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Apevia X-QPack 2 – Impressions

Good Looks, Terrible Workmanship - 4 Barebone Cases Compared
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What does a company do when it doesn’t have anything new to show off? It repackages, renames or repaints its existing models. Apevia sent us the X-QPack 2 as a new model, but even as we unpacked it, we realized that it bore more than just a passing resemblance to its predecessor, the X-QPack, which we reviewed two years ago. Of course we were curious to see what has changed in that time.

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The outside of the X-QPack 2 has been slightly restyled compared to the previous version. The individual elements are no longer connected quite as rigidly connected as before. Also, the top lid no longer sports windows, as these are now only available as an optional upgrade. We were happy to note that the flimsy carrying handle of the old version has been replaced by a more solid, more firmly attached metal handle. This gives the unit a much more solid, confidence inspiring feel.

The interior is completely identical not only with that of the Blockbuster Storm also reviewed here, but also with its own predecessor. Its aluminium insides shine as though Apevia had hand-polished every single element for several hours before shipping the unit. Sadly, the wobbly components we had already criticized on the first X-QPack model are still there. The video at the end of this article can give you a better idea of what we mean.

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    weeboll , 22 November 2007 18:59
    reading that makes me pleased i went for an Antec NSX 1300. more compact, good cooling, better looks, very solidly built - its down side is the nonstandard psu and lack of front facing 3.5" bay for a card reader but i'd reccommend it over any of the reviewed cases!
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    nafurahi , 22 November 2007 19:06
    I will be building a micro-atx based box soon Lian-Li v300 for the same price as these looks like much better value