Date: December 12th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: MGE XGBOX
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL, WALKTHROUGH AND INSTALLATION
I think you'll agree that XG's Dragon chassis is anything but subtle. The aluminum carcass is accented with plastic ornamental fixtures that add visual interest and an overall aerodynamic sleekness to the otherwise “boxy” nature of the case. This is not, however, just a reworked conventional steel case with an extensive makeover. Let's start with the front and look at the many interesting features the Dragon brings to the table.
Dominating the front façade is the brushed aluminum door cover with its stylized dragon motif. As we'll see later, XG has a few surprises awaiting the user when the system is powered up.
A press-to-open latch releases a small hatch at the top of the front bezel, revealing two USB 2.0 ports and a Firewire port flanking the audio connectors. Power and activity lights are just to the left of the color-coordinated power and reset buttons. These features are all available with the front door closed.
The door has magnetic latches to keep it closed, and when opened, reveals the expected four 5.25-inch and two 3.5-inch external bays. The door opens from right to left and swings almost, but not quite 90 degrees.
Just below the door, four chrome grilles surround the LCD screen with its chrome frame and buttons.
This photo of the top hinge area gives you some idea of the door construction. The aluminum door cover is backed by a clear plastic piece that holds the wiring and components for the lighting effects.