The Carbide Series Air 240 is about the same size as the Graphite Series 380T I reviewed earlier this year, with one major difference: it's a box, or rectangular cuboid, if you prefer. If Corsair carved the 380T's curvaceous shape out of a block of clay,one could be forgiven for thinking that the Air 240's conception stopped with the block.
The boxy design has its advantages, though. The Air 240 has room for both Mini-ITX and microATX motherboards, while the 380T is limited to Mini-ITX motherboards only. Corsair also had enough room to divide the interior of the Air 240 into two separate chambers: one for the motherboard, CPU, and graphics cards, and the other for SSDs, 3.5" mechanical drives, and the power supply. Corsair claims this design allows for unobstructed airflow to the hottest components of the PC inside.
We find almost everything that made the original such a hit with builders, gamers, and modders. Of course, with a slight size reduction to this new release, certain things had to be omitted, but that does not in any way mean that you should count out the Air 240 prematurely, as this chassis is still very impressive in its smaller form.
The Air 240 comes in two color choices, there is black, and then there is the arctic white version we received. Both versions weigh in at 5.6 kilograms, are 397mm in length, 260mm in width, and stand 320mm tall. We also see that Corsair lists the form factor as a Micro-ATX chassis, but it will house the smaller Mini-ITX motherboards as well.
The full sized window provides a fantastic overview of all of the core components in your system, showing off your building skills right from the get-go. Don’t let the size of the system fool you either, while still maintaining the small form factor, they’ve allowed this case to support a variety of full sized components, and still allow for easy installation, access, and cleaning of those components.
The right chamber has a full-length vent for the power supply and storage bays. This vent is covered by one of Corsair's signature magnetic dust filters, which should be far easier to work with than the semi-permanently-attached ones elsewhere on the case.
The Air 240 can sit either horizontally or vertically, although the benefits of the horizontal (or "desktop") orientation seem dubious to me. The case occupies more square footage in this mode, and the windowed side panel means you probably don't want to put anything on top of the case to save desk space. A neat touch: you can remove and rotate the Corsair emblem to match the orientation of the case. It's held in by magnets.
Corsair kept the items bundled with the Carbide Air 240 down to a minimum but organized them well, supplying each type of screw inside a separate nylon bag. There are also four rubber feet for the case and a few short cable ties.
- Warranty: Two years
- Weight: 5.6kg
- Color: Black
- Case Form Factor: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
- Dimensions 397 x 260 x 320mm
- Maximum GPU Length: 290mm
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 120mm
- Maximum PSU Length: 240mm
- Expansion Slots: 4
- HDD Bays: 3.5” x 3, 2.5” x 3
- Material: Steel
- Power Supply: ATX
- External Connectors: USB 3.0 x 2, Microphone, Headphone
- Fan Mount Locations: Front 120mm x 2, Top 120mm x 2, Rear 80mm x 2, Bottom 120mm x 2, Side 120mm x 1
- Fans Included: Front 120mm x2, Top 120mm x1
- Radiator Mount Locations: Front 240mm, Bottom 240mm
- Compatible Corsair Liquid Coolers: H55, H60, H75, H80i, H100i, H105
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