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XION XON-980 Case Review

Waco    -   July 25, 2012
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Conclusion:

Coming into this review I wasn't sure what to expect. I haven't ever worked with a XION case before so I had high hopes for this one when it showed up on the porch. The styling isn't something I'd call attractive personally but everyone has different tastes. If you haven't read the review and skipped straight to the conclusion, I'll go ahead and give you the quick run-down now: the fan controller is useless, the front panel doesn't match up with the indicator lights, the build quality feels inexpensive and rushed, and the CPU temperatures leave quite a bit to be desired.

To be perfectly honest for the asking price this case leaves a lot to be desired. There's nothing to really redeem the faults I encountered when examining this case. The cooling fans, for the noise they make, should keep things cooler especially in a smaller mid-tower case. The fan controller, if you can really call it that, is one of the most useless things I've ever seen included on a case and it's downright dangerous to have something like this without even a mention of it shutting fans completely off in the installation guide. If this case was coming to market at the $59.99 level or below I could understand the kind of manufacturing shortcuts that produce a case of this caliber, but at the $89.99 price point it just doesn't even have a horse in the race. If you're looking to build a new machine please look elsewhere unless you want to be disappointed like I was.

 

Pros:

  • Didn't fall apart when I looked at it
  • Painted interior

 

Cons:

  • Cheap feel for all buttons
  • Useless fan controller
  • Front panel misaligned with power/HDD lights
  • Loud fans
  • Priced too high


 

Maybe Next Time



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing & Results
  6. Conclusion
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