Date: April 22nd, 2004
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor)
Product was donated by: Casedge (A Division of Foxconn)
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The Minotaur comes shipped in a large, heavy box. Two Velcro straps keep it securely closed under layers of industrial saran wrap. CasEdge obviously wants to make absolutely certain that the Minotaur will not be damaged during shipping. I was very, very impressed. The box also has a handle on top which means if you hang onto the packaging, it will be much easier to transport this baby around to various LAN parties. And once you get this sucker all setup, I've no doubt you will want to be showing it off to all of your friends. The box design is fantastic, and really draws you in. It's obvious right from the start that you are in for one hell of an experience.
The rear of the case shows the various colors that the case comes in; Electric Yellow, Venom Green, Storm Blue, Blood Red, Arcane Purple. Personally, I like Blood Red the best (the sample that was sent to us), however the other colors are very attractive as well. My son quite likes the Venom Green.
The case is tightly packed with Styrofoam. The unit will not get damaged during normal shipping. In addition to the Styrofoam, the case is wrapped in plastic.
Inside the box, you get the case (obviously), a power cable, an instruction manual, a side panel locking bracket and screw, and a blue Cold Cathode Florescent Light (CCFL). Quite frankly, I'm a little surprised by the choice of blue. I don't know if it would be very difficult to match the color of the CCFL to the front of the unit, but if at all possible, CasEdge should try to send out red LEDs with the Blood Red case… it just makes sense.
And there she is. Oh…
I can't tell you how great she looks. The black plastic is very reflective as is the red. The eyes are frosted clear and illuminate red when the computer is turned on. I'll get more into the features in the next section.
Suffice it to say, my first impressions of this case were bang on… if anything, I underestimated just how great it would look!
But looks aren't everything… what about functionality?