Date: September 20th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Gigabyte
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
There is a window on the left panel but rather than using acrylic, Gigabyte went with a mesh material for added ventilation. It's attached on the inside by screws and I'm sure it could be replaced with an acrylic window of the same size if desired. I think the mesh gives the case a classy look however and an ‘iSolo' logo near the bottom of the window is fairly prominent but not an eyesore. Any lights installed inside the case will still be mostly visible with this mesh window as well.
Looking inside the case reveals the drive bays, seven expansion card slots, front panel connectors and two 120mm fans – one for intake and one for exhaust. There is room for three hard drives (cage is not removable) and they will be facing outward with the intake fan blowing directly on them. While this is great for hard drive cooling, overall case airflow will suffer since it is being impeded by the drives. Installing both drives and expansion cards is tool free with only the hard drives requiring the mounting rails.
Remember no reset switch is included, and for some reason the power switch connector is significantly shorter than all the others and will not reach outside the case. A 1394 splitter is also included for older connections. A four pin molex powers the front LEDs and a split three-pin fan lead powers both the front and rear fans.
On the bottom are four rubber feet to keep the case in place and prevent scratches from showing up on the desk. They do a good job as I didn't have any issues with the case sliding around during installation or testing.
We've taken a walk around the iSolo, now it's time to install some hardware.