The Aurora R4 shares a similar case design to the models we have previously used and while Alienware like to call it Industrial we feel it is more like an art deco train in design. At the front of the case the alien head logo serves two purposes, the first is to release the optical drive cover which slides slowly down to reveal, on this sample, a DVD-RW drive and memory card reader. The second head function is to indicate that the power is on through the outline and eyes glowing.
The top edge of the Aurora R4 case is split into seven sections. The one closest to the rear is used as a release mechanism for the side panels. The next five are vents which open automatically when the power is turned on and can be controlled by the Alienware software. The last section, at the front of the chassis opens manually to reveal our USB connectors and 3.5mm audio in/out. It is also possible to see the silver power button just above these ports.
The side view of the case allows us to clearly see the light up section of the chassis. The strip of lighting extends the entire length of the side, across the bottom of the front and round to an identical panel on the opposite side… more on those lights later.
Round at the back of the system we have a reasonably standard layout. At the left are our connectors which start with optical and coaxial audio at the top, running down through 4x USB 2.0, GB LAN, USB 3.0 to 3.5mm audio. A 12cm exhaust sits to the right of these and beneath them our PCIe slots with two filled by our graphics card (Dual DVI and mini HDMI). At the base of the system is our PSU.
Flipping the system on its side we can see that the base is a solid panel with four feet present.
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