Aerocool Cylon RGB Mid-Tower Chassis Review

/ 5 years ago

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A Closer Look – Exterior

Out the box, this is a nice looking chassis. It’s a bugger to photograph tho, as that massive slab of acrylic for the side panel is pretty shiny. It’s a cost-saving measure, as it’s designed to look like tempered glass, but obviously, it’s not.

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It uses the kind of mounts we normally see for glass panels. My main concern here though is that the holes through it are perilously close to the edges. It’ll be fine if you take care of it, but best that you do.

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It also appears the panel was retrofitted onto an older chassis design. Looking closely, you can see the slide-on cut-outs from the old panel design. I don’t like this, obviously, but it’s £35, so savings understandably came from somewhere.

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What’s on Top?

The top panel is very nicely designed, showing a two-tone black design. There’s a large ventilated section at the back, and a nice I/O at the front.

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All the usual stuff is here, as well as a very welcome dual card reader, which will come in handy.

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The rear mesh is magnetic too, so nice and easy to remove and clean.

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You can mount a single 120mm fan here, perfect for added heat exhaust.

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Take control of the front panel lighting in seconds. The lighting controller is built in, so no messy desktop software required.

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The front panel design is the real star of the show here. It’s got a stunning split design, with some ventilation cut into the panel. However, there’s a twisting strip of frosted plastic housing a load of RGB LEDs behind it. Of course, we’ll show you that in action soon, and it’s worth sticking around for too.

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The right side panel is just that, a panel, nothing too exciting here, so let’s move along.

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Around the Back

Everythings is pretty stock here too, with a 120mm fan pre-installed, seven expansion slots, and an ATX PSU mount. Six of the seven expansion slots feature snap-off covers, which sucks, but an expected side effect of the crazy low price.

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