Date: November 1st, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: CoolerMaster
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH, SETUP & INSTALLATION
Starting at the top front, first off you will notice the large solid aluminum door that allows access to your optical and floppy drives. Simply lightly pull on the right side of the door to overcome the magnets holding it closed and the spring assisted door will easily swing open.
Once the door is open, you will have access to the five external 5.25" and one 3.5" bays. One thing I do like about front case doors is that it allows the user to use cheaper standard white and/or beige floppy and optical drives seeing it doesn't really matter what they look when they are hidden during normal use with the door closed.
Moving to the lower section of the front you have the interesting audio pressure gauge (covered later) in the left center of the case and the power and reset buttons in the lower left hand corner. For my first suggested improvement, I would like to see these two buttons moved farther up closer to the middle of the case so you can reach them easier if you have you computer on the floor instead of on top of your desk.
On the right side of the lower panel you will see the front headphone jack and volume control along with a microphone connection. This is very handy when you want to quickly hook up a set of headphone for gaming or to use a microphone for online voice chat. Sure beats crawling behind you case every time.
On the left hand side are two USB 2.0 capable jacks that connect directly to your motherboard and if you have native firewire support, you can also hook up that option for a quick and easy digital camcorder connection.