Xclio A380 Color Plus Reviewairman -
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After removing all of the plastic packaging and protection, my enthusiasm for this case continues to grow. The side panels open without giving any trouble, the paint job is solid, and so is its structure. I'm usually not a fan of extra plastic on cases, but the style that this case has can definitely pull it off. The front and side intake fans are massive, and don't leave me with any doubt that this thing will perform as well as it looks. The front door that hides the optical drives opens without much resistance and is secured closed by small magnets in the top and bottom corners. The front of the door has the Xclio logo, which is kind of hard to see. Later on, I discovered that the whole logo is the HDD activity light and flashes white. I thought that was pretty slick.
The top of the case have two 140mm, 256 color fans set up as exhaust. The top fans (as well at the front) are wired to the front fan controller from the factory. I thought that was a nice touch because it didn't force me to fiddle with routing and hiding the wires. The plastic on the top has a little more restrictions on the fans that I would prefer, and could surely allow the fans to be more effective if the plastic is had a little more flow to it. Seeing as that the case is nearly two feet tall, it is equipped with four folding plastic feet that can be flipped out for stability, and style.
The top of the case features a fan controller for the side, top, and front fans. Under each knob is a button that allows the user to turn the fans completely off (not independently), the LEDs off (also not independently), and to stop the color cycle. By default, the fans cycle through every color of the rainbow, including a very purple UV color. Pressing the button pauses the cycle, and will stay on one color if the user desires. I like leaving it on cycle because of the dynamics it adds to the case. The top of the case where the fan controller is also has the usual I/O ports, including four USB ports, a headphone and microphone port, and one more for eSATA. The top I/O ports are convenient as they don't require the user to bend over out of their chair to stick something in the side or the bottom of the PC. This has becoming more of a trend lately, and many manufacturers seem to be catching on to this useful placement of the I/O panel. The front bezel of the case pops off by squeezing the expansion tabs from the inside. Like other cases, usually popping out three on one side will allow the front bezel to be removed fairly easily. After removing the front bezel, I was a little disappointed in seeing the lack of airflow that the front fan will provide to the hard drives. I would put my guess at about 20% of the drive holders are exposed through the hard drive enclosure and receive fresh air. Also, a portion of the sides of the fan hang over the side of the case, which directs the air nowhere.
Now that about all of the outside of the case has been evaluated, it is now time to open up the case and take a look at its insides. So far, the case is pretty impressive, but lacks a little bit of thinking on the airflow situation (at least for the front and top fans). Considering the big size of the front intake fan, it's a shame that most of it is wasted.