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Aspire's LAN Party Proud X-Qpack Case

Rating

Aspire X-Qpack BL-420
WeightingCategoriesResults achieved
20%Equipment85%
30%Ergonomics65%
10%Value65%
30%Design65%
10%Service75%
Total results70%

Technical Specifications

Vendor / ModelAspire X-Qpack BL420
Internet Websiteaspireusa.net
Price$80-$90
Cases
Form factorMini PC case
Weight9.9 lbs / 4.5 kg
Dimensions (in / mm)11.02" x 21.85" x 8.86"280 x 555 x 225 mm
Case locknone
MaterialAluminum / plastic
Magnetizedno
Opens usingthumbscrews
Case sensor (OPEN)no
compatible motherboardsMicro ATX, Baby-AT
Motherboard on a trayyes
Side panels3 transparent windows
Displayyes
Fan controllernone
Drive bays
5.25"2 x
3.5" (external)1 x
3.5" (internal)2 x
HD drive cageyes
90 degree cage rotationno
Slide-in drive railsnone
Expansion card slots4 x
Front connectors
USB 2.02 x Type A
Firewire 1394a1 x 6-pin
Audio2 x
Other accessoriesnone
LEDs
Poweryes
HDDyes
System fans
Mount points/cages forbuilt-in
pre-installed1 x 120 mm
Fan speed cablenone
VendorAspire
Dust filteryes
Hard disk fans
Mount points/cages forno
pre-installednone
Fan speed cablenone
Vendorno
Dust filterno
Additional items included
Screwsyes
Stand-offsyes
Miscellany420 Watt PSU

Conclusion

The X-QPack's size and weight make it easy to take it to and from LAN parties. The dimensions of this compact cube are also laid out to accommodate MicroATX hardware in its surprisingly spacious interior. This aluminum case weighs only 9.9 lbs (4.5 kg) empty, yet can hold up to five drives - which, of course, drive up the unit's total weight substantially. In turn, this requires exercising some caution when using the built-in but flimsy carrying handle, which impresses neither with its strength nor its rigidity. You can, however, stuff this case with lots of hardware. Its three display windows on the sides and top make it easy to see what is inside. This should appeal to case modders and those who want to show off their lighting effects and wares on the inside. The $80-$90 price tag also includes a 420-Watt built-in power supply.