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EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 7, 2013 5:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: EVGA

Final Thoughts


There is a lot to like with this design. The curved top and bottom offer a softer, gentler, looking chassis to the office, or living room. The polished front panel adds some style and class, and from all angles, the chassis feels of, and screams out: quality. While things are cramped inside of the chassis, the ease in which the slot-load optical drive goes in is one of the best ways I have ever seen it done in any SFF chassis. Offering just a pair of storage trays may be somewhat limiting, but is fine for an SSD for the OS, and a large spinner for storage. Then, on top of all the things that make you initially attracted to something like the Hadron Air, EVGA adds a slim, low-profile power solution with the 500W 80PLUS Gold rated PSU, delivering 40A of power to components of your choosing.


With the sort of pricing EVGA is offering the Hadron Air for, we are a bit more picky about what we received from them. I know this is the first time out, and that has to be reflected in the price for things like R&D, new tooling, and the man hours it takes to come up with the design in the first place. In reality though, when we as buyers are spending over $100 to $150 dollars for a case, we expect some of the best in what cases can offer. Here, the EVGA fell just short of the mark for really simple things that I think would have made this chassis a full on ten out of ten. Had they made the USB 3.0 cable black, I would have cared less about the way it ran, but being such a bright blue, it only highlights the fact that the cable was too short for some motherboards. I know EVGA wants you to buy their Z87 Stinger for this, but not everyone is willing to use that motherboard. Also, beige cabling for the HD Audio in a near $200 case: seriously? Is this 1999?


Outside of my small issues with the Hadron Air, you are getting quite the kit with this purchase. Also, unlike the Corsair Empire, with the Hadron Air, or Hadron Hydro, you can have every bit of the computer that shows naming through the window, coincide with the naming on the chassis. Now, the motherboard, cooling, video card, PSU, and the case, are all a singular brand. For things like memory and storage, the way they are installed, most times a name is not visible, and won't break the scheme that is intended for this chassis.


This chassis is part exclusivity, part ingenious, part stylish, and yet the whole time, the components are kept cool inside with little more than 33 dB of noise coming from it. While $189.99 is steep for most buyers, those who want the full theme with some class, and elegance: it is really tough to pass up on the Hadron Air from EVGA.



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