The DS 200 is a sleek looking casing, at a glance it looked no different from any other casing out there and in fact I wasn’t exactly excited over it when I received the review unit but my perception changed as I explored this beautiful casing.
The colored area is of smooth-touch leather coating that’s very comfortable to the touch, and how it’s design was that it looked as if it was a seamless single piece that flows from the the top-back to the bottom at the front but it isn’t.
While most casings were designed to be most attractive at the front, the Aerocool DS 200’s best feature happens to be on top. On the left are the audio I/O ports and the Power and Reset buttons while on the right are the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. At the center is a circular console, with temperature readings shown at the center while the buttons around allows you to change fan speed, toggle between Celsius vs Fahrenheit readings and also to change the color of the display.
Yes, that’s just how cool it is. 🙂 Don’t believe me? Check out the video below.
The fan speeds available are Low (50%), Medium (75%) and High (100%) with also the option to Stop (0%). The downside of having upward facing ports is that the openings tend to be a hotbed for dust collection.
By now you would’ve noticed that the are lines going around the panel, that’s because the panel is removable with a flick of a switch. The switch is rather tough to flick but don’t worry about applying too much pressure as the build quality is good.
And in case you ever broke the cover, don’t worry because Aerocool got you covered by providing an additional piece of top panel cover. 😀 Neat isn’t it? Within this package, you get a full colored (solid type) and a grille type.
The grille type looks pretty neat, right?
The grille type would work better for airflow but wouldn’t work too well for sound dampening.
Underneath the opening is a huge attic that allows placement of fans or radiator but not both.
The entire top panel is removable so you need not fret about getting fans through the opening.
As seen in the image below, you could even mount a single unit of 20mm fan. As for dual-fan setup, you have the 120mm and 140mm mounts ready.
Here’s the under side of the display panel.