Xigmatek Aquila Review
Up Close: Exterior
Xigmatek claim the Aquila measures (L) 390 x (H) 403x (W) 265mm. In reality we found it to be 390mm in both height and depth (Yes we measure them ourselves as opposed to just trusting the manufacturers details). Either way, the Aquila is actually too large to truly be called a small form factor case. Recognising this Xigmatek themselves refer to it as a mini tower. On the desk it feels quite chunky, in no small part due to the 265mm width. The height of the case is also slightly exaggerated by the raised plastic shoulders and feet, which in turn tilt the body of the case slightly upwards at the front.
The left side of the case benefits from a large side window , with the right side remaining blank, which is a bit of a shame as the horizontal motherboard layout inside means the your goodies could theoretically be seen from either side.
The roof of the white case is counterpointed by a large black mesh area. This mesh is removable by means of a fiddly little catch towards the rear. the front of the case also sports and almost identically sized mesh panel lending a certain aesthetic symmetry to the design
So as not to disturb the looks, the front I/O is actually located on the front edge of the left side panel, consisting as it does of a pair of USB 3.0s and a set of audio jacks. The power button though, resplendent in its chromed glory sits atop the front edge of the case.