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Date: October 31st, 2005
Article by: Matt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Raidmax
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



Looking inside, you can see here the interior front bezel where your ODDs would be housed. Standard slot cover punching again, this time ventilated (for whatever reason). The metal covers were easy to remove, and the front brackets clipped out fairly easily as well.




When installing a DVDROM, the drive simply slid in and the clips included in the tool-less design snapped them in exactly where I wanted them, very level with the front bezel. You can also use the included hardware to further anchor your drives to the case.



At the bottom of the case, you'll find the HDD rack. Once again, this features their clip in design, but this time only on one side of the drive, as the other side needs to be open for a fan if you'd like to put one in. The only thing I noticed is...what's the point? The air flow in and around this fan is completely blocked by the HDD tray. Its no good for bringing air into the case because of the design of the HDD tray, and its no good at bringing it out for pretty much the exact same reason. Looking closer at this case is unfortunately showing a good number of fairly obvious flaws. As well, installing a HDD was a bit of a harrowing experience. The slots need to be tight to ensure the HDD doesn't go anywhere because its only clipped on one side. Unfortunately the steel edges ended up gouging a good swath of plastic out of the side of my HDD - something I hope to never see again.



The front bezel on this case is fairly nice to look at, and fairly functional too. Once again the costing of this product is brazenly obvious, as the case is made of cheap steel, and the front bezel is made of cheap plastic. It is, however, a very eye-catching design. The front door is plastic again, and attached with a magnetic push lock, much like you may find on a TV entertainment unit, only smaller. The plastic covers for the disc drives are well painted and fairly standard, but could easily be modded into stealth drive covers, which is nice.



At the bottom of the front, you'll find a small cubby for the audio jacks (headphone and line-in) and 2 USB 2.0 ports. The connections are all inside the front bezel, and have more then enough length to reach the connectors on any motherboard.

 

INSTALLATION



I've hit a few installation points running through the review, but here you see the interior decked out in all its glory. The HDD I ended up putting in a floppy drive spot, mostly because the drive didn't fit in the place it was supposed to. You'd think the designers would have thought of this, but after installing the ATA cables and power, the right panel wouldn't close! There's a vent on the side of the case that was preventing it! Stupid design, plain and simple, and it left me pretty frustrated too. The interior is fairly spacious, and the design does allow for a bit of creativity in hiding cables and so on. Nothing incredible to point out here though...it really was a bit like the interior of a cheap basic beige case once you tore away the fancier parts.



On the front is the large blue accent light which comes on when you power on your computer - the light can be optionally left off if you don't plug in the molex connector.

 

 


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