According to the Slavic mythology, Zaria is the Goddess of Beauty. Given that enthusiasts often are very persnickety about their computer systems, this isn't really such a bad concept when creating the component that everyone will notice first; the enclosure. With a brushed aluminum exterior and a little electroplating surrounding the front bezel, the Zaria gives an elegant appearance right from the start.
The enclosure is all aluminum in build, so is lightweight, but without any unusual balance issues. Whether the box is empty or has a system installed, there is a nice balance to the enclosure that makes it feel stable.
As noted at the beginning, Ikonik has some features that are a bit out of the ordinary. One of those features is an entertaining way to start up your system. While those who like to ride dirt bikes may be familiar with kick starting their motorcycle, the Zaria A20 allows you to kick start your PC. If you will notice the square panel at the lower left corner of the front bezel, you can see that it doesn't sit exactly flush with the surrounding panels. This is because it is a "kick plate" that is actually a start button for the installed system. So starting up your beat is now just a matter of giving the bottom corner a nudge with your toe.
Don't worry... those who are not comfortable with this can still crank up the system with a start button positioned with the I/O ports, which we will cover in just a bit.
Opening the door to the drive bay area shows space for up to four optical drives and also an externally accessible 3.5" drive bay for those who still use either a floppy drive or a multi-function device that uses this size bay. Since these bays all have covers, your system will still look sleek and neat if you do not require all this functionality.
The front I/I ports... wait a minute, I thought they were here somewhere.
Ah, here we go. The front I/O ports offered feature a good deal of flexibility and they are positioned on the top of the case to keep from being an eye sore. The rubber covering shown in the first image of this area is affixed with a magnet, so you can either rotate the cover out of the way to access the ports or just pull it off and store it for later use.
Ports available on the Zaria A20 include a pair of USB 2.0 ports, the expected microphone and headphone jacks, one IEEE1394 Firewire port and one eSATA port. Also present is the promised power button for those who just have a hard time kicking their pride and joy.
Moving to the side of the Zaria shows a large opening that is fitted with a mesh material. This opening takes up a majority of the side panel and allows a lot of additional airflow into your rig. For some, though, this added airflow isn't really necessary, or you may not like the look of a mesh side panel. Whatever the reason, if a mesh covered side isn't you cup of tea, Ikonik has the answer with an included Plexiglas panel that can be used to replace the mesh one.
Above is that panel sitting next to the installed mesh one. All it takes is removing about a dozen screws and the replacement of the mesh with the plastic. Replace the screws and you now have a clear side window that does not offer added airflow (or intake of dirt). While several enclosure manufacturers offer you a choice of side panel options, I don't know of many that include the ability to change them out like this. It is a nice touch that shows Ikonik sees a need and addresses it.
Moving to the back of the enclosure shows a pretty standard layout, but this is expected. After all, a fancy back panel won't do you much good if your industry standard motherboard cannot be accessed.
There are seven expansion slots and an empty space for the cutout provided with your mainboard. There is also a large 120mm fan for exhaust and a pair of rubberized grommets toward the bottom to handle the tubing used by those who have an external reservoir for their water cooling system. The power supply is mounted at the top of the back panel and the rails on which it rests have a slim rubber lining to keep vibration under control.
So far, it appears Ikonik has researched the needs of the power user and made accommodations for those needs. But what about the inside?