The folks over at AeroCool have released several new cases with their PGS (Performance Gaming System) value series. These are targeting to the budget – midrange gamer with two of the three models also having a “pro” version which offers a few extra features like a built in fan controller. One of the cases smack in the middle of the lineup is the Vx-E model which we received to see how we think it fares compared with others in its class. Priced at $69.99, it’s twenty dollars less than the VX-9 Pro and $15 more than the VX-R. All are limited to a black exterior and in the mid tower category.
The AeroCool Vx-E arrived boxed, wrapped in plastic and nestled between two Styrofoam sleeves to protect it and hold it in place. I was a little worried that something may have been broken at first because the box looked a little beat up and as I moved it around, I could hear a rattling noise. This turned out to be a rebellious runaway screw causing the ruckus and I could find no damage to the chassis.
The front panel was also covered with an extra layer of cling-on plastic for an extra measure of protection. The case is very light and AeroCool states that it is constructed of SECC with a thickness of 0.5”. I had never really heard of (or maybe just never paid attention to) that acronym so I had to look it up. What I found is that is stands for Steel, Electrogalvanized, Cold-Rolled, Coil which supposedly is lighter and better at heat distribution than regular steel while costing less.
Packaged within the case was a bag containing a small bag of motherboard screws and standoffs, another small bag of drive bay screws, a brief instruction page, and the rails for HDD/FDD drives.