About ninety-five percent of our experience with the Air 240 was smooth sailing, all the way from getting into the chassis and installing most of the hardware, on through the wire management, and into a really nice looking finished build. That isn't to say Corsair had it all figured out though. With the panels off, this chassis is a tad bit flexible, and while we are on about the side panels, they don't seem to fit very flush. Both of our side panels, near one corner or another, the panel would flex away from the frame and leave a noticeable gap that can even be seen in some of our images.
What really sort of broke our spirits with this chassis was the lame expansion card holder - if you can even call it that. It's almost like they built the chassis expecting to use screws, found out the holes were too close to the back wall of the chassis to use screws, and decided at the last minute to fashion something else up. There is too much room in the gap when it's closed to even attempt to fully support even our lowly 660 in our build; just imagine the trouble with heavier cards, or those with water blocks. We were able to alleviate some of that issue with a zip tie run through the holes, but with everything else about the design being so good, it is just so strange to have such an important oversight in a design.
Outside of that, the chassis was still solid and attractive enough to be filled with one of my personal rigs from the office, and will spend a year or two in good service for us. Considering the main rig in the office has used the same chassis for almost four years now, you can tell swapping out cases is not something we do on a whim. It takes a nice feature rich layout to catch our attention. Of course, when I bring people into the office, the "wow that looks awesome" never hurts to hear either.
Outside of looks, we are always thinking that it is really nice to have a smaller form factor chassis that is super easy to work inside of and doesn't have to come apart completely to get certain parts installed. Also, it is nice that even with the regular suspects when components are required, you can simply move the radiator from the front, and there is plenty of GPU length supported. Just keep in mind: if you do not plan to water cool the CPU in this chassis, you need to find a very stout CPU cooler, as there is only 120mm of room allowed for it.
The price of the Air 240 is definitely right at $89.99. The layout is a great compromise from the much larger Air 540 that this design comes from, and it still offers everything most up-to-date users will need. Allowing racks to come out offers a lot of room to use for pumps, reservoirs, and tubing to set up a multiple radiator system and cool everything enclosed. This chassis really does offer that sort of room.
Considering we are only asked for $10 more to move from something like the much more restrictive top selling cases already out there, we feel that even with our pickiness about a couple of things, Corsair really did bring forth a chassis we can see many gravitating to for their next build. Also, with multiple orientations accounted for in the design, no matter how you want to use the Carbide Series Air 240 Micro-ATX case in your home, we are sure it will look stunning, be cooled internally really well, and be a case you will keep over multiple systems.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 Micro-ATX Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Carbide Series Air 240]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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