A+ Case El Diablo ATX Case

Introduction, Packaging & Specification

Introduction

A little over a week ago Nanopoint contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing a case manufactured by A+ Case. As was mentioned in our recent review of the Black Pearl WCR, the A+ Case company are “part of the MaxPoint group who are also responsible for well known companies such as Tagan and Icybox”. I’ve been a PC enthusiast for a few years and know that both Tagan and Icybox have well respected product lines, so naturally my expectations were raised. A+ Case are rapidly developing a reputation for building quality cases across the budget spectrum, a number of their cases have become synonymous with “extreme” solutions in case cooling. Read on and you’ll see exactly where I’m coming from.

Packaging

The case arrived in a double-skinned cardboard box. The box is adorned with images of the case and references to the case’s specifications.

Box side

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As the images below suggest, El Diablo is a well protected beast with substantial styro-foam inserts used to protect the case from over-zealous couriers. The inserts also help to reduce the possibility of damage in the event of a sharp object piercing the box. As you can see, there is a good couple of inches space either side of the case sides.

Open Box

foam


Boxed Accessories

As shown below, the case also comes supplied with a small accessories box which includes: tool-free drive rails, motherboard mounting screws, assorted screws, an I/O panel, rubber fan mounts, a case speaker and some relatively basic instructions.

Gubbins


Specifications


A+ Case market the case as follows:

- New special cooling system with an enormous blue illuminated 280 mm fan in side panel and a 200 mm fan in front panel
- High quality front panel with integrated blue illuminated Apluslogo and 200 mm fan with separate adjustment respectively ON/ OFF switches for both fans
- Variable adjustable 280 mm fan in side panel to cool down all components perfectly
- Up to 12 disk drives can be mounted inside the case
- Easy drive mounting with screw less rails
- Easy installation of the PCI cards with clip system
- In accordance with RoHS

Measuring in at 260 x 540 x 600mm (WxHxD) the case isn't as tall as some full tower cases but, due to the diameter of the intake fan, the case is relatively wide.

Full specs. can be downloaded from here.

Lets move onto the next page and see how the case looks outside of the box.
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Most Recent Comments

17-11-2007, 15:11:12

Mullet
If you like your case to have a presence, take a look here because this case has it in spades!

17-11-2007, 15:22:35

Ham
Nice job dude. Looks like a solid case.

Just if they'd made it out of alu!

Gratz on the 1st review too

17-11-2007, 15:41:52

ionicle
not a case i'd personally go for

but good job on reviewing it, made a good read

17-11-2007, 16:13:05

Brooksie
Case is quite ugly, good if your a fan freak though

17-11-2007, 18:42:39

Mullet
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Nice job dude. Looks like a solid case.

Just if they'd made it out of alu!

Gratz on the 1st review too
Aye, tis a nice bit of kit....all boils down to what you like in the loks dept. really...

17-11-2007, 19:44:10

PV5150
What a stellar effort on your first review mate. You covered all of the main features/cons and provided good images to reinforce them. Well done ...keep up the great work.

The case actually looks interesting, and those larger fans seem to keep things well cooled. I'm a sucker for an aluminium case, but the steel used here is reflected in the price.

18-11-2007, 04:35:20

Mullet
Thanks for the feedback Peevles.

For the price the case has plenty to offer in terms of cooling features.

18-11-2007, 09:26:27

llwyd
Good work mate, very nice first review there

Im still pretty undecided on the looks side of the case though

24-11-2007, 06:02:42

Mandible
My current short list for buying a case is either the el diablo or the NZXT blackline in blue. Any preferences people?

Oh, and im afraid you didnt note that the door is on the left, major irritation, and by the looks, only open 90 degrees.

24-11-2007, 10:40:16

Mullet
Lo matey...hope you enjoyed reading the review

Yes, the door opens up to 180 degrees...I think the image which depicts the case with the door open shows that the hinge is on the left-hand side...

Tough decision tbh as I've not seen a NZXT case in the flesh....I hope the review helps you to make your mind up either way.
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