A+ XBlade – Full Tower Case Review - A+ XBlade Review


Fitting a motherboard to the XBlade is very easy since there’s plenty of room inside. There’s even an optional BTX conversion kit if the BTX standard actually becomes available to end users any day soon. It’s also easy to fit the PSU and the Xblade can even accomodate a redundant PSU by removing a small metal plate.

The rear of the Xblade can also house a 120mm fan and again it is mounted with the help of plastic pins that are fitted into rubber grommets. Fitting expansion cards is also relatively simple, since there are plastic latches to lock the cards in place. The only problem here is that it is sometimes hard to fit the cards in the space between the latches. If you’re using a card that needs two brackets this won’t fit, but luckily you can remove the whole card retention mechanism and use screws instead. To further help hold the cards in place a large metal swing door can be fitted in side of the case. This in turn has little plastic card retainers, but these are only really useful for very large cards.

The sides of the Xblade have massive air vents, which are fitted with dust filters. However, these don’t cover the entire size of the vents, so dust can still make its way in. For those into case modding and more importantly adding lights to their PC, the XBlade comes pre-fitted with a fair few blue LEDs. Inside each of the front sides are blue LED strip lights – these can be switched off with a power switch neatly hidden behind the right hand side aluminium profile. The bottom of the Xblade has also been fitted with a set of blue LEDs and these can be set to “move”. The speed of the lights can be adjusted via a small knob inside the case. To add extra support you can extend four feet that are fitted to the base.

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