Date: November 3rd, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: In Win
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With the packaging removed, the Android is revealed in all its robot-like glory. In Win has never been shy about pushing the styling envelope and this case is a prime example. The Android has a very distinctive look and I'm a bit intrigued by the bay cover detail. The top of the case features a raised pod holding a 120mm exhaust fan, while the right side panel has some ventilation slots at the bottom and an indentation near the back of the panel to aid in sliding the panel back to remove it.
The front I/O panel is well populated, but lacks the USB 3.0 port that is becoming more common on upper-end chassis' these days. From left to right, there's a green power button that pulls double duty as the power on indicator with the small reset button next to it. A hard drive activity LED is followed by the USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks and an eSATA port. All functionality is labeled on the area below the ports. Just below this is a floppy drive bay with an externally removable bay cover. While this may be a draw for folks that still use a floppy drive, there aren't many of us left and the dark, recessed area makes the front panel look, well, a little funny.
Aside from the 2.5-inch bay, the Android features five external 5.25-inch bays with unique removable covers. There is also an internal HDD cage concealed behind the lower mesh panel that has room for three hard drives and features its own 120mm fan.
The bay covers are easily removed by depressing either of the black, spring-loaded buttons along the sides of the front panel. Unlike the vast majority of cases though, the Android doesn't have a traditional front panel that comes off the chassis for installation. Instead, the individual bay covers can come off to give the user access to the bay block-off plates that they conceal, allowing the devices to slide in from the front. The chassis plates must be broken out of the chassis, but they can be replaced and secured with screws.