Apevia X-Qboii Mini Tower

overviewFinding the right case to suit the desires of the lady of the house can be a difficult process. Well, I know it is when it comes to mine. When it comes to looking for a case it is more like hunting for that perfect outfit to wear to work. Apevia reckon they may just have that perfect outfit for her next computer build. The X-Qboii is a short case in stature but is large in style and looks. The great looks begin with a brushed aluminum covering that is guaranteed to please almost everyone. Is the X-Qboii capable of knocking us off our feet with other wonderful features? Read on.

 

 

 

Introduction

How big a case do you need when all you have to house is a mATX motherboard, a graphic card and a couple of drives? The answer is a very small one. I have built many systems for people who need the bare minimum in a case but also want the case to be small and good looking. Aesthetics are a primary concern for a lot of people especially when it comes to building a computer for their living room or for the lady of the house.

Finding the right case to suit the desires of the lady of the house can be a difficult process. Well, I know it is when it comes to mine. When it comes to looking for a case it is more like hunting for that perfect outfit to wear to work. Apevia reckon they may just have that perfect outfit for her next computer build. The X-Qboii is a short case in stature but is large in style and looks. The great looks begin with a brushed aluminum covering that is guaranteed to please almost everyone. Is the X-Qboii capable of knocking us off our feet with other wonderful features? Read on.

What Apevia says about the X-Qboii

Being a pioneer in the computer gaming market Apevia feels that it is its responsibility to introduce a stand-alone Micro ATX case with the added flair of an acrylic side-window, as most cases in this category are rather “plain”. With this in mind, our design team made sure that this Micro ATX case will also allow for installation of a standard ATX power supply for those who require maximum power. The X-Qboii offers ample cooling for its size and as with all of our cases, unmatched style. Our new X-Qboii chassis is available in two characters: with either a large see-through acrylic window, or a solid side-panel. The X-Qboii features the best cooling among similar Micro ATX chassis in the market (up to 4 case fans may be installed), a standard sized ATX 500W power supply, side-window (if you choose), tool free installation, and front accessible USB, firewire and HD audio ports. Adding an aesthetic brushed aluminum face plate makes the X-Qboii beyond compare. It is compact, chic, and rock solid with superior functionally. Available now in five colors: black, silver, blue, green, or red (windowed version), and black or silver (non-windowed version).

 

Packaging and contents

The X-Qboii comes in a rather soft colored box that says this case is aimed at individuals who want to remain individuals. Apevia is notorious for releasing cases in several different colors and with or without windows. On one side of the box you get an idea of what you would get in a window version and on the backside you get an idea of what the windowless one would look like.

The entire front is protected with a plastic sleeve as you can see here. It took some time to get it all removed as there were some smaller individual pieces.

Specifications

Model No.

X-QBOII-BL/500 

Case Material

Metal SECC; Front panel:Aluminum/ABS

Color

Blue

Main Board

Standard Micro ATX / Baby AT

Window

Yes

Power Supply

ATX 500W power supply                                                -1*120mm built-in UV blue fan w/o LED light
-Wire management:all wires are sleeved
-Standard size:150 x 145 x 86 mm (W x L x H)

Power Supply Spec.

AC INPUT

115V/230V – 60/50Hz

DC OUTPUT

+3.3V

+5V

+12V1

+12V2

-12V

-5V

+5VSB

500W

Max
Combined
Watts

25A

30A

16A

18A

0.6A

0.6A

2.6A

500W

Power Supply Connectors

  • 1 x 24pin Main Power (20 + 4 pin)
  • 1 x 12V (P4)
  • 6 x Peripheral
  • 2 x Floppy
  • 2 x SATA
  • 1 x PCI Express

Drive Space

2×5.25″ / 2×3.5″ / 2×3.5″ (hidden)

Motherboard Size

up to 9.6″ x 9.6″

Expansion Slots

4

Front Panel Switch

Power / Reset

Front Access Ports

2 x USB 2.0, 2 x HD Audio, 1 x Firewire

Cooling Fan Space

Up to 4 x case fans:
1 x 120mm blue uv LED fan – side window (included)
1 x 120mm fan – rear (optional) 
2 x 80mm fan – rear (optional)

Front Thermometer

N/A

Front Fan Controller

N/A

Led Display

Power / HDD

Shipping Weight

13 lbs

Dimensions(DxWxH)

16.35″ x 7″ x 15.25″

Cu’ft

1.95 (Container: 20′-530 units, 40′-1060 units, 40’HQ-1210 units)

Features

·  Easy installation-tool free design

·  Large see-through side window panel
·  Fits standard ATX power supply:500W power supply included

·  Great airflow: 1 x 120mm LED fan at side panel 

·  Additional cooling:1 x 120mm fan at front, 2 x 80mm at rear(optional)

·  Front USB2.0, Firewire and HD audio ports
·  NVIDIA 8800GTX compatible

·  6 x drive bays and 4 expansion slots

·  Main Board: Micro ATX, Baby AT

·  Easy removable side panel w/ thumb screws

·  Roomy w/ folded edges for safe easy assembly

 

Closer look at the outside

Apevia describes the X-Qboii as the micro ATX case that we all want with its unique style and ability to accommodate a standard ATX power supply. After looking the case over, I don’t know if the X-Qboii is the case for everyone, but Apevia are right that the case has a style all its own and it can house a standard size power supply, as a matter of fact it comes with one. At a max of 500 watts the power supply is capable of handling most of the components you would throw into a micro system including a mid to high-end video card.

