Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-22-2009
Provided by: Apevia

The X-Dreamer 3 is available with or without side panel window and basically three different color choices, black, silver or pink. The black also offers three different LED and trim color options: blue, red or green, while the silver and pink only come with the blue. This gives a wide assortment to choose from. The one we have for review today is the pink with blue lighting.

The case arrives well protected in a sturdy box with Styrofoam caps and plastic sheeting protecting the front and side panel acrylic. Once removing all the packing material I was really surprised by how light the X-Dreamer 3 felt. Throwing it on the scale revealed this mid-tower case weighed in at just under 12 pounds! That's less than many micro-ATX cases. Dimensions of the case measure roughly 19" long x 7" wide x 16" tall.

Like the original X-Dreamer and X-Dreamer 2, the X-Dreamer 3 offers an acrylic-covered front panel and side panel window option. Four external 5" drive bays and a single 3" allow a multitude of drive options, with the top two slots featuring stealth, fold-down covers for optical drives. An eSATA port, two USB ports and headphone/microphone jack take up the space normally reserved for a second 3" drive. The round-shaped section at the bottom of the bezel features an LCD temperature readout along with power and hard drive activity LEDs and a light-up Apevia logo. The power and reset switch are incorporated into the trim ring around the LCD screen. The side window is huge, taking up nearly the entire dimensions of the panel, with a 120mm LED fan mounted at a 45 angle behind slots cut in the acrylic.

The rear of the case reveals the standard ATX format, with seven expansion slots, 120mm exhaust fan outlet and top-mounted power supply opening. The back side of the case is the standard plain metal panel. Since there are no vents on the front of the case, all intake air must come through the small cutout in the bottom of the bezel. Although there are four rubber pedestal feet on the bottom, this opening could easily be blocked if setting the case on plush carpet. The finish on all painted panels is very smooth and glossy, and the inclusion of the acrylic cover on the front plastic bezel gives it a matching high gloss look.

Continue on to the inside of the case.

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