In a world where materialism reigns supreme, man is oft like the raccoon that finds a shiny bauble in a crevice and remains trapped because it refuses to let go. Many product designers take advantage of this tendency towards glamorously styled items to deliver inferior products and reap huge profits. However, we want to have our cake and eat it too. Thankfully, there are some companies that consistently produce products that look great and deliver exceptional quality.
Finding that blend between form and function is an ongoing battle. When all emphasis is placed on functionality, you get products that are aesthetically barren. The reverse usually produces gaudy monstrosities. Fractal Design is one company that manages to combine a massive list of features, pleasing aesthetics and great quality in their products.
Fractal Design’s Arc XL is the largest case in Fractal's Arc line of Mid-Tower cases. At 22.5 inches, the Arc XL is taller than some Full-Tower cases and it’s absolutely packed with features. Mounting points for seven large fans, dust filters, movable hard drive cages, ample space for multiple radiators and a built in fan controller make the Arc XL a formidable cooler. Heck, even the power supply gets rubber feet to guarantee lots of airflow. With four 5.25” bays and support for eight hard drives and two SSDs, it has enough storage capacity for your rig to handle double duty as a home server. There’s just over an inch of space behind the motherboard tray and several tie points to make cable management a snap. For icing on the cake, there’s a large tinted window to see your whole rig once it’s built.