A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case
Published: 18th June 2007 | Source: APlus Case | Price: |Conclusion
Having owned quite a few high-end cases including a custom painted Silverstone TJ03 and a Coolermaster Black Widow, it's fair to say that I'm extremely particular when it comes to selecting enclosures for my own personal use. Quality, styling and performance are all extremely high on my list of requirements, and I'm pleased to say that the A+Case Black Pearl WCR has met every single one.
Featuring a 100% aluminium construction with single sheet for the main body, the Black Pearl oozes quality and doesn't feel as flimsy as some of the other aluminium cases on the market. Small touches like spring loaded stealth drive bay covers and a basic fan controller give the Black Pearl an edge over some of the competition and certainly save the need to purchase some of those "additional extras".
Hearing that the Black Pearl was "Water Cooling Ready" certainly seemed to be the icing on the cake, however after trying to install several radiators inside the Black Pearl it was clear that only a small selection of radiators would fit. This is not a fault of A+Case, as there's no way they could possibly create a case that would work universally with all radiators - but it's certainly something to bear in mind before making any purchases. In addition to this, installing a radiator inside the case covers over the lower two expansion slots on most motherboards, possibly causing problems for users with add-in soundcards.
Overall the Black Pearl WCR is a great case that has the quality and looks to take on the best cases that Lian Li and Silverstone have to offer. Retailing for around £170 the case certainly isn't suitable for those on a budget - but as the saying goes: "You get what you pay for" - and this is certainly true for the Black Pearl.
• High quality, all aluminium construction.
• Sexy looks - one of the best on the market.
• Designed with water cooling in mind.
• Stealth drive bay covers.
• Integrated fan controller.
• Other small touches like thumbscrews throughout.
• Radiator location blocks two expansion slots.
• PSU area might not be long enough for certain PSU's
• A little expensive, but cheaper than some other similar cases.
Thanks to A+Case for providing the Black Pearl WCR for review and to WaterCoolingUK for water cooling components.
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