with all supplied parts.
The exterior of this
case is very sleek and attractive. Aside from the
mirror strip and the sound selector buttons, the case
is completely black.
Ah, gotta love how the door hides those mis-matched
5.25" bay devices,
3.25" bay devices, and power buttons for hard
drives #2 & #3 are hidden behind the X-21's door
panel The front of the door contains the thermometer
readout (Celsius readings only, sorry America) which
is hidden by half see-through glass. The door quality
feels mediocre when opened, it is rather light and
can shake slightly vertically on the hinges. One problem
lies inside this design, when opening and closing
the door the cord for the temperature probe is moved,
causing the probe to move around if not properly secured.
The wire sometimes also causes a very quiet and slight
Cases with doors always benefit those of us who have
CD-ROM drives that don't match the case.
The inside of the door
is slightly embossed, which may allow users to have
a baybus or other accessory in an open bay (assuming
any knobs or switches you have are very small). The
door closes magnetically, with a magnet a few inches
to the left of the second and third hard drive power
buttons. The door magnet is in the lower right corner
(if viewed from open position). Both magnets are somewhat
powerful, and able to hold a small screwdriver.
After extended use,
we started to notice a problem with the door panel.
Because the door can be moved a small amount in every
direction while on the hinges, the door will occasionally
hit into the bottom of the case and does not close.
Small marks are also present from the door rubbing
on the lower part of the case. We found if you lift
the door slightly while closing you can avoid both
of these situations.
A lot of wires fit in-between the front panel and
case chassis, which blocks some airflow.
The side panels are
100% solid, having no holes or any other type of vent.
This feature cuts down on noise escaping from the
case, but leaves all the cooling power up to the front
and rear air vents. In the rear are two fairly unrestrictive
fan grills. Most cases that take a stylish approach
have seen all have the same major weakness, front
cooling. Like many others, the X-21 Trinity does not
have a spot for air to enter from the front. Unless
you can count the measly gap on the bottom of the
case, there is nowhere for air to enter from. The
gap is also blocked by the tangle of wires that are
in-between the chassis and the front panel which lead
to the front power buttons and sound selector / USB
We won't count on the tiny piece on the right hand
side of the case to protect our system. If anyone
really wanted something out of the PC they could get
The rear of the case
is no different than any other. The only minor differences
are four thumbscrews (two for each side panel), and
the small lock mount on the right side. Good if you
don't want people opening your case, but if someone
really wants in your case do not count on it as any