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APEVIA X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • USB, IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 2 80mm Fans

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Remember when every computer case looked the same and was a color charitably called “putty”? Well, they're still available if you want them, but you can also get a gleaming mid-sized ATX-compatible tower with LED highlights and a plastic viewport into the guts. An optional 420 watt power supply gives you enough power to do more than just light the pretty lights, too, or . . . you can choose a power supply of your own. (Go take a look at that category after buying this!)

Ten drive bays and seven I/O slots give room for expansion, and a front panel LCD display tracks the internal temperature. A front panel fan controller gives you the cooling power when you need it, while keeping the fans quiet when the load is light. Two fans with LEDs keep everything cool while illuminating the interior, and if they're not quite enough, you can add up to two more fans. You can also access your Firewire (IEEE 1394) and your USB 2.0 ports from the front panel.

If you want a computer that is as much show piece as it is working tool, then perhaps this is just what you're looking for. Check it out and decide for yourself.

  • newegg Transparent Side Panel Window The Apevia X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK’s fantastic transparent side panel window provides a direct view of the inner system. An 80mm UV blue LED side fan improves interior airflow and looks simply amazing too.
  • newegg Excellent Expandability with 10 Drive Bays Featuring four 5.25" external drive bays, and six 3.5” drive bays (two external and four internal), the Apevia X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK provides excellent expandability.
  • newegg Front LCD Temperature Indicator The front LCD temperature indicator provides instant readouts, safeguarding your system and components from overheating.

Learn more about the APEVIA CORP. ATXB8KLW-BK

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the APEVIA CORP. ATXB8KLW-BK

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  • Peter C.
  • 2/12/2011 12:44:11 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWas good a couple years back

Pros: This case looks great. If you like blue lighting, this case is for you.

There's room for a ton of fans. I swapped out the 80mm fan on the back with a 120mm I converted from a junk PSU. With all of the fan slots filled, the computer idles at 20 degrees C. The case fans can also be adjusted but I decided not to bother with adjustable fans.

There is also a thermostat that tells you the temperature within the case. It can be configured to read out in Celsius or Fahrenheit via a switch.

Cons: This case is a pain to work with. Hard drives protrude slightly out of the back of their mounting rack to make room for the fans on the front of the case, causing the interior to be cramped. I installed a large video card, and the very end of the card is bent and sandwiched between two hard drives. Thankfully, I didn't even attempt a multi-videocard setup.

The case lacks a good amount of dust filters, and thus requires regular cleaning if you're concerned about heat and so on. If you're going to clean with compressed air, use a vacuum cleaner... unless you want to blast yourself with dust.

Other Thoughts: When I got the case, it was good-looking and was a nice desktop. However, I would not buy this case again. There have been better cases that have been released since, so I would recommend you go with something else unless gaming isn't your thing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/23/2011 10:27:35 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK!

Pros: Looks nice. Fan mounting is ok

Cons: I've had this case for almost 3 years. It felt cheap when i first got it but figured it wouldn't hurt. After the time of owning this case, the plastic is cracked on the face, the door has been glued back on, and the cheap thin aluminum has warped. I've had to install a retaining screw just to keep the motherboard tray in place. Air flow quality is absolute garbage. Sure i installed 2 fans in the front to bring air into the case but it was an absolute waste. The plastic in the front prevents any real airflow into the case. The front display with the temperature stopped working i forgot how long ago, and the fan control died not long after. This is the kind of quality i would expect of a case half the price.

Other Thoughts: Bite the bullet and spend a little more on a quality case. Dont make the mistake i did and go for looks alone.

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4 out of 5 eggslooks cool, feels cheap

Pros: plenty of inside space, cool looking design, plenty of room for cooling, back fan can be upgraded to 120mm, large window for viewing the inside of your computer

Cons: thin metal side panels, fans too small and fan wires are cheap, no instructions, online PDF isn't very detailed, fan controller is a joke (so far - I can't figure it out)

Other Thoughts: Has 2 built in LED fans, both are 80mm. I immediately took the back fan out, put it in the front, and put a 120mm fan in instead. The molex connectors from the fans and from the front panel power functions/LCD temp/LED lights are cheap as hell. I had to be careful plugging them into anything to ensure the pins were straight. There is plenty of room for drives, my microATX motherboard should fit in there plenty nice. The only other complaint I have is with the side panels, I was surprised at how thin and flimsy the were. The uncut metal side panel will push inward when you push it. I have a compaq kicking around here and the side panel is much, much heavier and solid.

Manufacturer Response:

To get the controller to control the fans, you should do the following:

1) Daisy-chain all the fans together (each fan has two connectors, a male and a female)
2) Find the male connector from the front panel (labeled "Input DC 12V") and connect it to the power supply
3) Find the female connector from the front panel (labeled "Output") and connect it to the male end of one of the fans

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/28/2010 7:44:06 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks nice, but that's about it.

Pros: -Removable motherboard tray
-Good amount of space to work with
-Great looks
-Thermometer in the front
-Fan Controller
-Removable expansion slots with screws

Cons: -Came with 2 weak 80mm fans
-Airflow is kinda bad out of the box, it's very hard to put in some front intake fans because there's barely any space left after installing your hard drives.
-Motherboard tray is flimsy, didn't really help much.
-Sharp edges, I cut myself 2 times while working with this case.
-Aluminum is weak, I have a few dents in the case somehow
-No real cable management behind motherboard tray
-Having to open the front of the case to reach the power button and DVD drive became annoying over time

Other Thoughts: I bought this case around 2 years ago, mostly because of the looks.

