Date: October 17th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES (From Antec)
Fusion, the newest member of the LifeStyle family of enclosures, seamlessly blends Quiet Computing, versatility and impeccable style to media PCs. Utilizing an innovative three chamber thermal design and Quiet Computing™ features like vibration-dampening silicone grommets, it is so quiet you won't have to relegate your media PC to a closet to make out the softest passages in your favorite movies or music. Combined with a highly-efficient 430W power supply with active PFC, you can rest assured that the Fusion will be a good citizen on the power grid even as it quietly records your favorite shows.
Aluminum plate front bezel with Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) and Volume Control to work with media center applications. Includes space for user-mounted IR Receiver
Triple chamber structure to separate heat and noise of power supply, hard drives and motherboard for cooler and quieter operation
Quiet high-efficiency 430 Watt ATX12V v2.0 power supply with universal input and active PFC
Removable HDD brackets with extra soft silicone grommets to reduce vibrational noise
Advanced cooling system:
- 2 x sidemounted 120mm TriCool™ 3-speed fans
Low profile desktop height to fit in any environment
3 Drive Bays
- Front Accessible: 1 x 5.25"
- Internal 2 x 3.5"
4 Expansion Slots
Motherboard: Micro ATX form factor (9.6" x 9.6")
Front-mounted ports for easy multimedia connections
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire®, i.Link®)
- Audio In and Out
Durable 0.8mm cold rolled steel construction
The Fusion arrived at my door in a plain brown shipping box. After opening the box, you're presented with the same attractive, informative packaging Antec is known for. Antec took cues from Microsoft on the coloring, and I'll touch on that later.
Opening the box, the first thing you see is the instruction booklet, which also contains a driver CD.
Once removed from the box, the Fusion is packaged neatly and safely between two foam blocks.
Removing the packaging, you're treated to your first look at the case. All necessary hardware is enclosed inside the case.
Underneath the drive rack, you'll find a small bag of parts. Aside from the usual screws, there's a large plate, a few smaller, interlocking plastic blocks, and a power cable.