DimasTech EasyXL Test/Bench Table Review
As an enthusiast tech/PC user the chances are that component changes are a regular occurrence, even more so for those who spend considerable time/effort overclocking. The same can be said of people like us, reviewers. Rarely does a day go by when a system isn’t being changed in some way… if not almost completely. Take our recent Z97 roundup as an example, four builds in a couple of days just for one bit of content.
For anyone, like enthusiast overclockers or reviewers… really any people who need to regularly and quickly change components DimasTech have created a selection of “test benches”. Essentially a replacement for a traditional chassis they allow easy access to all the key components while also providing an area for the more static items and wiring. Today we take a look at their EasyXL Test/Bench table.
Packaging and Bundle
There is nothing flashy about the DimasTech box… and there doesn’t need to be. This is a box all about getting our new bench to us in perfect condition. To make sure this happens DimasTech use polystyrene blocks inside and many of our components are in their own cut out areas with the main bench beneath.
What are the main items? PCIe bracket, tubing holes, fan mounts/arms, screws, anti-vibration drive mounts, documentation and switches. Speaking of those switches, they are pretty impressive LED models with nice braided cables.
DimasTech offer various different sizes of bench/test tables from the compact nano/mini editions right up to the likes of EasyXL which we are looking at today. Essentially they offer similar functionality, just more off it in the larger versions while offering support for larger components also.
The EasyXL is available in Black (shown), blue, white, metallic grey, yellow and red thought it should be noted that some of the parts on each of the colours, for example the PCIe bracket, are always black. This model is 480x490x205mm and uses CNC laser cut SECC sheets with a thickness of 1.5mm, all of which is hand welded before the power/dust painting process. (Made in Italy).
For board support the EasyXL can handle Mini-ITX up to EATX/XL ATX and the motherboard surface features plenty of tubing/wiring cut-outs as well as one for the CPU backplate.
Looking down to the front surface of the EasyXl we find the model name and our holes for the power/reset buttons. These sit above the 5.25″ bays of which there are three. Further along are four 3.5″ bays and this caddy, like the 5.25″ is removable. Above the drive bays are holes for the optional I/O panel which features eSATA, 2x USB 3.0 and 2x 3.5mm audio ports.
On the base of our test bench are screws which hold the modular sections in place and around the sides are four rubber feet. Finally for this section we have the two fan brackets. The arms for these are flexible and we can install a 12cm fan in each, then position in an area above the component of our choosing.
There are two steps which start our build on the EasyXL, first is the installation of the motherboard stand-offs appropriate for our build. The next is the addition of the PCIe bracket (10slot). The stand-offs screw in without the need for any tool, as does the bracket and it can be positioned across a few cm of tray to maximise compatibility.
Past that it is all about what we want to do with our build. The one omission we found is that there is no 2.5″ compatibility by default. For that we need to purchase a 2.5″ to 3.5″ adapter or… make use of the mount used for watercooling pumps as shown above. This allows 2 screws on one drive through complete chance. We also found that switching the PSU mount and the pump mount round offers a better configuration than the standard. Shown above we have the PSU mounted on the right, SSD/pump mount on the left. This is better than the standard config (PSU left, SSD right) as the PSU would normally sit directly underneath the CPU backplate cut-out making cooler changes awkward. With our config there is far better access. Speaking of PSUs, models up to 22cm long are supported, including the latest AX1500i from Corsair which is shown above.
The EasyXL also has support for liquid cooling on either side of the table with DimasTech listing the following compatibility: 420×2 (Fans 140mmx3) – Radiators 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420, Black Ice Sr 360 and Black Ice Sr 420 (20mm fan space).
Those radiators should mostly install without issue, internally, due to the fact that we would be cutting tubing to our own specifications. What about pre-built coolers like the Antec Kuhler 1250? It fits… just… but we did need to mount it on the outside of the chassis. Chances are that 12cm factory sealed units would fit more nicely as we would use the 2nd 12cm location and position the radiator so the pipes were at the top, maximising the tubing reach.
Shown above are a few of the builds we have worked on in the last few weeks using the EasyXL. How did we find it? Well overall it was simple to use and tool-less which is a bonus. The documentation could be a little more in depth but considering this is aimed at enthusiasts/professionals there shouldn’t be too much of an issue. The table itself is very sturdy and really feels like it could take a lot of punishment so should last a considerable time and the high quality can be seen right down to the buttons used which are lovely and the paint finish which was flawless.
Could the EasyXL be improved? Sure. We would mount the PSU away from the CPU as standard, provide some 2.5″ mounts too… and maybe bundle stand-offs that don’t require screws also. The thumbscrews used by DimasTech are good quality but it does add time to have to screw them all in for each build when a stand-off which we rest our board on would be better. (It is possible to buy alternate stand-offs from DimasTech.)
Really though those are minor issues and in our time testing it the EasyXL was able to handle everything we threw at it. The largest, highest wattage PSUs, watercooling, plenty of expansion cards, high end motherboards, factory sealed cooling which shouldn’t work and even crazy stuff like hanging our R9-295X2 radiator over the test bench.
Hugely flexible and well-built with a decent RRP of €179. A well rounded and easy to use product.
|Where to buy…|
|DimasTech Shop – €179|