AeroCool V-Touch A
Next goes the AeroCool V-Touch. Like the Hi-Tech 7, it comes in three versions with different side panels. I’ve got a sample with a big transparent window.
It does not look more than a black square box at first sight until you notice that it has no buttons. It is only when you connect the V-Touch to the mains that the square block at the bottom of the front panel lights up and you realize that it is actually a display. To be exact, it is a touch-sensitive screen.
It is on this screen that the Power and Reset buttons can be found. Of course, the display’s functionality goes beyond that. It interacts with the same controller as in the above-discussed Hi-Tech 7 but the number of thermocouple/fan pairs is reduced from 4 to 3. That is, this screen can be used to keep track of temperature in three spots inside the system case and control the speed of three fans. The screen is protected against an accidental touch. Pressing the Lock button in the center of the screen blocks the other active zones of the panel. Parents with small children should appreciate this feature.
It proved to be handy to use the touch screen as a unified control center, especially as its viewing angles are very appropriate. The image remains almost the same when viewed from above, gets somewhat faded when viewed from a side at a large angle, and only loses its brightness and contrast greatly when viewed from below, which is unlikely in real usage.
The rear panel resembles the one of the Hi-Tech 7. It has the same elements and a 120mm fan residing in a seat that can accommodate either a 120mm or an 80mm fan.
The V-Touch stands on simple conic feet made from black rubber.
However, the system case is somewhat different inside: the drive rack consists of two sections here, and HDDs are now positioned across the case. Otherwise, it is a typical representative of the inexpensive chassis class.
There is a big insert into the 24-pin power connector which is necessary for the touch screen controller to be powered by the +5V standby source. Otherwise it wouldn’t be able to start the computer up.
The mainboard and expansion cards are all secured with ordinary screws. It is good that you don’t have to tear the expansion-slot brackets off.
There is a seat for a 120mm or 80mm fan in front of the HDD cage. It looks like the V-Touch should not be expected to deliver effective cooling as it comes with one fan only, located at the back panel.
In order to install a hard disk into the cage, you must attach a couple of guides to it. You don’t have to screw anything: the guides have smooth prongs. For additional fastening, you can secure the guide with a screw through the opening in the center.
External devices are installed into both 5-inch and 3-inch bays by means of standard plastic brackets with two prongs.
There is nothing extraordinary about the assembly process. I can only recommend you to use SATA and power cables with L- and T-shaped connectors. Ordinary connectors will press against the side panel and may get damaged.