Date: November 22nd, 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
The Dragon Rider bears more than a passing resemblance to the Dragon Slayer, but there are also some noticeable differences. Aside from the increased size of the chassis and more front bays, the right side panel is the most interesting thing in this photo. The panel features a sizeable bump-out that will allow users to run more and larger cables (like the PSU main power cable, for example) behind the motherboard tray area. After all, cable management is just as important in a big case as it is in a smaller one. The panel also features a raised mesh area that sports a 120mm intake fan to cool the back of the motherboard in the socket area. The fan features blue LEDs for a bit of visual interest on this side of the case, something one doesn't see very often.
Like the Slayer, the Dragon Rider features bay covers that are removable from the front of the chassis and have two layers of mesh. The finer mesh provides some measure of dust control, while the outer mesh conveys In Win's “chain mail” armor look. Shiny accents in the otherwise matte front panel give a little extra visual interest and some raised dots at the top and bottom evoke the idea of rivets. In Win went with a dark gray finish for the case body and it blends in nicely with the front panel and mesh accents. Front and center on the Dragon Rider is the In Win logo that emits a blue glow when the computer is running.
The top bay cover has a removable insert to allow the user to install a floppy-sized device, and this assembly can be placed in any suitable bay on the front panel.
Up top, the well appointed I/O panel shares space with some fan placements, one of which is populated with a 120mm exhaust fan featuring In Win's signature green blades, but no LEDs. The raised, shiny I/O panel proudly displays the Dragon Rider script below the power and reset buttons. From left to right, I/O functionality includes audio ports, a pair each of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and a pair of e-SATA ports. It's refreshing to see a manufacturer give the nod to a near-legacy input for those of us that still use 1394 devices.