AeroCool X-Predator Evil
Published: 31st October 2011 | Source: AeroCool | Price: £124.99 Inc VAT |
Up Close: Overview
As already alluded to, this is a big case, sure there are other big cases on the market, but few have the impact this case did when I opened up the box and set eyes on it for the first time. Ah yes, the box, I'll come to that later.
The XPREDATOR is a full tower case made predominantly from 1mm thick SECC (Japanese steel). I say predominantly as some of the less structurally critical components are made from 0.8mm SECC. it's very sturdily built, with no flex or bend visible in any of the major sheets. All this sturdiness gives the case a dry weight of 13.5Kg, and that's before you've even begun to add your hardware.
Like most cases on the market at present the X-Predator makes use of moulded plastics. As with choice of 1mm steel used the manufactures haven't scrimped and gone for the minimal thickness of plastic they can get away with. They've used good thick sturdy mouldings, which are will finished with little evidence of moulding seams and nipples. The sum of all this is a case that has a quality feel to it, a feeling that it isn't going to break, that you're not going to inadvertently snap something in the build process.
Aesthetics wise the X-Predator is predominantly matte Black with accents of brilliant rich Orange. Externally circular holed orange mesh panels on the front angled edges and anterior parts of the side panels are used to add impact to the aesthetics. The final piece of Orange detailing is provided by the use of a rubbery angled tray section situated on the top front edge of the case. The perfect place to keep all those USB sticks and other detritus that gathers when we use our PCs.
On the inside AeroCool have used an Orange Motherboard tray combined with Orange meshed PCI-E covers to counterpoint the Black and continue the theme.