Date: March 29th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: FSP Group
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FSP went all out with the packaging for the Zen 400. The retail carton is both attractive and informative and even includes a window through which the prospective customer can get a glimpse of the Zen with its finned heatsink and blue finish.
Along with the PSU, FSP includes a user's guide, a wall power cord, a zip-bag with mounting screws and a domed case badge and a couple of Velcro cable management ties. The user's guide is attractive and printed in five languages, but rather short on useful information.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
FSP's Zen 400 has a unique look. As you can see, the top (or bottom, depending how it's mounted) is a thick aluminum plate with machined fins to help dissipate the heat generated inside the case. The plate contacts the internal heatsinks, providing a conduit to the outside environment. The Zen's high efficiency also helps here, as less energy is converted to heat. The case is also vented on four sides to allow cooler air to circulate around the interior. The anodized heatsink plate almost matches the blue finish on the rest of the case, and the rocker switch at the rear completes the blue color scheme as it emits a blue glow when in the on position.
The cables are fully sleeved in a blue mesh material and secured with blue shrinkwrap. The only exception is the 6-pin PCI-E cable, which is orange for some reason. Besides the 20+4-pin ATX main connector, there is a 4-pin +12V CPU connector, four SATA power connectors on two lines, six peripheral 4-pin Molex and two floppy connectors on two lines as well as the 6-pin PCI-E. All in all, a pretty complete set of connectors given the wattage rating and intended purpose. The cable lengths aren't overly generous, but should work well for the majority of the target audience, and HTPC users should have no issues at all.