Tagan A+ Curbic ReviewRHKCommander959 - November 24, 2008
Some cases are quiet, sleek office boxes. Some are windowed and lit up like Vegas. It all depends on user preference but few offer a compromise between glamour and functionality. Likewise some companies tend to focus solely on cooling, and others only the quality of the case itself. Cases come in a vast variety, they are very diverse as are the users themselves: so it is difficult sometimes to find the perfect case that is also ready to keep your hardware running smoothly.
Tagan is a company that was founded in 2001, with headquarters in Germany, that is known best for their large line of power supplies ranging between 330 to 1300 watts. They also make hard drive enclosures and computer cases – one of which I shall be reviewing today: the Tagan A+ (“APlus-Case”) Curbic – a mid ATX case with dual 180mm fans. I will be putting this new case through some tests to see how well it stacks up against the competition.
The Curbic case came shipped in a plain white box with black and white images on the front and back, and text explaining some of the features located on the sides. The front and back are the same, as are the sides. The top reads Curbic, and the bottom is blank. The box itself shows little or no damage, just dirt - so from the outside it looks to be well padded. The box art is rather disappointing in comparison to some cases; hopefully the case is done better than the box!
Unveiling the case shows that it is enclosed in a protective bag to keep the paint form being scratched, and help against moisture damage. Thick foam spacers help insure that the case is kept padded and away from the box walls – which helps keep the case from getting dents.
The included hardware comes in a plastic baggy – 9x mounting standoffs and screws, four case feet, zip tie and tie mount (for wire management), a black screw, and piece of metal to be installed to allow the side panel to be lockable, generic I/O panel, O-magnet, eight screws for any expansion or bay drives you may want to have permanently attached, and an extra rubber band and twist tie (you could also use these for wire management). Unfortunately there is no manual to aid novices and alike on what to do with all of these items, and even a simple insert would be better than nothing.
Lets pop this open!