Apevia X-Telstar Steel Mid-tower Case
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-24-2008
Provided by: Apevia
A Closer Look

This particular model of the X-Telstar is made of steel and is green and black. I really didn't think that I would like the green when looking at it on the Apevia website (my wife chose it, and what could I say... I've been a reviewer for five years and I think that it was the first time she ever actually had a positive comment on any computer hardware), but I liked it as soon as I opened the box. The green part of the bezel is actually anodized aluminum, and the black is polystryene that is raised above the aluminum. It gives a 3D look to the curved lines - kind of a yin-yang theme.

On the stealth door is a chrome Apevia logo, with a bowl-shaped chrome recess, which adds to the 3D thing that is going on. Behind the logo is a blue LED. Also on the door is the red HDD LED and a blue power LED. Apevia tends to have lots of lighting on the front of their cases. On the lower part of the bezel are the audio jacks, two USB ports, an IEEE 1394 port, a fan controller and a round LCD screen.

Opening the stealth door, we see five optical drive bays and a floppy bay. Also behind the door are chrome I/O and reset switches.

The door hinges are metal, which is pretty cool, though I don't complain about plastic hinges, and I've never had one break. The hinges actually look like something you'd pick up in a hardware store. Notice the sleeving on the wires going into the door. I have had more expensive cases that had exposed wires instead of sleeving.

This particular model of X-Telstar has a side window. They made one without a window that has a 250mm fan instead. The window model has a UV reactive 120mm fan. The shape of the window is something a little different in a pre-mod case.

The fan opening is a series of wide slots which themselves probably wouldn't contribute to much fan noise, but the modder's mesh behind them probably would if the fan is run at full speed.

The rear of the case is pretty insignificant, excepting the nice large mesh perforations for the fan. There are also perforations in the PCI area.

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