Date: October 31st, 2007 (Boo!)
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Constructed of steel with an aluminum front bezel, the Fusion has a low profile, A/V receiver look that will integrate perfectly with just about any home theater setup. The finish on the front bezel will show fingerprints, but at the same time they are easily wiped away. The top panel has an air vent positioned above the expansion card slots to aid in video card cooling.
The LCD and optical drive cover are located on the left side of the front bezel. A small sheet of plastic covers the LCD screen to protect it, although I removed it only to find that a bit of dust still appeared to be trapped underneath. While this is not a huge deal, I was expecting it to be dust-free.
Moving on to the center are a firewire port and two USB 2.0 ports, which always seem to come in handy.
Rounding out the front bezel on the right side is a headphone and microphone jack as well as large volume control knob with the reset switch, HDD activity light, and power buttons below it. A blue ring of light surrounds the power button when turned on, and the HDD activity light is blue also.
The left side panel has more air vents to help out with cooling the hardware inside.
The right side has two 120mm exhaust fans which we'll get a better look at once the case is open.