interesting blend of what consumers want at a price they can afford. Certainly the quality of the X-Dreamer II case is not what you would find in an aluminum chassis at twice the price. Weighing in at just less than 20 pounds, the X-Dreamer II is not going to be in the same class with other high-end cases. Still, it does do many things well, when the affordable price is factored in. Looking at the inside of the X-Dreamer II it is obvious that we have almost taken a trip back in time. The construction is quite a bit different from what will be found in other cases that are pricier. There is a demand for more cost effective case solutions, and the X-Dreamer II fits well into that category. During our examination of the X-Dreamer II we did find several glitches that might be deal breakers for some, but overall the case really is not a bad offering for the price.

A look at the inside of the X-Dreamer II.

The X-Dreamer II uses a variety of construction techniques. These techniques consist mostly of rounded and folded edges with a clean type finish. While this case is somewhat cramped inside, it was reasonably easy to assemble. We encountered significant bend and some twist in the X-Dreamer II. Aspire has attempted to combat some of the lack of structural sturdiness by using a series of l-shaped brackets in the corners of the case. Overall, the construction quality is fair. Given Aspire's choice of materials it is understandable how this case was built.

One of the highlights of the X-Dreamer II is Aspire's use of bezel bay covers to hide the optical drive bezels as well as the floppy drive bezel. While black floppy drives are fairly common, as are black optical drives, the need for these bezels is more to present a uniform appearance than anything else. The quality of the optical drive bezels was fairly good. After installing our optical drive we continuously opened and closed the drive to get an idea of the door action. The bezel, for the most part, was more than acceptable; however, we judged the spring action to be somewhat weak. The floppy bezel cover, however, was a different story. We had some difficulty getting it to line up properly and experienced some "hangs" during the floppy eject process. Inherently, getting the floppy bezels to fit well is somewhat more difficult than the optical drive bezels. Overall, we were satisfied with the results.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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