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Computer cases come in many varieties for every user’s needs. Someone wants a large tower that will easily accommodate top-end configurations. Others prefer to save some space by using compact system cases designed for micro-ATX or even mini-ITX mainboards. Yet it is the most universal midi-tower format that proves to be the choice of the majority of users. Most computers are assembled in them and such system cases stretch the entire price range. This format has become so popular that computer furniture is adjusted to its dimensions. So, let’s have a look at four representatives of this product class that come from the midrange market segment.


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AeroCool Syclone

We already had a chance to test AeroCool’s system cases and found them to be good midrange products with a nice-looking and memorable appearance. Will the Syclone leave us just as pleased?

  

This system case’s exterior may seem unserious to some people, but it is certainly not dull or trite. AeroCool suggests that the Syclone is styled like a space cruiser. I wouldn’t claim that this association popped up in my head readily the first time I saw this product, but I really had the impression of speed. The crest on the top panel, the four “engines” at the bottom, and the slanted side window all look neat and harmonious together.

I have to note that the protruding “engines” may play a bad joke with you. They may prevent you from squeezing the Syclone into the standard narrow compartment of some computer desks.

The front panel is a single large plastic door that covers standard external bays, a Reset button, and vents. The door cannot be hung to the other side, but offers a handy groove for your fingers to open it up easily. When closed, the door is fixed in place with two small magnets.

I/O connectors can all be found on the top panel: two USB ports (wide apart from each other), two audio connectors, and one eSATA port. The Power button can found here as well. It is neatly built into the ridge that goes along the center of the top panel.

The front part of the front panel, although abounding in openings, plays no part in ventilation. In fact, it is one large decorative piece.

The back panel is absolutely standard for modern system cases with a top position of the power supply. A 120-millimeter fan with a speed of 1100 RPM is preinstalled in its seat. There are no holes for the pipes of a liquid cooling solution.

The system case stands on small plastic cylinders with riffled surface.

 
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