ADATA XPG Cruiser Super Mid Tower Review

ADATA XPG Cruiser Super Mid Tower Review

As part of ADATA’s range of mid-tower cases, the XPG Cruiser is part of the Super mid-tower range. In this class of gaming cases, the interior is not compromised, but the profile is mid-sized. A stylish minimalistic design and a lot of space to hold high-end components make this case the perfect case for a modern gamer.

ADATA XPG Cruiser Super Mid Tower Review
ADATA XPG Cruiser Super Mid Tower Review

ADATA XPG Cruiser Tech Specs

The XPG Cruiser has the following specifications:

MaterialSteel, plastic, and tempered glass
Weight~8.5 kg
PCI Slots7 Horizontal / 2 Vertical
Drive Bays2x Internal 3.5″ / 2x Internal 2.5″
Form FactorMini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, CEB, and EEB
Dimensions493mm x 234mm x 466mm
Front Fans3x 120mm or 140mm (3x XPG Vento 120mm ARGB fans pre-installed)
Rear Fans1x 120mm or 140mm
Top Fans2x 120mm or 140mm
Front Radiator280mm / 360mm
Rear Radiator120mm / 140mm
Top Radiator240mm / 280mm
I/O Ports1x USB-C, 2x USB 3.0, & 1x Audio combo jack
Fan/LED ControllerBuilt-in ARGB controller

What’s in the Box?

It’s hard to tell how good the XPG Cruiser is by looking at its cardboard box. A bland packaging hides a pleasant surprise inside, but the case inside makes the whole unboxing experience unique.

Styrofoam holders protect the precious content of the Cruiser, keeping it safe. You’ll find a small box enclosed in the power supply bay after opening the box and removing the case. It contains zip ties for cable management, screws for attaching the motherboard and other components, a quick start guide, and stickers.

The Outside

As for appearances, the XPG Cruiser is designed to impress without dominating. Indeed, its minimalist design has just enough details to make it stand out from a plain white box.

We know that most gaming cases come with tempered glass left panels these days, so we’re not surprised to see it on the Cruiser, unlike the front glass panel, which is also 4mm thick. Combining an asymmetrical aluminum strip with the views of both fans enhances the gamer vibe of the case.

Its mounting system is another surprise. It is usually held in place with plastic clips. A special mounting mechanism secures the XPG Cruiser with two screws, but the company goes above and beyond. Thanks to this design, even after repeated cleaning sessions, the front panel will remain in place.

We have several I/O ports located at the top. Additionally, there is an ARGB button to toggle your LED display on and off. I like how ADATA has included both standard power and reset buttons. The left side of the device has two UBS 3.0 ports and one USB-C port. There’s a combo headphone jack too to use for input and output. You can also remove the mesh cover from the top of the Cruiser. Magnets hold it in place to do cleaning and repositioning easily.

Otherwise, the features are fairly standard. All components that easily get hot are supported by meshes and grilles to ensure efficiently and continued ventilation. In addition, you’ll find a lot of screw holes for mounting fans and radiators.

The Inside

The most impressive aspect of the XPG Cruiser is its interior. The tempered glass panel is easily removed with the included screws, revealing a spacious chamber that begs to be fitted. Even an E-ATX motherboard can be mounted on it, defying expectations. Cable management is not a problem either.

Regardless of your motherboard’s size, the four grommet openings on the right side of the case allow you to route cables. A similar opening can also be found on the bottom, giving you even more options for routing cables from your power supply and hard drives.

Moreover, the Cruiser has plenty of cable management features on the right side. It is hugely beneficial for a gaming rig to be able to hide the majority of wires on this side. However, that does not mean you should leave everything behind the wall. Cables can be neatly routed with their clever hooks, keeping them separate and easy to find if you need to make any small adjustments. It can hold two 2.5″ hard drives and is easy to secure and unfasten using hand crews.

It also has a bottom cubby that is designed to keep your components snug and safe. PSUs are installed below the two drive trays, supported by four foam cushions that provide a secure and cushy fit. It is flanked by two drive bays that offer tool-free installation through clip-based technology.

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It feels spacious and airy in the main chamber. Even with its multiple fan mounts, the XPG Cruiser is sure to keep the air flowing smoothly. There are 7 horizontal expansion slots on this case, making it an ideal case for game streamers as well.

Additionally, the XPG Cruiser has two additional vertical slots in case your GPU is way too powerful. Although they’ll be close to the tempered glass panel, you probably won’t need to rely on them because the interior of this case will accommodate the horizontal placement of the most popular large cards.

A fan and radiator are located at the top, back, and front of the Cruiser. Although the latter has a nice array of 120mm fans, you can replace them with 280mm or 360mm radiators. You can also fit 240mm or 280mm AIO on the top and rear, so you have lots of options when it comes to setting up your cooling system.

What Makes the XPG Cruiser Stand Out?

XPG Cruiser is an impressive mid-tower because it offers a lot of interior space for its size. If you want to house a powerful system, the case doesn’t have to be huge.

Gamer’s who prefer a minimalist, the low-profile design will appreciate its minimalistic look. This segment of the market is often underserved, as most cases are either over-the-top space-age capsules or boring, uninspired boxes that don’t do anything to enhance their appeal. Clean doesn’t equal dull in the Cruiser, and we can appreciate that.

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Who Should Buy the XPG Cruiser?

Cases from ADATA can fit under – or on top of – most desks easily. In addition, plenty of room is available for large components. The Cruiser certainly targets a no-frills audience with its features and minimalistic design.

Furthermore, you can construct a rig that matches the streamlined exterior of the rig by using its cable management systems and features. A nice RGB setup can be easily achieved by matching the included XPG Vento fan array with a nice radiator and fans. The Cruiser is an excellent choice if you like minimalism but want to spice it up a little.

Additionally, streaming video games is a hot business, especially on a PC. Even the most extreme uses will benefit from the Cruiser’s spacious interior and well-designed cooling system.

Pros & Cons

Solid pricing for the number of features and quality of materialsThe thumbscrews feel slightly cheaply made
Included 120 mm 3-fan arrayThumbscrews for easier expansion card installation would have been a welcome addition
The front panel looks slick and is well-designedNo magnetic filter for the bottom panel
Tons of space and options for a robust cooling system
A cable management system that accommodates all motherboard sizes
Some nice features for installing a PSU and mounting drives without needing tools
Clean yet stylish look
Enough room to fit larger GPUs and expansion cards
Robust set of I/O ports plus a dedicated ARGB button
Magnetic dust cover mesh at the top

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