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The Lazy Days of Summer Case Review

Aspire X-Superalien

From Aspire we received their new case, the X-Superalien. This is the first time Aspire has submitted a case to THG for review. While you may not be familiar with the Aspire name in the PC case arena, you might be familiar with their branding name "Turbo Case." Aspire has released multiple cases under the Turbo Case brand for some time. Aspire is not a case manufacturer per se; as with several other companies in this review, they are involved in the design and specifications for particular cases that they wish to sell and then contract out the actual manufacturing of the cases to several well-known companies. This allows Aspire to spend more time focusing on the case specifications, features and the design and marketing of their products, rather than on managing the manufacturing process.

Number Of Internal 3.5" Bays5
Number Of External 3.5" Bays2
Number Of External 5.25" Bays5
Number Of Case Fans Supported6 blue 80 mm UV reactive fans
Construction Material1.0 mm Aluminum
Power Supply Included500-Watt "see through" power supply - not tested
Special FeaturesWindow, UV sensitive wire sleeves, UV sensitive fans, front mounted USB 2.0/ audio/ 1394 ports, back-lit LCD temp display with two fan speed adjusters, 2 X Superalien fan grills, removable motherboard tray, lockable side and front panels
Size (HDW)546 x 476 x 203 mm(21.5" x 18.75" x 8.0")
Sample Case Provided Bywww.aspireusa.net
Estimated Cost$189 US
Cooling Potential Rating9
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating8

The X-Superalien features a splashy retro design that is reminiscent of the early 1960s era sci-fi films. Its slanted red design that adorns the front bezel resembles two "alien eyes," and this is coupled with 1950s retro style fan speed control knobs. The X-Superalien has a look that, at first glance, you will either love or strongly dislike. It is constructed from heavy duty, lightweight aluminum; this aluminum gives this mid-tower case a smooth and finished appearance while allowing its buyer to benefit from the lightweight design and material. The X-Superalien is clearly targeted at the LAN party crowd.