Author: Frank Stroupe
A Look Outside
The Zaria A10 is a standard-sized steel midtower. It is covered with a matte black powdercoat, and has chrome trim. The Ikonik logo is screened on the lower part of the bezel, and there is a “Zaria” logo that lights when the power is on.
The door is made of black anodized heavy aluminum. The hinges are very rugged, maybe the nicest hinges I’ve seen on a midtower. The door opens only from the left side of the case, it isn’t reversible as some are. There are no latches or catches, the door is held only by a magnet, but its design prevents it from opening too easily.
The bezel itself is constructed of very heavy polystyrene which is also matte black excepting the recessed area where the bay covers are, which is quite shiny.
At the top of the bezel is a chrome plated metal plate. It’s actually a little strange seeing chrome on a case, but I like it. The Zaria includes a rubber cover for the control panel. There is a magnet in the round part, which allows the cover to be rotated out of the way, or removed completely.
The control panel is built into the case top like the Ra X10. I really like it, it gives the case a very clean look. Included are Audio ports, two USB ports, an IEEE 1394 port, and an eSATA port. The I/O switch is blue lighted, and as with the Ra X10, there is no reset button.
The rather than a window, the side panel has a large vent covered with modder’s mesh. The mesh is beautifully stealthed and raised above the panel surface which gives a really great look. The door also has the Ikonik logo stamped into it.
The rear of the case is very typical, the 120mm rear fan has openings that should be large enough to prevent wind noise.
Not so typical, the PSU opening has rubber strips to help eliminate vibration and potential noise.
The right side panel has a large modder’s mesh opening to help ventilate the power supply. The case feet are heavy duty and well attached. The rubber bottom is fairly soft, preventing the case from sliding.good at times and not so good at times. We also see in the photo that the openings in the bottom of the bezel allow for decent airflow to the 140mm fan. The openings aren’t huge, but should be more than adequate.
There is an opening on the case floor allowing extra ventilation, and will accommodate an optional 120mm fan, which is not included.