Taking a first look at the Pop Air RGB it is the size of your typical mid tower I would say. The official dimension are 473.5 x 215 x 454 mm. Now we received one of the “colorful core” versions of the case that has a contrasting color motherboard tray, power supply cover, drive trays, SSD brackets, and accents on the feet and I/O panel. These color options include cyan, green, magenta, and orange. As you can see we received the orange version. All Pop Air RGB version regardless of color will be $89.99, while the non-RGB and Pop Air Silent versions of the case will be $79.99.
Starting at the front of the case we have a mesh panel that extends down of 75% of the front of the case. This mesh panel has a sort of hexagonal design on it, but it is definitely not as pronounced as what we’ve seen on Fractal Design’s Meshify series.
Moving down the case there is a little Fractal Design tag, which when you pull on it allows this bottom panel to be removed. The panel is held into place my magnets, so it is easy to remove. With the panel removed you reveal a small storage compartment. This can be used for flash drives, portable SSDs, your keys, or other small items. Now if you remove this storage compartment you can install two 5.25-inch drives here.
The entire front panel of the case easily pops off. With it removed we can see our two pre-installed Aspect 12 ARGB fans. These are 120 mm fans have semi-opaque blades, which should create a uniform glow across the fan. Now there is no RGB hub or controller included with the case, so you have to connect these directly to your motherboard. The power as well as ARGB connections on each fan can be daisy-chained so you don’t have to worry about running out of connections. The fans support Asus AURA, Gigabyte Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, ASRock Polychrome RGB software. For those wondering you can also install two 140 mm fans in the front of the case and radiators up to 280 mm.
Moving up to the top of the case we have our I/O panel which is on the right side. Here you’ll find a USB-C connection, two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, a small reset button, and a larger power button.
The back 80% of the top of the case is a ventilated section which has a removable magnetic filter. Up top you can install two 120/140mm fans or radiators up to 240 mm.
The main side panel of the case is a tempered glass panel, which shows off the top 80% of the case. This panel is held into place by a single thumbscrew and has an easy-release mechanism like we’ve seen on previous Fractal Design cases.
The back of the case has your standard design, so towards the top you have your third pre-installed Aspect 12 RGB fan, then your expansion slots and ventilation, and finally your power supply mount. There is a small filter the pulls out from the rear of the case for the power supply.
For those wondering about the opposite side panel it is just a plain black steel panel.