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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [08.31.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Aspire USA

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Also providing light is the customized power supply which is one of the main events when looking at the X-Superalien. The 500 watt behemoth is half blue anodized aluminum and half clear acrylic with plenty of multicolored anodizing fun on the PSU internals.

Another two 80mm blue LED fans are housed in the PSU which are controlled by their own rheostat mounted beside the large green power switch.

If you have a UV cold cathode, you'll love the green mesh that the ATX power cable is wrapped in as well as the molexes, which are all a UV reactive green.

Aspire has included much of what we've come to expect in PC enclosures as well as a couple things that we don't.

Drive rails: check.
Motherboard tray: check.
Rheobus: check.
Temp Sensors: check.

The PSU is a wonder in itself. It looks great and again, attention to detail. Everything is colored and easily seen through the clear acrylic. I haven't spent enough time with it to tell you about it's reliablily compared to other quality power supplies but a 500W power supply with aesthetics like this included in a aluminum case is simply a steal at the apporximate $180 (shipping included) retail price, which is around the same price of a Thermaltake Xaser III that DOESN'T include a power supply. Xoxide carries this case for around $140 plus shipping.

The looks, as with the Thermaltake Xaser series, are an acquired taste. It is definetely going to turn off the conservative group while fans of flashiness are going to love it. Those who hate pre-modded cases are not going to be convinced otherwise by the X-Superalien. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the looks but it does grow on me. The PSU and fans look great but if aliens overlords do invade, they're not going to like how I don't enjoy seeing their mug all the time. The blue glow of the fans would be better matched on a orange paint job as well...hint hint.

There are so many reasons to love the X-Superalien but there are a few flaws here and there. For one thing, our particular case arrived with the door hinge defective. It's not a huge deal but my Thermaltake cases have always been of extremely high quality when we're talking about fit and finish.

While I'm not going to give the X-Superalien an award, it is still a great case. The lightweight aluminum chassis, the clear PSU and the out-of-the-box lighting are sure to be a hit at LAN parties.

  • looks cool
  • nice paint job in a variety of colors
  • great drive rails, racks and mobo tray
  • FIVE 5.25" external drive bays
  • lots of airflow and lighting
  • competitive price, especially with a nice 500W PSU

  • the cool looks aren't going to appeal to everyone
  • fit and finish are short of spectacular
  • no fan filters
  • the mobo tray design could've been better

Final Score: 85%