|Tagan APLUS El-Diablo Tower Case Review|
|2 - Design and Features|
|3 - Design and Features cont.|
|4 - Conclusion|
Tagan – A company famous for their high power and high quality power supplies are now trying their hand in the PC Case market, and this latest offering of theirs, the El-Diablo, is certainly an interesting case to say the least.
The CS-EL Diablo BM - as it is fully known - is Tagan’s newest edition to their Aplus line of enthusiast PC cases, and as Tagan are well known for the quality of their ATX power supply units, if they can match that quality and level of features in their cases, we should be in for a treat.
The first thing you notice about the El-Diablo is its sheer size, and I mean this thing is BIG! Standing 52cm tall (53.5cm with feet) and 57cm deep it’s even taller than the Antec P190 we reviewed earlier in the year, and that wasn’t small by any means, so this isn’t going to be for those people wanting a quaint little computer case to sit under their desk, the El Diablo is about being noticed.
The front panel of the El Diablo is matt-black plastic with a polished grey insert down the middle, which houses the A-Plus logo (which acts as a power light). This panel is the main door of the system, which hides the 5.25” drive bays and floppy drive bay.
Sitting just below the drive bays at the base of the front panel is the biggest front intake fan I’ve seen on a computer case, a whopping 250mm!! Sitting behind a wire mesh and plastic shroud that makes it resemble a jet engine’s air intake. Included with this intake fan are 5 LED lights (blue of course) to make it even more visually appealing to people who are into that sort of thing.
Around the sides of the front intake fan and following the sides of the case are flared fairings that add some style to the case but don’t serve much of a practical purpose, other than the eye candy provided by the included semi-circle of blue light.
The main side panel of the El-Diablo is mostly made up of black metal mesh, and hanging onto this mesh is a massive 320mm cooling fan which also includes blue LED lights just like the front intake fan. This huge side fan blows inwards to keep the whole motherboard area nice and cool. You would want to hope this fan lasts a lifetime though, because lord knows where you would find a replacement if it died. The other side panel is just plain basic steel with the same matt-black paint coating at the top of the case.