If I could go back 2 years, I would have put my $50 elsewhere for a simpler looking case with better airflow.
Price went up lately, I would spend it on a better case, like a Cooler Master HAF 932

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  • Mitchell R.
  • 9/30/2010 3:33:07 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat for first time builders

Pros: Great features for the price
Lots of expansion options
Decent Airflow
Managed to CRAM liquid cooling system in!
Fan controller
Nice "gamer" pc look.. or something like that

Cons: Front USB ports are upside down which led to others trying to force usb drives in and eventually breaking them.

LCD temperature screen connection wire was too short to reach board

Not enough room for larger graphics cards

No screw holes or mounts on the base of the case

There seems to be a space to squeeze a fan in the front of the case (with screw mounts and all), but the power button/lcd wiring makes that incredibly difficult

Other Thoughts: This case is absolutely fantastic for a first time builder.

I'd assume squeezing two graphics cards into this case would be quite cumbersome with the lack of cable management and how close all the hard drives are to that area.

Also if you dont have a modular power supply, it is most likely best that you keep the 2 5.25 drive bays at the top open and stuff all remaining wires into there with zip ties, otherwise this case is a cord nightmare and doesn't look very pretty from the side.

Its not the loudest case I've ever heard, but with all the fans on it can be a real distraction.

If youre looking to a build a very basic run of the mill pc, get a smaller case cause this one is loud and big. If youre looking to build a gaming rig, get a bigger case, cause this one will dissapoint in the graphics department.
This is perfect for the median level pc and people that arent ready to delve into $1000+ systems but want to tinker around a bit with building their own rig on the che

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  • Robert P.
  • 9/27/2010 11:18:16 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case/ One Suggestion...

Pros: I have used Apevia cases for years, and built two with this model. Great case, and double-so for the money. Mounted my Thermaltake 500W PS with no problems, easy access to mounting the Asus mobo, I didn't bother using the tray. AMD Dual Core CPU @ 2.8 GHz running 27-32°C - great! Quiet. Very elegant, modern front panel. Excellent airflow engineering. I will definitely use this case again in future builds.

Cons: Upper left accent light cover loose, broken holding hook. Easy fix, just used Ace Hardware plastic/fiberglass epoxy, in like cement now and can't tell at all. But there is one thing that really bugs me. HEY, LISTEN UP APEVIA, I have even told your order clerks when I order extra parts over the phone... man, you gotta' add about 8 inches to that temperature probe cable. Come on, guys, how much is that going to cost you? 8" of #6 wire? 2cents?? This is the second time that I had to cut the probe cable and splice in 8" to comfortable reach the CPU. As it is, you give us only enough to barely stretch to the mounting bracket and it is tight. It pulled out twice on me and I finally gave up and patched it. Works great now and I can hide the cable under the mainboard tray because I have enough cable length. I have had to do this twice on different builds now, both with these cases and the X-DreamerII cases, and enough is enough, right?

Other Thoughts: I have used the silver and the black and both are beautiful. I like this case as well as the X-Dreamer II which I have used several times. This particular case I got from a different source, but 100% of my buying is from the egg normally.

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  • Georginna Q.
  • 7/21/2010 12:03:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Awesome

Pros: Awesome setup for fans. I like the air slow this case is setup for a LOT. Has lots of room for expansion and has cool blue lights >< Everything worked right out of the box without a problem, and I didnt even have to change the temperature from C to F

Cons: The front panel is a little tricky to figure out and the whole motherboard panel concept is EVIL. Took me a while to figure out how the stupid panel goes back in. And to make things worse, my case didn't come with a manual to figure it out ><. Apevia does offer online manuals though.

Other Thoughts: Great case for the money.

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  • brian f.
  • 7/15/2010 4:24:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNICE!!

Pros: killer case!! plenty of room...lots of fan mounts. nice big case!! im happy with it

Cons: there wasnt any included paperwork descriptions or anything thats ok if you know what your doing. there wasnt enough mobo risers for my mobo. that ticked me off so order a couple extras when or if you buy this item

Other Thoughts: slowly piecing this monster first one that i have built so i went with this case and intel db55kg extreme mobo with an i7 860..700watt psu we will see .hope im not going to be disappointed

Manufacturer Response:

Below is a link to the online version of the user’s manual.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/7/2010 2:22:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsHoRRIBLE

Pros: looks good
LCD temperature
(barely) holds components

Cons: my dual HDD's stick out. this makes it IMPOSSIBLE to fit 11" video cards!!
i can barley fit my 4890 and 8800GT in here!!
CHEAP QUALITY-the USB on the front were placed upside down! WHY? im used to it being normal and upright! so i put it in the normal way and broke them! the two USB ports broke!
and the fan controler dont work. nor does the HDD lights!
and im 100% i plugged it in right!
the door is more annoying now because i need to open it to put in my USB drives now.
POOR AIRflOW. my case temps right now is 40ºC! these dual 80mm cant move air for nothing!
one case foot broke off.
i had to remove the CPU airduct. that excuse of cooling doesnt work, and that should be an idea how dated this case is.
there is no room in this case. this makes clearing CMOS extremely difficult, because of the stupid drive bays!!

this case disappointed me in every way of being disappointed.

Other Thoughts: this is a good case for your old rotting AMD K6 III or pentium III. with a ATI rage 128 pro and riva TNT.

not good for modern components. this case should be wiped off the face of the earth.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2010 7:08:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnot satisfied

Pros: nice case it has everything I was looking for.

Cons: the first case was damaged at the lower left and right-hand LED covers so I had to RMA and get a new case which was an advanced replacement. I got it in three days.

Other Thoughts: not new egg fault but they were very good with customer service.

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