Aerocool XPredator X1 Evil Black Edition Case ReviewWaco - October 24, 2012
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In the market for a new case? Perhaps that old beige box is finally starting to gnaw at the back of your mind? Founded back in 2002, Aerocool might just have a case for your needs. Today I'll be taking a look at one of its relatively new cases: the Aerocool XPredator X1 Evil Black Edition. How's that for a mouthful? The Evil Black Edition of the XPredator X1 sets it apart from its peers in that it includes orange accents and orange fans - otherwise it is identical to the standard XPredator X1. The X1 is the "mini-me" version of the more well-known XPredator full tower case and is poised to deliver many of the same features in a much smaller package and a lower price point. I will caution you with a word of warning before you read further though - this case doesn't seem to be on sale in the United States at this point in time and the pricing I'm basing this review on is a conversion from the European market. That said, keep reading to see just how "Evil" this case really is!
When this box showed up on my doorstep my first thought was...what? Why is there a huge tarantula on the side of the box? After a bit of thought I realized that it was supposed to represent the predatory nature of the case (or something like that). Anyway - the box itself is pretty standard fare and shows off an isometric-type view of the case on the front side. It is marked as the Evil Black Edition with a little green sticker and as a fan of the Clemson Tigers I am a bit excited to see some orange accents on an affordable case. Spinning the box around you can see various specs and features of the case that are outlined completely on the Specifications & Features page. Usually by the time you see the box you've checked over all the features already anyway, right?
Opening up the top of the box reveals the XPredator X1 packed away in a clear bag cushioned by a pair of styrofoam packing inserts. One thing to note is that this case is VERY light for a steel case and as such I don't think you'll have any issues with it arriving busted and broken at your doorstep. The packaging is more than sturdy enough to keep this chassis in one piece. You can just see the orange accents peeking through the packing material, so keep reading to see this predator on the prowl!