Aerocool iCurve Plus Mid Tower

overviewMany of us want a really good looking case that can properly house our components and keep cool and running well. A lot of time you don’t need to pay so much to get this. Aerocool believes this as well. And with the whole money saving concept upon most of us comes the iCurve Plus. A mid size case with a fascinating look and features the average joe would love. Get ready to take a look at the iCurve.

 

 

 

Introduction

If you were to visit any large hardware forum and click on the case subforum you will find many threads on cases made by companies like Coolermaster, Lian Li and Silverstone. These are the elite of case manufacturing and really are worth their asking price…well in most cases. But how many of us would want to pay $150 for case when that is half of the purchase price of the components inside?

Many of us want a really good looking case that can properly house our components and keep cool and running well. A lot of time you don’t need to pay so much to get this. Aerocool believes this as well. And with the whole money saving concept upon most of us comes the iCurve Plus. A mid size case with a fascinating look and features the average joe would love. Get ready to take a look at the iCurve.

 

Packaging and contents

The front and the back of the black box displays large images of the iCurve in black and in silver. Yes, these are the only two colors the case comes in. The sides are where all the features and specifications are listed.

Specifications

Chassis

Case Type :

Mid-Tower

Material :

0.6mm SECC

Chassis Dimensions :

440(H) x 200(W) x 430(D)

Motherboards :

ATX & Micro ATX

Drive Bays :

4 x 5.25″ (External)
1×3.5″ (External)
5x HDD (Internal)

Top I/O Port :

2 x USB2.0
Earphone / Mic

Slots :

7

Cooling System :

Front :

120 mm fan

fan Speed :

1200 RPM

Air Flow :

62 CFM (MAX)

Noise :

25 dB (A)

Rear :

120mm fan

fan Speed :

1200 RPM

Air Flow :

62 CFM (MAX)

Noise :

25 dB (A)

Features

Elegant sand-blast effect on 2.5mm thick aluminum plate with sligtly curved top

Vent holes on two sides of the front bezel provide excellent air flow

Can install up to 1x12cm fan at rear, 1x12cm fan at front and 2x12cm fan at side panel (optional)

Diamond-cut finishing around the LCD and touch buttons

Color LCD monitors and controls 3 sets of fan speed and temperature

Touch button technology for power and reset with lock function to avoid careless mis-touch 

USB / Audio / Mic

High end chassis with the HDD cage rotated 90 degrees for easy installation

Screwless chassis – All screwless options are included for 5 1/4″ devices, 3 1/2″ devices and HDDs 

 

Closer look at the outside

The overall look of the iCurve is really clean and welldesigned. There is no flash, bling or flare about it. This is a case that even your mother would love. The unit we received was solid black which was not shiny at all. If you want another color the only option is silver. And if you are worried about the construction of the case, it is light and made mostly of .6mm SECC metal. The case stands about sixteen inches tall and should not have any conflicts with fitting under a desktop or inside a cabinet.

If you are a media nut or like to have tons of front panel devices, the iCurve should suffice as it has four external 5.25” and a single 3.5” bay. The more interesting part of the front is underneath the bays in terms of connections, buttons and a LED display. Yes, I said ‘LED display’! Besides the usual USB and audio plugs there is a small display that shows fan speed and temps.

The main part of the name comes from the aluminum from plate that curves at the top. The plus part comes from the fact there are two models of this case with one having more options. One main option is the front display.

The buttons on the iCurve are touch sensitive. This is something we have seen on the Bgear b-Envi.

The sides of the case don’t have a lot going on but if there was one thing to get excited about back there it is the room for two 120mm fans to be installed. These fans are not included, so be prepared to fork out about $10-15 for two more fan if you need the extra cooling.

The rear of the case is about as exciting as the sides. I really don’t think you can add much to the rear of a case to get anyone worked up about it. But to dig for something there is a 120mm fan mounted here as well.

 

Closer look at the inside

The obvious sign of this case being made of metal is from taking a look at the inside. Besides being constructed of metal the inside is neatly arranged with very few distractions. Along with the external bays there are five internal HDD bays to utilize. The bays are turned towards the side panel for east access.

The iCurve will house mATX and standard ATX motherboards as well as any size power supply.

No thinking is required to mount any drive in this case as special braces are used which we will get in details about later. In front of the HDD bay an 120mm fan is mounted.

Here we have the rear of the case from the inside. Included is a 120mm fan like the one up front, which is rated at 25dBA while spinning at 1200RPM.

This bridge and sensors are what is used to give the front display the necessary data.

 

Installation

Installing the components into the iCurve was very uneventful as no bruises or cuts happened. Anyone using an 8800GTX or similar size video card may have some issues as the card barely fits. In some cases a similar sized card may not fit depending on the placement of the power plugs on the video card. If our plugs are on the end of the card facing toward the end of the card you will be flat out of luck. If the power plugs extends off to the side of the card you will just miss the HDD cage.

Here we have the CDrom brackets in use. Once the drive is in place line up the plastic bracket and a quarter turn of the lever is all it takes. And for the HDD, plastic mounts are used as well.

Lights please.

 

Conclusion

 If you are in the market for a smaller mid sized case with good aesthetics then take a look at the iCurve. The fine lines and curved front facia will be admired by any member of the family from wife to child. It’s hard to find a case with good looks for a moderate price but we do have one in the iCurve as it retails for $90 and $110 for the Plus model.

The absolute selling point of the iCurve is the LED display upfront. Even if you can’t control the fans from the display, it is nice to be able to know what is going on inside the PC. The touch sensitive buttons are what every case needs nowadays. It keeps the front bezel clean and free of ugly power buttons.

I do like the case quite a bit but I don’t think it makes sense for an all-out gaming system. This is primarily due to its’ issues holding larger video cards. I know a lot of people that run two rigs, one for gaming and other one for everyday use. The iCurve would fit into their everyday use category.

 


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