Date: February 5th, 2007
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 packing materials removed, the F430 is revealed in all its glory. While there is no doubt that we are looking at a computer case here, some subtle styling influences from the Ferrari F430 can easily be seen.
See what I mean?
Some manufacturers promise such things as “piano” and “automotive” finishes, but I'm often very disappointed by the execution. In most cases, the finish is marred by an uneven, “orange peel” look that is very unsatisfying. Not so with the F430. As you can see, the finish is very glossy with no hint of orange peel. The plastic and steel parts are a perfect match in both color and shine, another problem with some other cases I've seen. It's the best finish I've ever seen on a stock case. I can't say enough good things about this finish, so I'll shut up about it now. The manual is also quite good. Printed on heavy, glossy stock, it has many color illustrations to aid the user in getting a system installed.
The four 5.25-inch bay covers are flat black with silver mesh while the 3.5-inch covers are the same color as the rest of the case. The large air intake features a chrome accent and all three intakes have a perforated metal backing. The entire bezel is crowned toward the center giving this facade a bit more visual interest than a flat surface.
The left side of the bezel houses the I/O ports. From the top, we have a single FireWire, four USBs and the customary audio (microphone and headphone) jacks. I wish more cases came with four USB ports near the front. It seems like the two on my case are always full. While I prefer these ports on the front of the case, at least they are on the right side…err…left side. Well, you know what I mean. The large button in the center is the power button and reads, “START ENGINE.” The significance of this will become clear later. Below the start button is a reset button and a red HDD activity light.