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  Product:     Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer  
  Price:     $250 (CAN) / $190 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Xoxide
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     July 28th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jeff from Xoxide for providing the Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer for review.

Introduction:

The Small Form Factor platform has revitalized the computer industry offering consumer's alternatives to designing and implementing newer computing platforms. One of the significant advantages to the SFF platform is the full implementation of a large scale system but at half the size. There are several manufacturers such as Antec, A-Open, Biostar, Chaintech, FIC, Iwill, MSI, Shuttle, and Soltek who have flooded the market with different SFF solutions for both AMD and Intel. For consumers who prefer the DIY approach; Xoxide has recently introduced one of the very first custom acrylic SFF alternatives. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be taking an exclusive look at the new Xoxide Acrylic Mini Cube Computer; a product designed as an all-in-one SFF solution.

Specifications:

The Xoxide Acrylic Cube Case is a top of the line clear case made for computer enthusiasts who want to build their systems in a case that allows for stunning aesthetics, full functionality, high airflow, strong design, and mobility. The Cube was designed to bridge the gap that exists between new "mini" cases on the market with limited upgradeability. Here are some of the case specifications taken directly from the Xoxide website:

Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer - Key Specifications:
Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer: Manufactured by Xoxide
Case Dimensions: 10.5" (W) x 10.5" (H) x 10.5" (D)
Drive Bays: 5 (2 x 5.25 external and 3 x 3.5" internal)
Expansion Slots: 4
Chassis: Laser cut .236" cell cast acrylic
Intel P4 and AMD XP/MP Compatible
Form Factors: Micro ATX motherboard
Fans: 3 (2 x 80mm rear exhaust and 1 x 80mm front intake)
Special Features: Fold out mATX design and bundled accessories
 
Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer
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Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer
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The Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer was shipped in a standard double-walled corrugated box with no manufacturer's logos or images printed on the package. Packaging inside the box was good, with the unit itself enclosed in plastic protective wrap surrounded by a good portion of polystyrene peanuts.

Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer
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Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer
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Out of the box, the Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer is very well constructed and manufactured using .236" cell cast acrylic. The structural integrity of the acrylic is impressive and the focus of this miniature design is an almost replica of similar SFF cube designs. The case measures approximately 10.5" x 10.5" x 10.5" (DxWxH) and only supports Micro ATX motherboards. Xoxide has marketed this specific product to appeal to consumers utilizing small form factor components, which are suitable for LAN events or HTPC (Home Theatre PC) style applications. The Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer does not come equipped with a stock power supply and consumers will be required to purchase this item as a separate add-on. Bundled with the case was an assortment of accessories which included the following:
  • 1 x Xoxide Acrylic Cube Computer
  • 8 x CDROM screws
  • 4 x Case feet
  • 8 x Motherboard stand-offs
  • 1 x Power cable
  • 12 x Case fan screws
  • 20 x PSU, HD and case screws
Absent from the package was any sort of instruction manual or reference diagrams.
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