Here’s another mid-tower gaming case from AeroCool and it instantly became one of my favorites in their RGB case line up. I am slowly getting fond of AeroCool cases as each of them has their own unique features unlike other brands who tend to use the same inner-frame and only change the look of the front panel.
Here we have the AeroCool KLAW RGB mid-tower case and as the name suggests, it has an RGB illuminated claw design on the front.
|Steel, tempered glass|
|Drive Bays:||2x Internal 2.5/3.5″ |
4x Internal 2.5″
|MotherboardForm Factors:||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|Dimensions:||288 x 445.5 x 461mm mm (W x H x D)|
|Front Fans:||3x 120 mm/2x 140 mm|
|Rear Fans:||1x 120|
|Top Side Fans:||1 x 120 mm|
|I/O:||1x USB 3.0 |
2x USB 2.0
|Fan/LED Controller:||LED Fan controller & remote control|
|Compatibility:||CPU Cooler: 164 mm|
Liquid Cooling: 240/280mm radiator (front) 120mm radiator (rear)
GPU: 370 mm
It has dual tempered glass side panels so you not only showcase one side of the case, but you can also flaunt your clean cable management and RGB SSD’s on the other side.
There are three 120mm RGB fans included which are mounted on the top and rear exhaust of the case. They are controlled by the included 10-port fan hub with PWM functions.
In addition, an RGB remote control is included with the case. You also have the option to connect them to the motherboard’s RGB headers with the included RGB cable so you can control the lighting through software (ASUS Aura, MSI Mystic light, etc.).
On top of the front panel you have the power button, HDD/Power led indicators, reset button, two USB 2.0 ports, headphone and mic inputs, a single USB 3.0 port, and an RGB cycle button.
As you can see, you can mount two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator on top. There is a also a magnetic dust filter which helps reduce the dirt coming in to the case.
You can also mount three 120mm or two 140mm case fans on the front and it also supports 240/280mm radiators for liquid cooling.
On the bottom you will also find another fan filter for the PSU and this case can fit a standard ATX size power supply.
Looking at the back you can see the expansion slots but unfortunately these are the breakable expansion slot covers which cannot be put back when taken out.
Inside the case you have an ample amount of space to fit a full-sized graphics card and an ATX motherboard. There are cable routing on the upper left for the wires to go in, specifically for the 12v EPS CPU power, and also other cable routing holes for the rest of the components.
Rubber grommets would’ve been welcomed for a much cleaner cable management but they didn’t are not included.
On the back you have enough depth (around 2.3cm) to help tucking the cables in, as well as spaces for zip ties/cable ties.
You will also see the 10-port fan hub, two 2.5″ drive trays on the back of the motherboard mount, as well as two 3.5″ drive cages. I am thankful that AeroCool doesn’t skip out on these as other brands don’t even include drive cages as a way cut cost.
Lit up and build experience
Having built several computers in different CPU chassis, I can honestly say that AeroCool has kept in mind the convenience for cable management and spacing the the Klaw.
The lighting effects of the RGB illumination is really good, and the included fans have a fan speed of 1000rpm and a rated airflow of 32.1CFM which makes them suitable for case airflow.
We were able to build on this case in around 20 minutes including cable management with the standard ATX components that we used.
This has always been my concern when I choose a proper PC chassis and here, I believe that AeroCool missed an opportunity. As you can see on the photo below, there is enough space for the air intake so that the fans can potentially breathe in but the side panel tempered glass was cut in a shape that extends all the way to the vents.
In my opinion, they could’ve just used a regular square-shaped tempered glass without extending to the front panel and that would’ve made airflow much better.
- Lots of cable management
- Unique dual-tempered design
- Included RGB fans with the hub which gives this case added value compared to other cases in it’s price range. The fan hub has PWM and RGB headers so you can control them via motherboard’s software.
- Front airflow is blocked by tempered glass and hopefully can be improved in the future
With that, we feel that the AeroCool Klaw is a good value RGB mid tower case in the range of Php3,950 (SRP). It has a lot of potential in terms of RGB customization with the overall unique design of this case.
But even though aesthetics is must for a lot of people, and the AeroCool Klaw will not disappoint in this aspect, case airflow is also an important thing. That’s the only missing part of what could’ve been a truly unique PC case that not only looks good, but will also perform well.