Date: September 16th, 2003.
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Athenatech
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PRODUCT FEATURES & WALKTHROUGH
For a decent looking steel case with an included power supply, the value for the money is pretty high because of the following.
Starting off, the case has the ability to fully house four 5 1/4" drives. Now the one reason that I chose to review this particular case is because of the white face. Now with most optical drives today being white, I found this case to be a trouble free upgrade seeing you won't have to stealth or paint your bezels. Just slip them in and they will look fine.
Speaking of slipping the drives in place, you won't find an easier tool-less install than on this case. Using the same mechanism as many Antec(tm) cases, all you have to do is push the drive in place and then pull the tab towards the front to lock it in. To remove, pull the tab towards the back of the case and pull the drive out. Very slick and easy.
In addition, you will have the ability to access two external 3 1/2" bays for your floppy or zip drives.
The power button has two blue LED's built into the clear surrounding bezel. The left side is to indicate your drive activity while the right power LED will illuminate and stay on while the computer is running. And as with most cases on the market, it has a reset switch just below the power button.
Now this is a feature I wish more case manufacturers would adopt. With a light press, the top door will pop open and you will have access to two USB ports and a microphone and headphone jack. Seeing that in most cases (pun intended) people have their case on the floor for pure convenience and to have access to cooler air. With the connection panel mounted on the top, you won't have to bend over to connect your peripherals which in my mind gets to be a little bit of a pain in the butt from time to time.