A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case
Published: 18th June 2007 | Source: APlus Case | Price: |
As you'd expect from a case designed for the enthusiast, the Black Pearl WCR Edition is BIG. Measuring in at 210x600x590mm (WxHxD) this unfortunately meant that the case wouldn't fit in our photo studio. So, you'll have to excuse the state of the grass outside OC3D HQ as this is the only place with suitable light conditions we could find!
A total of 7 external 5.25" drive bays have been provided for maximum expansion. A+Case have fitted the top two of these bays with spring-loaded, stealthed CD-Rom drive covers and the lowest bay with a 5.25" to 3.5" converter bracket complete with aluminium floppy disk bezel.
The reflective black plastic console at the lower half of the case contains contains the LCD screen for the integrated 4-port fan controller along with the power/reset switches and an illuminated A+Case logo. This is a nice touch and certainly adds a degree of style to the front of the case, however I can see the fan controller and plastic power switches being seen by some enthusiasts as a 'tacky', and quickly replaced with a custom solution.
Next to the radiator grills are two circular holes suitable for routing tubing (up to a 1/2" diameter) outside of the case. However, each of the radiators tested with the Black Pearl actually blocked a large portion holes, in some cases rendering them totally unusable. We also considered that possibly the holes were designed for the radiator barbs to fit snugly into, but once again the spacing between the barbs on all of the radiators tested did not match up with the holes on the Black Pearl.
At the front of the case are two USB ports, a firewire port and two 3.5mm audio jacks all hidden behind a flush aluminium flap.
A single spring loaded thumbscrew is all that secures each of the case doors. Once unscrewed, simply pull the thumscrew towards you to release the door which can then easily be lifted out.
Rather than going for a standard acrylic window, A+Case have decided to use an aluminium mesh. This still offers good visability for showing off the components inside the case, but once again comes at the cost of drawing in extra dust. Thankfully the mesh window is not bonded to the case, with A+Case using only 3 screws to secure it. This also opens up the possibility that A+Case may decide to sell a pre-cut acrylic window seperately.
Let's move on and see what the inside of the case has in store...