Aerocool DS230 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
Peter Donnell / 4 years ago
The Aerocool DS230 Mid-Tower is available now from most major retailers for around £75. We found it at Box.co.uk for just £74.92. It’s obviously not a budget chassis at this price, but given the range of features and build quality on offer, it’s very competitively priced.
Aerocool has done a fantastic job with the DS230. It’s one of those chassis that hasn’t really done much in the way of innovation, but everything it has got has been done really well. The obvious major standout feature of the chassis is the lighting, which is really cool and it’s nice to see a focus on external lighting effects for a change too. Some may see it as a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a damn good one and really adds a nice level of customisation you often don’t find on chassis with no side panel windows.
The build quality is rock solid throughout, yes there are some plastic components on the exterior, but they’re pretty chunky and robust overall. The side panels are the most interesting to me, as they’re incredibly durable, and with the addition of the noise dampening material that comes pre-installed, they’re pretty heavy too. This thickness and weight are going to go a long way to providing your build with excellent noise suppression.
The overall design is great, and while the exterior does have a nice aesthetic, the interior isn’t exactly lacking either. The PSU shroud, as well as plenty of cable routing holes, make it super easy to get a clean-looking build with unobstructed airflow. In fact, it’s almost a shame to have everything hiding behind solid panels, but if you want a windowed chassis, it’s not like there aren’t many other options on the market. If you want your build to be as quiet as possible, however, then the DS230 ticks all the right boxes.
With support for huge graphics cards, ATX motherboards, radiators, fans, and decent amount of storage, you’re not likely to be left wanting more from the DS230. The added bonus of the built-in lighting kit, as well as the built-in fan hub, only help to sweeten an already attractive deal.
- Durable build quality
- Thick panels with noise dampening material
- Magnetic top panel cover
- Slide out dust filter
- Multi-colour LED lighting
- Built-in fan hub
- PSU shroud
- Only one fan pre-installed, not a deal break, but something to keep in mind
“Aerocool has created another great looking chassis here, appearing to float above its own base thanks to its gorgeous external LED lighting. If you want a unique looking chassis with rock-solid build quality and a strong focus on silent performance, the DS230 is the way to go.”