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" Bays||5|
|Number Of External 3.5" Bays||2|
|Number Of External 5.25" Bays||5|
|Number Of Case Fans Supported||6 blue 80 mm UV reactive fans|
|Construction Material||1.0 mm Aluminum|
|Power Supply Included||500-Watt "see through" power supply - not tested|
|Special Features||Window, 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 By||www.aspireusa.net|
|Estimated Cost||$189 US|
|Cooling Potential Rating||9|
|Construction Quality Rating||8|
|Overall Case Rating||8|
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.