Tagan A+ El Diablo Advance ReviewGeekspeak411 -
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In most off the shelf computers today the most neglected but essential component seems not as much the graphics card or the power supply, that varies by vendor, but more lacking than anything is the case. You know, that box you keep it all in, that overlooked thing responsible for protecting your hundred, if not thousand dollar, investment from undue pressure, spilled drinks, dust, all that nice little stuff that turns your PC into an expensive doorstop. That's just another reason why I, along with every other custom system builder, out there tend to shy away from those seemingly attractive deals at our local Best Buys and Circuit Cities.
For self-builds, people look to the different companies out there to find the perfect case that fits the build they are planning whether an HTPC or a monster gaming machine/room heater. Tagan is submitting its newest bid, the El Diablo Advance, into the sea of cases out there to compete with the likes of CoolerMaster and Apevia to get on top of the heap and achieve the enthusiast crown. Looking at the specs for this case, such as a 330mm side fan and tool-less interior, it seems like Tagan has been listening to the downfalls of other cases but will it all execute as planned or will the El Diablo Advance just fall to the wayside? I'm ready to find out!
Tagan did a fine job dressing this beast up. I find the outer packaging very sharp looking, the front and back sides have a large picture of the El Diablo Advance along with two smaller inset pictures showing the large side fan and the dual top fans on the case along with the Tagan logo and El Diablo Advance stretched along the top. The sides listed the various specifications and features of the case in English, Dutch, and French. The only flaw I found was a large tear in the back of the box about 14" long which could have damaged the case but that is really FedEx's fault and not Tagan's. I'm very interested to see if the case was protected from any damage that the rip could have caused.
Opening the box was fairly straight forward, cut the tape and slide out the case. The El Diablo Advance was inside a plastic slip cover within a pair of styrofoam blocks to keep it centered and to minimize the vibrations that could dislodge components. Once I took off the blocks I inspected the bag to see if whatever ripped the box also tore the bag. I didn't see any flaws, not even a little scratch so I went on to remove the plastic bag and got a look at this case.
Inside the case there were two accessories boxes. The El Diablo Advance comes with the basic needed accessories along with a little extra. The accessories came in two small boxes, blue and black. The blue box contained a speaker that fits on a motherboard header, the standard screws and standoffs, and surprisingly also included six zip-ties as well as a sticky base for you to attach the zip-ties to the sides of the case with. All of these were sorted into their own little sealed plastic bags to keep them organized. The black box contained all of the mounting brackets that you would need for installing a drive into one of the El Diablo Advance's 5 5.25" bays and the external hard drive bay.
After studying the outside and the accessories of the case I am bursting to finally see this beast in action, on I go!