The Aero series is one of the most successful in the range of Aerocool. It combines average quality, decent cooling, good functionality and relatively low price. Initially, the line consisted of models with the digital name 1000, 800, 500 and 300. Now several variants of the new Aero One and Aero One Mini cases have been added to the family. Modifications differ from each other mainly in the way the backlight is implemented. And in this review, we will consider the Aero One Eclipse model, which is equipped with four ARGB fans and a controller for them.
|Model||Aerocool Aero One Eclipse|
|Type of shell||Midi-Tower|
|Dimensions, mm||520 (H) x 210 (W) x 404 (D)|
|Material||Steel, ABS plastic, glass|
|Form Factor||ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Devices 3.5″ external||–|
|Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal||1+1 / 2+1 (you can choose one 2.5″ or 3.5″ drive)|
|Supported number of expansion slots||7|
|Fans||front – 3 x 120 mm (installed) / 2 x 140 mm
upper – 2 x 120 mm, inner – 2 x 120 mm
rear – 1 x 120 mm (installed)
|Interface connectors||2 x USB 3.0, two 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks|
|Other||Tempered glass side panel, front and top magnetic dust filters, PSU dust filter, controller for 6 ARGB fans and LED strips, 4 ARGB fans included|
|Average cost, $||90|
Packing and scope of delivery
The packaging of the case is simple, but very informative. It has all the necessary technical specifications and a description of the main advantages in 12 languages. Carrying handles are made along the sides, protection against damage is provided by foam dampers and a bag, and a film is glued to the glass.
There are enough parts in the delivery set to assemble the basic system, they definitely saved on their number. In general, there is:
- assembly instructions;
- fan and backlight controller board;
- five disposable plastic cable ties;
- four motherboard racks;
- plastic adapter for a Phillips screwdriver for mounting motherboard racks;
- eight long screws for attaching fans to the PSU shroud;
- six hexagonal case screws for the power supply and PCI expansion cards;
- 13 small screws for 2.5″ drives and motherboard
- 4 screws for 3.5″ hard drives.
The exterior design of the case definitely indicates that there are no problems with ventilation. The front panel looks like one solid air intake with a metal grill and hexagonal cells. The company logo is traditionally glued to the bottom in the middle.
The plastic part of the front panel has an interesting curve with a double rim. Moreover, the inner part is covered with a carbon texture, and peculiar visors are made from below and above.
External ports and buttons are located at the front of the top panel. There are two USB 3.0 connectors, two 3.5 mm microphone and headphone jacks, two indicators for system power and drive activity, a small round button that can be connected both to control the backlight and as a system reset key, and a larger round one. key to start the PC.
The left side panel is solid 4mm tempered glass. The surface is slightly tinted. It mounts like a regular door, is held on by two plastic knurled screws and has a handle for easy dismantling.
Separately, I would like to note the workmanship of this panel and the overall fit of the parts. Metal strips are glued to the glass front and back. On the front there are two hooks, on the back there is a bend with holes for the screws. Soft pads are glued on the top and bottom edges.
The left panel metal panel is solid and interchangeable with the right one. It also rests on two screws with a plastic knurled head and has a stamped handle.
The stiffening ribs are curved inward and provide excellent strength of the part with a relatively small thickness of the metal. Two screws are screwed in front as fastening hooks. A soft round gasket is glued on the back near the handle.
The top panel is metal with rounded and sloping side faces. Most of the upper is ventilated and covered with a metal mesh magnetic filter.
Behind the filter is a large-mesh mesh that is completely transparent to air. Two 120mm fans can be hung on it from the inside.
Behind everything is standard. Only a large supply of space above the motherboard, due to the high top panel, attracts attention. A little lower is a 120 mm exhaust fan grill with the ability to adjust its height within a couple of centimeters. This is followed by the usual seven PCI slots with disposable ventilated plugs. The hole to the right of them is closed with a bar, which is held on by one screw with a knurled plastic head. The seat for the power supply allows you to place it exclusively with the fan down.
This is what the base of the case looks like. Two massive plastic legs 35 mm high are located in front and behind. They have soft stickers. There is a hole in the front leg to open the front panel. The plastic up to this cutout is hard, but in front it is soft and it is not recommended to lift the chassis for it, especially in the assembly. There is also a mesh dust filter for the power supply. And in the middle are the screws that hold the drive basket.
Let’s look at the inside of the case.