Date: January 7th, 2009
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
Before we get too far into this case, let's talk a bit about its construction. Basically, what In Win has done here is to take the steel case design from the Mt. Jade series (with a few added features) and encase it in white plastic panels. Some enthusiasts will dismiss a chassis for extensive plastic usage. I never could understand this attitude provided, of course that the implementation was done well. I like what I see so far, but I'll withhold final judgment until we've had a chance to go over the entire chassis.
At first glance, it's easy to see why In Win calls the Matrix a “Tiny Tower.” At roughly 13.5 inches square and 6 inches wide, it's amazingly small yet displays the kind of proportionality that keeps it from looking “squashed” like some micro ATX cases. Black accents frame the pearl white finish and a glossy black band divides the front panel and houses the power and reset buttons as well as an HDD activity light.
Three doors with magnetic catches hide the ODD drive, I/O ports and the floppy bay. In Win provides four front panel USB ports and while they are a bit too close together for my taste, this is still a welcome feature. You also get a FireWire port and the obligatory audio ports. The doors, while all plastic, have relatively sturdy hinges allowing them to open and close silently and with little effort.
A pull-out door on the side panel allows access to the removable, washable air filter. This bit on maintenance will be so easily accomplished that folks are likely to use it!
Unlike most cases, the Matrix also includes a door on the rear of the chassis to hide the cable mess in this area. We'll go over this feature and its limitations during the installation phase. All the screws needed for installation come in a bag stored behind the rear door and a power cord for the 300W PSU is secreted inside the case.
Lifting the two indicated tabs allows the plastic rear panel to be removed from the Matrix revealing…