XPG’s original Starker case was well received by the PC-building community because of its innovative Magnetic Front Cover and Removable Dust Filter. However, many fans complained about the airflow due to its restrictive design. ADATA paid heed to their complaints by releasing the new XPG Starker Air, which comes in Black, White, and Pink variants. It has all the specifications of its predecessor along with a solution to the temperature issues. This Mid-Tower Cabinet perfectly balances aesthetics and functionality, giving you the best value for your money.
XPG Starker Air Pink Specifications
|Color||Exterior & Interior: Pink|
|Form Factor||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||465 x 215 x 400mm|
|Side Panels||4mm Tempered Glass x 1 (Left Side)|
|I/O Port||2 x USB 3.0
1 x Hybrid Audio Port
1 x LED Control Button
|PCI-E Slots||7 Horizontal / 4 Vertical|
|3.5″ Drive Bay||2+1 (Combo 3.5″ / 2.5″)|
|2.5″ Drive Bay||2+1 (Combo 3.5″ / 2.5″)|
|Fan Mounts||FRONT 120mm x 3 / 140mm x 2
TOP 120mm x 2 / 140mm x 2
REAR 120mm x 1
|Fan Pre-Installed||FRONT XPG VENTO 120 x 1
REAR XPG VENTO 120 ARGB x 1
|Radiator Support||FRONT 360 / 280 / 240mm x 1
TOP 280 / 240 / 120mm x 1
|Clearance||Graphic Card Length: 350mm
320mm (with pre-installed fans)
Graphic Card Vertical Installation Height: 24mm
CPU Cooler Height: 165mm
PSU Length: 160mm
|Weight||Product: 7.37kg (16.2lb) ±5%
with Package: 8.8kg (19.4lb) ±5%
Build & Design
XPG Starker Air Pink is a Mid-Tower PC cabinet with ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboard support. In spite of being a compact case, it is easy to build in with a lot of space.
XPG Starker Air Pink from the Outside
The front of the cabinet has a Mesh design and is made up of sturdy steel. Unlike its predecessor, the mesh design can be used to show off RGB fans, if you choose to add any. On either side of the front panel, there are ARGB strips giving it a tasteful touch. Removing the front cover is no hassle since it is Magnetic and requires a small tug. Behind the cover, there is a Removable-on-Rail dust filter that can be pulled out through the top. This makes cleaning the cabinet so much easier.
The top of the case is protected with another magnetic dust filter, which can be removed by sliding. On the right edge, you will get its Power Button and Reset Button. Along with that, it also features a dedicated LED button to switch between preset lighting modes. For easy access, you will see 2x USB 3.0 and a Hybrid Audio Port. Although a USB type-C would have been a great addition.
The sides of the cabinet are sleek, with a tempered glass panel on one side. If you are someone who likes to buy RGB-infused hardware, then this is the perfect case to show it off.
On the rear, you get the standard I/O cutout, a fan area, GPU support, and a bottom-mounted PSU slot.
The bottom of the case is ventilated and covered with a filter. But it’s not like the one on the top and removing it is a bit troublesome.
Inside the Case
You can easily open the case from the sides with the help of Thumb Screws. The case is quite roomy to house the best of hardware.
First, let’s talk about ventilation. Apart from looking cool, a good pc cabinet should have enough ventilation to safeguard the hardware from harm. The ‘Air’ in XPG Starker is not just for the namesake. This case has excellent ventilation with multiple fan support options. On the front, you can install 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm fans. It already includes one XPG VENTO 120mm fan in the front but it’s not RGB. So, you can opt to replace it if you want to showcase an RGB front. The ceiling can be fitted with 2x 120mm or 2x 140mm fans. If you opt for a liquid cooler, the chassis has Radiator support of 360/280/240mm x1 in the Front, 284/240/120mm x1 on the Top, or 120mm x1 in the Back. The fan at the rear comes with the case. Fortunately, it’s an XPG VENTO ARGB 120mm fan, unlike the one at the front.
Coming to aesthetics, I personally prefer a clean build, and messy cables are a huge no. The Starker Air features one of the best cable management routing. There are five holes, each fitted with grommets, which is a nice addition to this price range. Along with that, it also has a PSU shroud. So, if you do not have a modular PSU, you can hide all of the extra cables under this shroud. Moreover, there are 16 notches on the other side to use zip-ties for cable management.
PSU & Storage
On the other side, you get a huge access hole for the CPU backplate. You can slide the PSU from the side at the bottom. The foam strips below the PSU work great for sound absorption, but be careful while installing the power supply as they are fragile. For storage, you can remove the SSD plate and fit it with 2x 2.5” SSDs. Along with that, you can also install 2x HDD/SSD on the cage by the PSU, giving you ample space to store your data.
Verticle GPU Mount
One of the major features of this cabinet is its vertical GPU mount. The case comes with a replaceable VGA Bracket, which can hold many GPUs with ease. You just have to be careful about its 350mm GPU length restriction.
The XPG Starker Air Pink is definitely a bang for the buck. Although it may seem pricey, the features justify the cost. It has a good airflow system to keep the temperatures under control. The cleaning and maintenance process is painless, thanks to its magnetic front cover and removable dust filter. The vertical VGA mount can be used to fit and show off your GPU in style.
Are there things I’d like to change in it? Of course, there are! The front I/O panel could have some more ports like the USB-C. More fans of ARGB would have been nice in this price range. But apart from that, I have no other complaints about the case. This cabinet works for both casual gamers as well as streamers. If you are going for an aesthetic setup and your color theme is pink, then the XPG Stark Air Pink will not disappoint you. You can add more ARGB fans and XPG Prime ARGB cables to add a nice touch to it. If you’re looking for a gaming mouse, then check out our XPG Alpha Wireless Gaming Mouse Review and more on GamesAdda.