Date: May 16th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Aspire
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The drive cage lives just to the right of the big bays. After removing two screws the cage can be pulled up and out of its bracket in the chassis and will hold up to two 3.5 inch hard drives. Ventilation holes in the front of the chassis allow cool air to be pulled across the drive(s) by the rear exhaust fan.
The front panel connectors are well labeled. The green connector peeking out at top center is for the front audio. The power switch connector was present, but inadvertently omitted from the photo.
A 4-pin Molex passthrough powers the LCD screen on the front bezel and two sensors can be used to monitor CPU, disk drive or other temperatures at the user’s discretion. Four plastic clips and a number of screws hold the plastic bezel securely to the aluminum chassis, but make removing the bezel a bit difficult. As we’ll see later, this is not really an issue.
The X-QPACK comes with four black, soft rubber feet installed. As you can see, the handle flips up for use, is large and appears to be quite sturdy. The bare chassis, including PSU, weighs in at a svelte 8 pounds.
Well, the X-QPACK from Aspire looks pretty good so far. It’s compact, light, portable and has some very nice features. Let’s install some hardware and see how it performs.