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Midi Towers: You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Introduction

Midi tower case designs have sure come a long way from their standard look and mouse-gray colors since the 1990s. Color and design aesthetics, which do not have anything to do with functionality, of course, now mean a lot for many buyers (not to mention the mod crowd). After all, you not only want choice components for your PC, but also something nice to look at, which represents the most important quality in a case for many buyers.

Four of the same case designs, with only with different front covers.

The Test Candidates In Detail

Aplus X-Blizzard: Flashing Heavyweight

The X-Blizzard is an exponent of the robust steel case. Even when empty, it still tips the scales at over 32 lbs (14.5 kg). The side panels are held on by user-friendly thumbscrews, which don't need any tools to loosen. Four fold-out feet give the tower a stable foundation.

The LEDs light up only when it's switched on