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Fractal Design Pop Air RGB Case Review

Pop Air

A Closer Look at Fractal Pop Air »

Pop AirAffordable cases are always tough to find, even with the overflowing market. What I always look for in a case is simplicity and customization at the right price. Many computer enthusiasts look for affordable cases to work with and make them unique. Recently Fractal Design released the Pop Air product line that is targeting budget gamers and modders around the world. Their offering starts with three different sizes of cases, Pop Mini Air, Pop Air, and Pop XL Air. All the mentioned sizes are offered with multiple options, such as RGB and tempered glass, so you can purchase exactly what you need. But they all share the same craftsmanship and unparallel quality from Fractal Design. We will be taking a look at the Pop Air RGB case. The Pop Air RGB case comes with RGB 120mm (Aspect RGB) fans and a glass left side panel.

Technical Specifications

Pop Air
Dedicated 2.5″ drive mounts 4 (2 included)
Combined 3.5/2.5” drive mounts 3 (2 included)
5.25” drive mounts 2
Expansion slots 7
Front interface 2x USB 3.0* (* USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C add-on available separately), Audio, RGB controller (RGB Versions only)
Total fan mounts 5x 120 mm or 4x 140 mm
Front fan (RGB version) 2x 120/140 mm (2x Aspect 12 RGB included)
Front fan (Non-RGB version) 2x 120/140 mm (2x Aspect 12 included)
Top fan 2x 120/140 mm
Rear fan (RGB version) 1x 120 mm (1x Aspect 12 RGB included)
Bottom fan N/A
Dust filters Top (perforated plastic), PSU (nylon), Front (perforated steel)
Cable routing grommets No
Fixed cable ties Yes, 2 pcs
Captive thumbscrews HDD brackets, SSD brackets, Side panels
Left side panel Tempered glass (Pop Air TG) or Solid steel (Pop Air Solid)
Right side panel Solid steel

Compatibility

Motherboard compatibility ATX / mATX / Mini ITX
Power supply type ATX
PSU max length 170mm
GPU max length 405 mm with front fan mounted
CPU cooler max height 170mm
Front radiator Up to 280 mm
Top radiator Up to 240 mm (max 46 mm RAM height)
Rear radiator 1x 120 mm
Bottom radiator N/A
Cable routing space 19 mm

Dimensions

Case dimensions (LxWxH) 473.5 x 215 x 454 mm
Net weight 7.2kg (Pop Air TG and Pop Air RGB TG) / 6.80kg (Pop Air Solid)
Package dimensions (LxWxH) 548 x 307 x 537 mm
Gross weight 8.7kg (Pop Air TG and Pop Air RGB TG) / 8.3kg (Pop Air Solid)

 

The shipping box for the Pop Air is made from recycled cardboard, and it does not have any color images. In fact, the information relayed here is all in greyscale. By looking over the front and back of the shipping box, you can get a pretty good idea of what kind of case you are looking at. What I really like is the rear diagram of some of the features of the Pop Air, such as the removable front bezel, customizable fans in the front of the case, hard drive brackets and etc.

The case itself is secured in standard white plastic foam inserts that hold it in place during transport. To keep the case from any additional mishaps, the Pop Air has a bag over it. What I found odd was the shipment of the top filter for the case. It is a magnetic filter that basically attaches to the top of the case to keep internal components free of dust. This magnetic filter came in a bubble bag and was taped off the case in the front.

To keep the glass of the case from scratches, Fractal Design applied a plastic protective sticky layer on both sides of the case. You would want to remove that before finalizing your custom build. The Pop Air comes with a small accessory bag with some zip ties, screws, a guide, and a set of radiator brackets for an extension if needed.

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