Corsair Carbide Air 240 Review

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[section_title title=”Closer Look – Exterior”]Closer Look – Exterior

The Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 (what a mouthful) comes in a relatively plain box which really doesn’t represent what is inside; which is of course the case itself.  The Air 240 does have the Corsair branding over the box including the logo for the Air 240 which is simply, Air240.  There is also an exploded illustration (not fully, just outlined) on the box also which gives an insight into each individual panel on the chassis itself.

Upon opening the box, I was greeted with a slab of polystyrene which I personally hate, but it does a good job of protecting cases during transit.  The Corsair Air 240 is also protected further by a plastic bag which ensures it arrives scratch and dust free.

Bundled with the Corsair Air 240, we have a selection of screws, sticky strips, cable ties and did I mention screws?  Everything you could need to install a system and cable manage it is included.

Taking a first look at the Corsair Carbide Air 240 chassis, the first that you can see is the large viewing window which was a particular highlight on the Corsair Air 540 (the full ATX version).  The Air 240 is all black and features a steel/plastic design; like most cases on the market.

The case itself measures 397mm x 260mm x 320mm (L x W x H) which is a reasonable size and remains compact; albeit it a little on the wide side for a true small form factor case.  This is due to the 2 x compartments of the case which obviously sacrifices space for a bit of performance/style.

One interesting thing about the Corsair Air 240 chassis is the ability to have the case “normal” or upside down.  What I mean by this is the top panel and the bottom panel are identical in design which includes support for 2 x 120mm and 2 x 140mm fans which can be used as intake/exhaust depending on your desired configuration.  This means there is water cooling support for up to a maximum of 1 x 280mm radiator will fit in each of the panels (240mm radiators are also supported).  These panels are held in with thumb screws and are easy to remove.

On the front panel, we have pretty much the same story as the top and the bottom.  One side (the main component compartment) of the entire chassis has ventilation and has support for cooling fans; the front comes preinstalled with 2 x 120mm Corsair fans and also supports a 240mm radiator with a maximum thickness of up to 50mm depending on your graphics cards length.  The Corsair logo is also modular and can be flipped around to suit whichever position you have your case in; the case can be positioned this way but you can do as you please due to the logo being able to rotate.

The Corsair Air 240 of course has a front I/O which contains the following connections:

2 x USB 3.0 ports

2 x 3.5mm audio jacks (headphone & microphone)

1 x Power switch

1 x Reset Switch

1 x LED indicator

Plenty of options and as with most USB 3.0 front panels, these are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 via an adapter (supplied separately).

 

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