The Twelve Hundred is indeed the acme of the series. And it is not meant for gaming configurations only. It will easily accommodate a workstation or a SOHO file-server for storing large amounts of data. It does not provoke a storm of emotions with its exterior, but everything is reliable, practical and problem-free, and the cooling of components is exceptionally good. The only downside is noise, but it is the noise from the hard disk drives rather than from the fans.
The A+ Black Pearl leaves different impressions. It is a big, rather pretty system case that supports E-ATX mainboards, offers wide component installation opportunities and has an integrated fan speed controller. On the other hand, it has a number of minor drawbacks in design and bad engineering solutions like the fastening of the optical drive faceplates. It is the poor cooling of HDDs that is the main problem with this system case. We don’t recommend you to install too many hard disks into it. You should even be careful with one or two HDDs.