Ever since BitFenix launched the Prodigy and took the chassis market by storm, there are many build logs out there with the use of that chassis, either stock or somewhat modified. There were some limitations like PSU choices, and of course it was a Mini-ITX only chassis, but none the less, it is still a chassis that even made manufacturers stand up and notice the bomb that had just been dropped. There is a flipside to that coin though; any design that has that much fuss surrounding it is going to be taken in by other companies as they release variations of a similar design to try to get their piece of that pie, even if they had no idea that pie was there for the taking in the first place.
Xigmatek happens to be one of those companies that saw just how much action surrounded that design, and put their engineers to work on the task of making a similar chassis. But they wanted to make it their own design, do things differently, and add something that the Prodigy could not do, at least not the original version.
This design is uniquely Xigmatek, there is no way you will confuse the two, and from what we have seen, Xigmatek does raise the bar ever so slightly. If the originator wasn't exactly your cup of tea, options are always a good thing, as they allows for personal taste to also come into your future build plans.
It has been quite some time since we saw anything from Xigmatek, cases or coolers, as they seemed to concentrate on their PSU segment for a while there. This is almost a re-learning experience for me as well, as it has been long enough that they may have a whole other approach to what they do now.
So join me as we get to know Xigmatek again, and this new Aquila SFF chassis. Let's see how well it stacks up to the obvious competition, and by the end of this, you will definitely know if this chassis from Xigmatek is the new choice, or whether the Aquila is the knock off that should be avoided.