Aerocool Cylon Mid-Tower Chassis
The front is a matte black/gray plastic with a defined break in the styling running diagonally from left top to bottom right. This just looks like a styling piece with a white plastic break, but being that I had reviewed the website previous to imaging and writing I knew this was an ARGB backlit split in the design which adds some rainbow or adjustable color aesthetic. There is also a V or triangular shape in the plastic at the lower edge, which is a pass-through and would allow a minor amount of air through.
The top of the chassis has a front located rectangle which houses all of the front I/O which we will get to shortly. The rest of the top is solid steel paneling with a 120mm sized vent right above the CPU socket area of the where an installed motherboard would be. A magnetically attached dust filter screen filters the opening. Toward the front most section of the front panel, there is an LED button which is separate from the IO and is used to control the front mounted ARGB lighting effects.
The I/O is fixed to the top of the Cylon chassis and has an interesting mix of ports. Starting from left to right we have a power button, headphone and microphone jacks, dual USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.2 Gen 1 port a reset switch, power and HDD LED's and a card reader supporting Micro SD and SD cards. These ports are connected internally via USB 2.0 although I do wish it was 3.2 Gen 1 so that users of current generation SD and Micro SD cards could take advantage of their speeds.
The primary component side of the Cylon shows it has a transparent window. However, unlike the current trend of tempered glass everywhere Aerocool instead opts for acrylic, which at this point is pretty much expected.
We have seen what happens when manufacturers try to shoehorn tempered glass into an extremely budget chassis and it usually ends up with a pretty side panel and a higher price which is generally not very good for the users, so I'm ok with this. The one thing I do wish was better was securing the internal wiring and instructions since they are free to move about the case due to how they are tied in and could potentially scratch the delicate panel.
The rear of the Cylon is relatively standard for a budget case even having something we have not seen in a while. The breakaway PCIe slot covers. This is a sure sign of a cheaper model case as they do not have slot covers but instead, breakaway metal slats that cannot be reinstalled should component usage change. The exhaust fan is included, and you can see the 120mm fan mount here which looks to fit with the Motherboard IO shield cutout barely.
The other main side panel covering the cable management side of the chassis is a solid steel panel in the same color as the rest of the frame. It is fixed to the chassis via dual thumbscrews which are plastic slotted to give a better grip for removal and installation by hand.
The bottom of the Cylon has four large plastic feet with small rubber pads held on with adhesive. This should help the chassis from skidding across a desk. The lower ventilation for the PSU is filtered with a mesh screen which must be bent to remove from the tabs, but at least it's filtered. The front area near the HDD's, however, deploys a grated opening which is not filtered and to be completely honest I'm not sure why it's here at all.
It almost appears to have the footprint or mounting for an SSD but flat amounting at the bottom of the case would be hell with PSU and data connection, so I must assume this is a leftover tooling application for another design using this base chassis. Lastly, we also see the main area of air ingress for the front with the grab handle portion for removing the front panel. This will likely be where most of the air comes from to enter the front of the Cylon.
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- Page 2 [Packaging]
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- Page 4 [Inside the Aerocool Cylon Mid-Tower Chassis]
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- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]