We know the Xclio 1000 has been on the market for quite a while (it currently retails for $200 (opens in new tab) over at NewEgg), but this was our chance to see the case with a fetish for fans up close.
Or was it? The Xclio reps at the company's COMPUTEX 2010 booth were for some reason a bit hesitant to open up the case, so we didn't push it, but we can tell that from the front, the Xclio 1000 looks like the engine array of a starship. Three fans on front, three more on the side, and two on top promise a good amount of airflow for the components inside. The 3.5-inch mounts are directly behind the front fans, all on rails to facilitate installation (the front fans and their filters swivel open individually).
For buyers who want to add even more fans, there are two more spaces on the rear that accept 120 and 140 mm system fans. Unfortunately the fans that are preinstalled on the case are of a non-standard size (180 mm), so it might be hard to locate replacements if the fans break down—a common occurrence according to user reviews on NewEgg.
One more thing: just where do you install that optical drive?
Personally, I don't even have an internal Optical Drive anymore. I use one External DVD Multi R/RW drive for all of my machines. And this is only used to install the OS. Everything else I have converted to digital format on my storage, using the External drive. Now all I need is Daemon Tools and I'm golden :)
I see Optical media as a thing of the past now a days.
I went over to newegg and took a look at the photos. There's nothing special about the interior of the case.
The front intake fans are not mounted to the front case panel. Instead they are mounted to plastic doors on the front bezel. Open a door/fan to get to optical drives or other components.
Xclio has a fetish for non-standard fans. I like their cases, I have friends with them and they offer good cooling, but when those fans die, it's a major pain to replace them.
Actually, this is excellent design as it creates very strong positive air pressure inside the case = no dust collecting in various nooks and cranies as with most other cases that have more exhaust then intake fans... although that last part is easily fixed by reversing some of the exhaust fans into intake fans. Assuming, of course, that all your intake fans are filtered, positive air pressure is the best way to ensure your case stays dust free for longer. This is the same reason Lian Li cases generally have more intake then exhaust fans.
All that aside, the interior of this case is extremely lame - disappointing...
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