Apevia X-Pleasure Blue Aluminum Case Review

Sagittaria - 2006-12-30 11:46:30 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Sagittaria   
Reviewed on: July 23, 2006
Apevia
Apevia
Price: $129

Introduction
Everyone needs some pleasure in life and Apevia’s X-Pleasure is designed to fulfill your desires. The structure of the case is built from aluminum with an all-plastic front plate that allows it to weigh in at a very light 19 pounds. Not only it being very light for a large tower case, it is also designed to be stylish with its classic analog temperature and fan speed gauges. Like most of Apevia’s cases, it comes in various colors and today I will be reviewing the blue version.

Apevia, formally known as Aspire, was established more than seven years ago in March of 1999. It has now become a very successful and well known company that has a wide array of products under its belt, including fans, power supplies, hundreds of cases, and various other accessories all with the enthusiast in mind.

I find the X-Pleasure quite appealing and quite cool looking at first glance, not too flashy and not plain looking. I was very excited when the case arrived with its dazzling array of features.

Closer Look
The box was quite an eye catcher when it arrived on my doorstep, making me even more excited. There were numerous pictures of the case itself along with the specifications. It arrived relatively unscathed and upon pulling it out of the box it teased me even more to its unseen glory.



Taking the case out of its wrappings revealed its beauty. The front panel has a couple of two-inch gauges for fan speed and temperature, which are backlit blue. The chrome surrounding the backlit plastic is very reflective. The windowed side panel has a large handle with a lock and the large window panel is secured with black plastic pieces. The rear of the case is nothing special with the usual items and the non-windowed side panel is plain.



  

The paint job was very nice as it looked like a rough semi-gloss that is very practical because I can now touch my case without leaving marks and smudges! Many case manufacturers use an annoying high gloss coat that scratches very easily and have to be literally waxed to be kept nice and clean. Thank You Apevia for realizing the subtleties of case design!
Closer Look
The door itself is fairly strong, but the locking mechanism itself is very weak. With a good whack, the plastic lock and tab securing the door will break quite easily. The locks work, but I wouldn’t put all my trust in them as they are quite breakable. They are more for bragging rights than anything else. The round finger holes around the drives are to be filled with tabs that hold the optical drives, a nice touch. The case also has fold out feet, which is a good idea because these tall tower cases can be very tipsy. There are four fans total included in this case. Two are illuminated 120mm, which are mounted in the rear and on the window panel. Note the clear fan guard and nice grill. The other two are 80mm that are to be mounted up front, which I will get into later. The case comes with two sets of keys and four sets of removable drive rails, along with three bags of labeled screws. Very organized!




The back of the case reveals the non-removable motherboard tray. I don�t think that it matters much because of all the working room in the case.


The cables from the front panel include a small rudimentary fan controller for the four fans included in the case along with the temperature probe, firewire and USB connectors. The other two fans are 80mms that are mounted up front, one of which is already screwed in the bottom front of the case and lighted, while the other is mounted on the outside of a hard drive cage but not lighted. All three hard drive cages are interchangeable. They have holes for both floppy drives and hard drives and according to Apevia�s specifications, two are visible and seven are internal. The cages are locked with a small lever, but at first it can be somewhat cumbersome when placing the cages back in the case. The action requires you to know precisely where the cage is supposed to be.




I was very pleased with the features of this case! Onwards to testing!

Specifications

Model No. X-PLEASURE-BL
Case Material Aluminum
Color Blue
Main Board Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX
Window Yes
Power Supply N/A
Drive Space 4x5.25" / 2x3.5" / 7x3.5" (hidden)
Motherboard Size up to 11" x 12"
Expansion Slots 7
Front Panel Switch Power / Reset Front Access Ports 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire
Cooling Fan Space Up to 4 x case fans:
1 x 80mm UV blue LED & 1 x 80mm UV blue fan - front (included)
1 x 120mm UV blue LED fan - rear (included)
1 x 120mm UV blue LED fan - side (included)
Front Thermometer 1 x Temperature Readout Gauge
Front Fan Controller 1 x Fan Speed Controller (controls up to 5 fans) w/ gauge
Led Display Power / HDD Shipping
Weight 19 lbs
Dimensions(DxWxH) 19" x 8" x 21.25" (Including front panel and case feet
Cu'ft 3.2

Testing
Testing Materials

Inspection of the case revealed that there were no harmful sharp edges anywhere that I could see, so I went ahead and began installing everything. The first step was to install the motherboard but, to my surprise, I was immediately halted when trying to remove the stock I/O plate. The plate was very thick and looked to be composed of three layers of metal. It was jammed in pretty good, so I was forced to pry it off with a flat head screwdriver.


Other than that, installation was a breeze. I installed the motherboard, processor, heatsink and power supply, then proceeded to hooking up the front panel connections. One thing that bugged me was when I tried pulling the temperature probe (connected to the gauge) to the heat sink I found that it was only about 8 inches long! What point does it serve when it barely reaches half way across the motherboard? Much to my displeasure, I was forced to leave it hanging in the case instead.



I proceeded to the optical drive installation, which was very easy. Simply screw on the �pinch� rails and slide it in. I must say it has a very satisfying feeling to it!

  

The rest of the installation is the same as putting together any old case.

I finished assembling the case in about 2 hours, since I paid close attention to wire management, the art of making the components look appealing. If you are an average person, then it will take you significantly less time to put it together. Now the moment you all have been waiting for...


 

 


A very nice case, the gauges look wonderful and the fan controller works pretty well! You can tune down your fans by 50%, making them almost inaudible while having the analog gauge tell you what percentage they�re running! A problem came up when I plugged in a USB device in the front connectors and found that the connectors were very tough to plug in. If I try plugging them in, the ribs in the front of the case will bend almost to the point of breakage.

As far as case temperatures go, my old mid tower case saw temperatures as high as 34C with six case fans! This case never goes above 31C and my CPU temperatures, as a result, fell almost 5C! Very nice indeed!

Conclusion
I was expecting an awesome case, and that is exactly what I received! The case is very light and the case structure is very sturdy as there was no warping of any kind, even though it is made out of light aluminum. The hard drive cages are very nice and the drive rails work perfectly. I like the looks of the case, especially the analog gauges! There are no sharp edges and the innards of the case are constructed quite well with strength in mind.

The entire front panel is quite flimsy, being constructed out of plastic. The locks do not serve a real purpose other than looks. The front USB ports are very annoying when trying to plug something in. The temperature probe is quite short and makes me wonder whether Apevia even thought about that cable, as well as some of the fan cables. These are some minor annoyances though, as I think this is a very nice case for the price and I would give it a nine out of ten!

Pros

  • Light
  • Roomy
  • Price
  • Sturdy
  • Hard Drive cages
  • Drive Rails
  • Looks
  • Paint Job

Cons

  • Front Panel is flimsy
  • USB connectors are tough
  • Short Cables