Akasa VenomToxic review

Full of features and great cooling potential, but questionable build quality and a striking design hold it back

7 Mar 2012
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
96
inc VAT

Specifications

Akasa’s VenomToxic case looks more like an ambitious mod project than a computer case that’s come straight out of the box. The bright yellow finish and bulbous roof shaped like a snake’s head may appeal to some, but it might put off others.

Akasa VenomToxic

First impressions can be deceiving, though, because this full tower case has plenty to offer. Indeed, an I/O panel filled with three USB ports, one eSATA, one USB3 and two 3.5mm audio jacks (as well as two fan controllers) can be found on the roof of the case, and six external 5.25in drive bays should be more than enough, even for a high-end system.

Cooling options are incredibly varied. In addition to the two 230mm intakes and the single 140mm exhaust fan included with the case, you can also add a further seven 120mm fans. Most of these mounts will also accept 140mm fans, and all can be controlled using the two fan controllers on the roof of the case.

Akasa VenomToxic

Building a PC inside the Venom should have been an easy task, thanks to its mammoth interior, in which there’s plenty of room to move around. However, the right side panel was so incredibly awkward to remove (due to a warped corner) that we almost resigned ourselves to abandoning cable management altogether.

Even with its huge feature list and expansive cooling options, it’s difficult to justify spending £96 on the VenomToxic because there are midi towers that have almost as much room for expansion, but also have better build quality and a more conventional appearance for a similar price. A more conventional choice would be the Corsair Carbide 500R.

Details

Price £96
Rating ***
Case tower

Ports

USB ports 4
Total Firewire ports 0
Total eSATA ports 1
Headphone port yes
Microphone port yes

Physical

Size 232x620x555mm
Weight 13.1kg
Internal Drive bays 3 1/2in 6
5.25in drive bays 6
Fan mounts 8x 120mm
Fans supplied 1x 140mm

PSU

Supplied PSU no
Standard N/A
Fans N/A
Power supply wattage N/A
Motherboard connector N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £96
Supplier http://www.scan.co.uk
Details www.akasa.co.uk

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