Win” are a new name to us as we have never
seen, or reviewed one of their products in the
past. They recently emailed us with some marketing
jargon for a new case which was more plastic than
metal and featured quite a few unusual features
such as an oval shape and a “one touch everything”
design so we decided to give the product a test.
In Win Alpha360 comes packaged in a standard retail
box, there is a decent product shot on the front
which gives a good idea of what the case looks
like. Along the sides of the box key features
and specifications are listed.
case itself is well packaged within the box and
there should be no scope for shipping damage.
After removing the protective material we find
the case is finished in metallic turquoise which
certainly stands out from the crowd. Looking down
on the top of the case we can also see that the
shape is oval rather than rectangle, it does look
very good. The main case material is steel on
the internals however the painted chassis is actually
plastic and helps keep the unit lightweight. In
Win claim a tool-less design in their marketing
material and the first glimpse of this occurs
with the opening of the front panel. Just press
the marked area and the panel springs open.
the spring loaded portion of the front panel we
find the cases connectivity options. They come
in the form of 1 firewire, 2xUSB 2.0, audio out
and mic in. The power button is not a standard
design and is feathertouch rather than requiring
a larger push. What isn’t easily noticeable
from the picture is the IR receiver on the front
of the case. If the motherboard being installed
has an IR jumper, this can be connected to take
away the need for an external receiver.
to the rear of the case we find another unique
feature, a removable panel which covers the less
attractive looking section of the PC. The full
panel can be removed with the press of a button
or alternatively each smaller section can be popped
remove the side of the case we remove the back
panel and press the black button just below the
PSU. The removal is very smooth and no sliding
or fidgeting with levers is required, a problem
which appears all too often on cases.
the side is removed we find a large black plastic
section. This is designed to assist with CPU cooling
and when installed with a traditional heatsink
will draw air down to the hole and on to the CPU.
The section is both movable (as shown in the 2nd
pic below) and removable if the install requires
a little more room or the CPU cooler isn’t
compatible. The HD bay is also moveable and with
the touch of a button it can be swivelled out
to make installation easier. Also noticeable on
the pictures below are the motherboard standoffs,
these are pre-moulded and remove the need for
manual installation, just lay the board in the
case and screw it on.
with all cases the Alpha360 comes with the standard
connectors for power, speaker and so on. There
is no reset connector though as the case doesn’t
have a reset button. Also included as standard
though is a 9CM rear fan to assist with case cooling.