A Closer Look - Outside
The most notable feature of the chassis is the width. Instead of a plastic door, Akasa has replaced it with an aluminum panel. The door opens from left to right, so it will get in the way if you place it to the right of your monitor. There is no way to switch it around, so you will be forced to live with it, or place the chassis to your left of your workspace.
The bottom of the door now holds the Akasa logo. That adds to the overall looks quite nicely and is a welcome change from the simple print on their previous cases. The power & reset button can be accessed with a closed door and when it is open as well. Akasa has taken great care to construct a pass-through system so you even see the LEDs as well.
The general layout of the front has no changed at all, when compared to the Mirage-62. The bottom is still taken by an air vent, while you still have access to the six external drive bays. Akasa has, however, changed the inner design of the front door. It now features an indent, so that your external devices like fan controllers and such do not get in the way of the door. While this is great, it remains a mystery why this groove does not extend to the external 3.5 inch bays or the top 5.25 inch one.
Both sides of the Omega are made of aluminum as well. Akasa has inserted an air vent in one of the sides. It can take two 120 mm fans or even a double 120 mm radiator for your graphic cards. The I/O can be found on the side of the chassis. These are facing left, which means you should definitely place the chassis on the left of your working area. This would mean however that you won't get visual access to the fan grill on the side or the window of the addition side panel you may purchase. Akasa has expanded the connectivity to include an eSATA plug as well.
The rear has not changed at all, when compared to the Mirage-62 The mainboard tray is still made of mirror-finish steel and the power supply is still located on the top of the chassis.
Taking a closer look the the rear, there are eight expansion slots instead of the standard seven found on other cases. This means that you can use those USB expansion brackets from your mainboard without blocking a slot on the mainboard. The rear is taken up by the 120 mm fan, while the top is intended for the power supply. The rear fan is another change to the previous modell, which did not include one.
The top of the case features the same air vent as the side panel. This means you can also install two fans or a water cooling radiatior in this location.