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AZZA Titan 240 & Photios 250 casing review

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Introduction, Specification

Photios 250
Titan 240

 

 

 

Azza is one of the few companies within the crowded pc casing market that tries to redefine itself with its own twist on what a PC casing should be. We’ll be looking at two of their cases; the Titan 240 and the Photios 250. Before we get into the review, it’s worth mentioning that these 2 cases have very similar interior, it’s almost like they used the same skeleton and applied different aesthetics on the exterior.

Specifications:

  • Supports up to 380mm-long VGA cards.
  • Tempered glass side panel
  • Front IO: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, HD Audio, Mic.
  • 2 x 120mm fanports on the top
  • 2 x 120mm / 2 x 140mm fan ports in the front (1 x 120mm fan installed, 1 x 120mm LED fan installed, white on the Titan and red on the Photios)
  • 2 x 120mm fan ports on the bottom
  • 1 x 120mm fan port in the rear
  • Supports 120mm / 240mm / 280mm (front only) water cooling radiator.
  • Max CPU cooler heing: Up to 155mm
  • Supportsmax. 210mm-long bottom-mounted powersupply.
  • External 5.25″ Drive Bays: 2 (1 on the Photios)
  • Internal 2.5″ Drive Bays Up to 5
  • Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays Up to 3

Exterior

These two cases feature sleek exterior with some details to distinguish between them both. The Photios 250 is more angular with a long slit on the front of the case for the LED from the fans to shine through. The slit continuous to the top of the case where it forms the ventilation holes. The top portion of the front panel can be swung open to reveal a slot for a single 5.25″ drive bay.

The Titan 240 is a bit of a mixed bag, it features acrylic panels on the front as well as the top, enabling LED fans to shine through. The top portion of the front panel can be swung open to reveal dual slots for 5.25″ drive bays. The overall styling of the Titan may look dated to some but its simplistic design can be appreciated.

The Photios 250’s more angular approach features a satisfying tactile red power button with a small acrylic window on the top and the IO is lined up longitudinally. The Titan 240’s more classic approach sees the power button being shifted slightly to the side while the IO is occupying the front section. Unique to the Titan is also the acrylic window spanning more than half the top panel. Paired with the acrylic bits on the front, the Titan may prove to be a compelling buy for those who’ve managed to invest in RGB fans.

Props to AZZA for including a slightly tinted tempered glass side panels for both these cases but the mounting system leaves a lot to be desired for. There are no pre-installed standoffs to guide the tempered glass nor are there any ‘catch’ on the bottom side of the case to make the installation easier and safer.

Interior

As both the interiors are very similar, the following review on the interior would apply to both cases. The only differences would be the colours of the included LED fans and the extra 5.25″ drive bay slot on the Titan 240. As a budget case, the interior is missing some of the bells and whistles you’d come to expect from well known brands. Recessed motherboard tray, rubber grommets, cable management features (bar/gutter) do not make an appearance.

However, I was pretty impressed with the inclusion of the PSU shroud and AZZA managed to throw in a little surprise as well. The AZZA logo on the PSU shroud lights up white through the LED behind it paired to a Molex connector. The availability of plentiful storage expansion option is a plus point too with the front drive cage, side mounts for 2.5″ drives on the motherboard tray and another drive cage under the PSU shroud.

Conclusion

Both of these cases can be had for under RM250. With that in mind, it’s hard pressed to find cases on the market that include tempered glass panels, PSU shroud, 2 fans (one of which has LED) and the LED logo on the shroud. These cases offer really good value but the Photios 250 has managed to be our favourite among the two with its more angular approach and sleek design.

The lack of modularity of the drive cages and the lack of cable management features can be forgiven considering how much value these cases bring to the table. We highly recommend these two cases for your next build .

 

 

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