The Front and Top Panels
The Aerocool Cylon Case is a mid-tower case with RGB LEDs on the front panel, card reader and full acrylic left panel. Let's check it out!
The Cylon comes only in black. Its highlight is the stripe with RGB LEDs on the front panel, which may be programmed with seven colors or six RGB "flow" modes.
Figures 1 and 2 show the case. The left panel is a single acrylic panel, and the right panel is solid.
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Figure 1: Aerocool Cylon case
Figure 2: Aerocool Cylon case
Let’s take a closer look at the case in the next pages.
The front panel of the Aerocool Cylon is solid, with a translucent diagonal stripe with RGB LEDs.
Figure 3: front panel
Removing the front panel (just pull it) you see the metallic panel where you can install up to three 120 fans. There is no air filter here. You can install a radiator up to 240 mm.
Figure 4: front panel removed
The top panel has a mesh area in the rear, and the panel with buttons and connectors on the front.
Figure 5: top panel
The mesh area is protected by a filter, held in place with a magnet stripe. Figure 6 shows this opening without the filter. You can install a 120 mm fan here, or a 140 mm slim fan.
Figure 6: top panel
On the front of the top panel is the area with the power button, earphone and microphone connectors, two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0 port, reset button, HDD activity and power LEDs, and SD and Micro SD card reader. The button next to the front edge controls the frontal RGB LEDs, changing colors and patterns.
Figure 7: connectors and buttons
The bottom panel of the Aerocool Cylon has two openings, one under the HDD bays and one for the power supply, this one with air filter.
Figure 8: bottom panel
The rear panel of the Aerocool Cylon is painted in black. The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case.
The product comes with a 120 mm fan installed on its rear panel (1.92 W, no more info available.) There are no openings for external liquid cooling system hoses.
This case comes with seven expansion slots, one with a reusable cover and the others with covers that must be broken to use.
Figure 9: rear panel
Let’s now take a look inside the Aerocool Cylon.
The left panel, in acrylic, is held by four thumbscrews. The right panel is held with two thumbscrews.
The motherboard tray has a huge cutout for you to access the backplate of the CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard from the case, and holes for you to route cables behind it. There is a 0.6 inch (15 mm) clearance between the tray and the right panel to organize the cables.
The case supports ATX and smaller form factor motherboards.
There is a cover for the power supply compartment, with an opening that allows you to see the power supply. Over this cover, there is room for two 120 mm fans.
Figure 10: overall look
Figure 11: a view behind the motherboard tray
In Figure 14, we have another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are held with regular screws.
The Cylon supports video cards up to 14.6” (371 mm) long. You can install CPU coolers up to 6.1” (155 mm) tall.
Figure 12: overall look
The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case, in an space apart from the motherboard area. It can be installed with its bottom fan facing up or down. As shown before, there is an air filter for the power supply fan.
You will be able to fit power supplies up to 7.1” (180 mm) deep.
Figure 13: power supply compartment
The Aerocool Cylon has two internal 3.5” bays (that can also fit 2.5” devices) and two internal 2.5” bays.
Figure 14 shows one 2.5” bay, located behind the motherboard tray.
Figure 14: 2.5” bay
In Figure 15 you see two 3.5” (or 2.5”) bays located on the power supply compartment.
Figure 15: 3.5”/2.5” bays
Figure 16 unveils the other 2.5” bay, located on the front area of the motherboard tray.Figure 16: 2.5” bay
Figure 17 shows a complete PC built on the Aerocool Cylon.
Figure 17: built system
Figure 18 shows the system on, with the front LED stripe on the "flow" mode.
Figure 18: lights on
The only highlights of the Aerocool Cylon are its front panel with RGB LED stripe, and the card reader. Besides that, it is an average case, similar to cheaper models.
So, the Cylon is a good choice only if you falled in love on its looks with RGB LEDs. If it is not you case, there are better models that cost the same, or even less.
- Front panel with RGB light
- Air filter for the power supply
- Comes with card reader
- Non-reusable expansion slot covers
- No air filter on the front panel
- Only two 2.5” and two 3.5” bays
- Only one USB 3.0 port
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