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Ikonik Zaria A20 Mid-Tower Enclosure - Final Thoughts

This week Mike looks at an enclosure from a new company striving to make a big impression.

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 22, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: Ikonik

Final Thoughts

 

With so many choices in the mid-tower enclosure market, it is up to the manufacturer to come up with something that will motivate you to purchase their product. There are many considerations in this effort including cooling potential, aesthetics, room, features and price. All of these options will play a part in your buying decision.

 

So does the Ikonik Zaria series have what it takes to be a good deal? Let's summarize to try to find out.

 

The Zaria A20 is a solid mid-tower sized enclosure that measures roughly 200mm x 440mm x 490mm. It is not a huge enclosure so will fit almost anywhere. It has a brushed aluminum finish with a shiny ridge that goes around the front bezel giving it a clean appearance. You get to choose whether you want a mesh side panel or an acrylic window, both of which are included with the package that includes the SIM.

 

The entire case is set up with a tool free concept. The mainboard and PSU will require normal installation, but that will pretty much be the extent of your need for tools. The mechanisms to effect the tool free installation are simple and very effective, so should produce no problems for either the veteran system builder or the novice.

 

Most of the components that have vibration issues will have a rubber strip of some sort to handle any excess rattling, which will help the system remain as quiet as possible. The fans included are also designed for minimal noise, using a 120mm fan in both the front and rear panels and a pair of slim fans on the far side. There is also the ability to add an additional fan on the bottom panel for cool air intake, and it is even properly filtered!

 

There really isn't too much bad going for this enclosure. Better positioning of the slim fans on the panel above the mainboard might have been nice, but their effectiveness will still satisfy your needs for removing that heated air. A removable motherboard tray would have been a nice addition, but this is getting to be a rare find in the mid-tower designs. A higher stance would also have been a nice touch to allow for a more user friendly choice for those who generally keep their systems on a carpeted floor.

 

Beyond that, the only main issue is price. At the time of this writing, you will have a difficult time finding the Zaria series enclosure on your favorite online store shelves, but that will change once the company gets it out to the stores, which is supposed to be relatively soon. Starting price for the base Zaria A20 case will run you about $129US for the base setup or $159US for the version with the SIM. While not an outrageous price tag, it does fall into the upper echelon of the pricing range when looking at this size enclosure.

 

Overall, if you have the cash on hand and like the feature set, the Ikonik Zaria A20 with SIM is a worthy contender for your consideration. It has plenty of space, offers an easy system installation, and provides enough cooling to handle most rigs being used.

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