The unit we received was completely painted in black with a blue aluminum front panel. Except for the front bezel the case is made of very sturdy SECC metal. If I had to guess the metal is about 0.6mm think which is pretty common when it comes to a lot of cases on the market. The front of the X-Qboii is, for the lack of a better word, sweet. The blue aluminum is bright and vivid, and easy to scratch if it is rubbed up against something hard. Because this is a micro ATX case there are not a lot of drive bays to employ. There are two of each 3.5 and 5.25 drive bays. The bay covers are black which makes the blue stand out even more. A nice addition to the case would be if Apevia had used its own CD Rom stealthing doors.

Underneath the 5.25” bays are inputs for USB, audio and firewire. I can’t believe companies are still leaving off the eSATA connections. I guess it does keeps prices down. Power and reset buttons lie to the left of the 3.5” bays.

The right side of the X-Qboii is the side that has the most going on. A large Perspex window has been mounted on this side. The window is neither square or rectangular but a rather unique shape that is large enough to show off a lot of the inside of the case.  The placement of the window on this side is a sign that the motherboard is mounting on the left side. Which, in turn, means that the motherboard will be mounted upside down, with the CPU socket at the bottom rather than the top. Let’s not forget the 120mm blue UV fan.

In this image you can see the two open spaces where two 80mm fans can be mounted. These fans are missing from the case bundle. I am assuming this is to keep the price of the case to a minimum. It also means that if you want great airflow from this case be prepared to put up a few more bucks.

 

Closer look inside

When I first opened the case from the side there was more space that I could imagine. I guess I was deceived by the outside. I think a lot of the space comes from the gap between the two drive bays.

There are two additional internal HDD bays at the bottom of the case. I found out that using these two bays was a lot easier than using the two at top when mounting hard drives. The top ones were a tight fit for my Seagate drive, a little force was needed to slide them in. Check out the installation section to see images of the drive mounting process.

Another fan opening is available in the front of the case as well. Once again this is made to fit 80mm fans.

Looking at the rear of the case the first thing that catches your eye is the black 500 watt power supply. It’s a nice thing to see companies putting power supplies in quality cases first. 500 watts would be a little lacking in a lot of the computer builds we do around the lab here. But for someone building a SFF, HTPC and workstations 500 watt should be adequate.

I really like the fact that Apevia make it possible to add more cooling options. But making it only 80mm limits your choice of fans to use. It also requires a fair amount of time to research and find 80mm fans quiet enough to satisfy the needs of a quiet-monger and still move a decent amount of air. But then again large fan options mean a wider case and keeping size to a minimum is what the X-Qboii is all about.

 

Here is the location of the only fan packaged in the box. It is located on the side panel.

 

Installing

We begun the build using the only mATX board I had around the lab which was a ECS PM800. Here is where we realized the true size of the X-Qboii, even a board as small as this one has to be slid in at an angle to go in. not a problem at all just stating how small the case is.

When installing the hard drive into the bottom bays, you must use these brackets to secure the drive into place. No screws needed.

The rest of the build went pretty well.

 

Conclusion

Besides the size of the X-Qboii what really amazed is the style that it has. You really need to see this case up close to appreciate the quality of the front bezel. This is the first case of this type (mATX) in a long time that I can say I like. When it comes to smaller cases I am more of the Q-Pack fan but the X-Qboii kind of changed that. The bright blue facial is absolutely beautiful. Pure class.

Now for the inside. The arrangement is pretty classic and well used. The tool-less arrangement comes in handy when it is time to put the unit together. The upper 3.5” bays are placed right where the SATA connections on a motherboard would be so hiding cabling is made easy. They are a little snug so it takes some work to get the hard drive in. Some may want to use the bottom bays instead.

Cooling is something that can be worked on depending on how you look at it. There is only one fan included in the box and it is attached to the side panel. There are several empty spots in the rear and front of the case but these are for 80mm fans. Some would prefer larger 120mm openings but that would mean the case would be about one inch wider.

This is worthy of being looked at by anyone wanting to build a simple rig with a stylish look. It is worth spending your well earned money on which would be about $75 from Newegg. Oh and before I forget you get a 500 watt power supply with that $75. Not bad at all, for an Aluminum bezel, reasonable cooling, and some good juice in a single package.

 


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