Akasa Venom Toxic Case Review
The Venom Toxic case is a massive gaming tower case featuring an aggressive, futuristic design with many edges and sharp angles combined with a bright yellow/black theme. Following the theme of the series, Akasa designers made sure that the front and top panels resemble the form of a snake. Despite the plastic front and top panels and the large perforated areas, the case is fairly heavy, weighting over 13kg when completely empty.
The faceplate of the Akasa Venom Toxic case is made out of hard plastic and metallic mesh. Actually only the frame of the faceplate is plastic, the majority of the front is covered by a metallic mesh, including the five 5.25” and the single 3.5” external device covers. Two yellow stripes are being formed at either side of the faceplate. The venom series logo can be seen at the lower middle part of the faceplate while a nickel plated sticker with the company logo can be seen at the lowest bottom middle part of the faceplate.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the case is the top side of the faceplate, where Akasa placed all front access ports and controls. The large power button can be seen at the center, which also lights up blue once the system is powered on, with a large fan speed control knob on either side of the panel. Each of the two knobs can handle up to 20W, which is at least three fans, allowing the user to manually control the speed of virtually every fan inside the case. Given that most 120mm-140mm case fans hardly consume more than 4W, the controllers are pretty powerful and offer plenty of expansion headroom. In between the two knobs there are three USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port and the standard headset jacks. Interestingly enough, there is no reset button. In order to utilize the USB 3.0 port, the cable has to be routed to the back of the motherboard.
Right behind the many ports and the fan control rheostats Akasa designed a small storage compartment and placed an anti-skid rubbed pad inside it. The storage compartment is fairly deep and can be used to hold anything the user would like; a phone, a USB-charging device or even a drink.
At the top of the case a massive 230mm cooling fan can be found hidden beneath a metallic mesh. The entire top panel can be removed by simply pulling it upwards from the rear side of the case. There are mounting holes to replace the 230mm fan with two 120mm/140mm fans or to install a 240mm watercooling radiator.