Xigmatek Aquila Review

Up Close: Exterior Overview, Roof and Sides

Xigmatek Aquila Review

Up Close:  Exterior

Xigmatek claim the Aquila measures (L) 390 x (H) 403x (W) 265mm.  In reality we found it to be 390mm in both height and depth (Yes we measure them ourselves as opposed to just trusting the manufacturers details).  Either way, the Aquila is actually too large to truly be called a small form factor case.  Recognising this Xigmatek themselves refer to it as a mini tower.  On the desk it feels quite chunky, in no small part due to the 265mm width.  The height of the case is also slightly exaggerated by the raised plastic shoulders and feet, which in turn tilt the body of the case slightly upwards at the front.

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The left side of the case benefits from a large side window , with the right side remaining blank, which is a bit of a shame as the horizontal motherboard layout inside means the your goodies could theoretically be seen from either side.

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The roof of the white case is counterpointed by a large black mesh area.  This mesh is removable by means of a fiddly little catch towards the rear. the front of the case also sports and almost identically sized mesh panel lending a certain aesthetic symmetry to the design

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So as not to disturb the looks, the front I/O is actually located on the front edge of the left side panel, consisting as it does of a pair of USB 3.0s and a set of audio jacks.  The power button though, resplendent in its chromed glory sits atop the front edge of the case.

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Most Recent Comments

03-11-2014, 10:15:05

Nice work Gary it's well, something different I suppose, strange aesthetics reminds me of a retro 60's portable radiator, but those internals more than make up for it, lots of room for a showy stylish LAN rig.Quote

03-11-2014, 12:06:26

Yeah, it's not bad at all, but it always irks me when manufacturers miss opportunities such as the potential extended water cooling that this case could have featuredQuote

04-11-2014, 09:01:23

wow those usb slots are in a horrible place. that's my kick zone. i envision accidentally breaking many thumb drives. i really need a nice matx case too.Quote

04-11-2014, 16:52:28

No point having a great looking case if you're going to keep it hidden under the desk matey.Quote

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