Cubitek ATX-ICE Case ReviewBluePanda - June 3, 2012
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First impressions are pretty rough. It is short, squatty, fat, and kind of ugly. There isn’t any simpler way of saying it other than perhaps it resembles someone's mother-in-law or some other distant or disregarded family member? I’m not saying my mother-in-law or yours have these traits, but wow. I’m usually pretty wordy with what I have to say about the looks of something, but to me this isn’t appealing and leaves me wondering what and why? Not even going for a simple or plain look will save this one, because it isn’t that either. The recessed fan grill on the front and raised edging just hurts the eyes a little. One of you reading this might like the way this looks, and I’m not out to offend you, but to me the front is just a major eyesore. The Cubitek logo at the bottom doesn’t help it either, as it reminds me of some type of child's learning toy logo. For men and women alike, often times the opposite gender is much more appealing from the back side, turning the Cubitek ATX Ice around follows this rule a little. It doesn’t have a cute butt but I guess it is still a big one. It does look a lot better back here, with some raw brushed aluminum from the inside showing through. From this angle it’s pretty plain and almost likeable.
The sides of the case are giving it almost redeeming features, after looking so poorly at first glance. The sides are very nice, with a smooth brushed finish on the black anodized aluminum. It has a slight little handle to hold on to, but unlike most cases with two screws per panel on the back side, it has four little awkward screws holding it in, on all four corners. Unfortunately, these screws are little monsters that will have you pulling your hair out in no time, but we’ll take a closer look at that in the working components section.
Overall this is the mother-in-law case, as I will call it. It’s kind of nice, but it is something you will have to deal with to house your most prized possessions. Even at an angled look I can’t really say I like it, although it does make the case look less fat though. But, we all know looking and being are two very different things. Let’s get it open and see if the insides have something a little more promising to make everything else "okay."