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Xoxide X40 Blackbox Case Review Posted by Mike @ 9:20 P.M. on 12/16/02




Background
Thanks to Xoxide.com for providing us with this case to review, and don't forget you can click the pictures for a larger view.

We all love how a modded computer looks. Windows, stealth jobs, and those extra touches are something that we all want in our case. Unfortunately, many of us do not have the time, the tools, or the skill to pull these modding jobs off. That's where Xoxide steps in. Xoxide handles all the dirty work for you. When you receive your case, you can marvel at the window, enjoy the stealth jobs, and love all the extra touches. Of course, you can also tell all your friends that you did it yourself.

The Xoxide X40 Blackbox is just one of many modded cases over at Xoxide. It is one of the most affordable that they carry (it's only $79.99). Being one of the most affordable does come along with drawbacks. Anyone who read our review of the Impression IM-21 case will remember our "Quality test." We take off a side panel and see how much the metal bends or flexes. Unfortunately this case's panel flexed quite a bit without much pressure. This shows that the metal used for the case is not very thick. Anyone just looking at the case will never be able to tell, but to us every detail is important.

We were happily surprised with many parts of the case. Two stealth cd-rom covers were included in the case, something rarely included with any case (even in more expensive ones). The window job was done very well (infinitely better that what it would have looked like had I done it). Best of all, the case had a removable motherboard tray. In my opinion, this is something no case should be without, but most do not have them.

Stealth CD/DVD covers The window from the inside of the case.
Above you can see the stealth bay covers in action, and the inside view of the window.

Inside the case, things are rather roomy, and drive bays are plentiful. I doubt anyone will use them all, but there are five 3.5" hidden bays, just waiting to hold your hard drives. The case has four 5.25" bays to hold cd-roms, dvd-roms, or whatever you please. The case also has a 3.5" bay for a floppy drive, with the stealh job built into the case. For those of you that don't use a floppy drive, the bay cover is removeable.

Xoxide also allows you to add some extras to your case, including: psus, lighting, fans, or appliques (The Xoxide applique in my pictures is not included). Xoxide was nice enough to send me a green cold cathode to go along with the case, which can be added for $15.99.

Everything included. Here it is lit up... it's very bright.
The Cold Cathode is almost a necessary upgrade when you get a case with a window.

Case Information:

Motherboard Type: ATX, Extended ATX , AMD, Pentium III & IV
Construction: Steel with Heavy Chrome Coating on the Front Panel
Cooling Fans (Not included): One rear 80mm, one front 60mm
Hard Drive & Power LEDS: Included
Total Bays: 9
External Bays Available: 4 x 5.25" and 1 x 3.5"
Internal (Hidden) Bays Available: 5 x 3.5"
Carton Box Dimension: (L x W x H): 500mm x 225mm x 450mm
Actual Dimension (L x W x H): 475mm x 200mm x 425mm
Number of slots: 7
Weight: 20LBS with No Power Supply

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