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AeroCool Intros Viewport Mini, a Pillarless Micro-ATX Case

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AeroCool today introduced the Viewport Mini, a pillarless Micro-ATX tower case, which features the latest design trend, of letting go of the front-left corner pillar for the front- and left panels to seamlessly blend, providing a better view of the hardware inside. The case comes in two variants based on color—black and white, both include a trio of 120 mm fans with ARGB lighting, preinstalled along the rear- and side exhausts. The case features a horizontally partitioned layout, with the glasshouse only covering the top compartment with the motherboard tray.

The AeroCool Viewport Mini seats Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, with room for graphics cards up to 35.5 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16.5 cm in height. The case provides 4 expansion slots (so you can't have a >1 slot thick addon card on the 4th slot). Storage options include a 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive cage that holds up to two drives. The ventilation system includes two 140/120 mm top exhausts, two 120 mm side exhausts, a 120 mm rear exhaust, and two additional 120 mm along the partition dividing the upper- and lower compartments. Front panel connectivity includes USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and 4-pole 3.5 mm headset jacks.The case meaasures 212 mm x 377.5 mm x 437 mm. The company didn't reveal pricing.



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Meh, another crappy bottom of the barrel case from same factory with different label slapped on front.
 
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I wonder how many of these cases get damaged in shipping.

Even though most of my builds stay in-house, I do ship maybe 10 desktop PCs a year, and I'm just thinking that the "pillar" might be the sole reason that some of them survive the journey - I've seen horrific photos of unopened boxes that left me pristine, and arrive looking like a deflated football. Thankfully very few suffer major damage but if a courier can dent a case through 3" of foam, then taking away the structural support from one corner of the case likely isn't going to help at all.

I don't buy these bargain basement cases at all. Glass showcases are the opposite of what I need for office workstations and for systems I ship, a big part of my case purchase is based on my own experience of how suitable the shipping carton is for then re-shipping a built system. With the cheaper cases, the cost-cutting also applies to both the shipping carton strength, and the depth and quality of foam packing!
 
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