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Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Rosewill
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH



From this angle, the Ranger appears very professional and businesslike, but this will change as we proceed. Starting at the top, there is room for a pair of 120/140mm fans behind the honeycomb mesh panel, and Rosewill includes a 140mm unit right out of the box. As you can see, the right side panel is very plain, aside from the black paint finish which has a bit of gloss and a bit of texture for a good look. Up front, the Ranger sports three big bays and an adapter cover for adding a 3.5-inch external device while the lower portion hides a 120mm red LED intake fan. An abundance of metal mesh is surrounded by glossy plastic to give the front panel a pleasing look and provide some dust control, as well. At the very top of the front panel…


 

 


…Rosewill provides a relatively well-appointed I/O panel. From left to right we have an e-SATA port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the obligatory audio jacks, red HDD activity LED, and the reset and power buttons. The red LED front intake fan will serve in lieu of a power LED, and the panel is compact and quite serviceable, although I would like to see a bit more room around the USB ports to allow the use of larger devices without blocking the other port.



Out back, the Ranger features a fairly conventional layout, as modern ATX cases go. From the top down, Rosewill provides three grommetted access holes for external wiring or watercooling tubing followed by the motherboard I/O panel and 120mm exhaust fan. Seven expansion bays sport replaceable, vented covers and the power supply opening will allow the user to orient the PSU in either direction. The back panel has plenty of ventilation and a matching black finish, lending a uniform look back here.


Both side panels are secured with thumbscrews and the left panel features a small window with beveled edges and a unique shape. The lower mesh panel will support up to two 120mm fans, or a single 120mm fan can be placed in one of three positions to allow the user to customize cooling in the graphics card area, apropos in a gaming chassis. However, no fans are included here.



The bottom of the case has a matching paint finish as well as four tall plastic feet that will allow ample airflow to the PSU fan vent and the optional bottom fan, should the user wish to place one here. There are what appear to be mounting lugs for a PSU fan filter here, but none is provided.



A sharp pull on the bottom of the front panel reveals the front of the chassis. All the front panel I/O cables are attached to the panel, so some careful handling is in order to avoid damaging anything here. The three big bay covers are replaceable and the 120mm intake fan features red LEDs for an aggressive look. As I mentioned earlier, the bay covers and lower portion of the plastic bezel feature foam air filters, but the large cutout at the bottom will allow plenty of air flow to the fan, but likely will render the foam ineffective for dust control purposes. Also worth noting here is the fact that, while at first glance the case appears to support up to four 5.25-inch devices, this is not the case.

 

 


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