Date: October 1st, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sentey
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With all the packaging removed, we get our first good look at the Optimus. For a budget case, it sure has a lot going on, stylewise. A high-gloss paint finish matches the glossy plastic top and front panels quite well and there are a number of mesh panel accents around the exterior that are not only attractive but functional as well. Furthermore, several molded accents around the top and front of the case are more ornamental than functional, with the exception of the top vents just in front of the meah panel. While there’s nothing plain about the Optimus, it’s not overly gaudy either.
Power and reset buttons are underlined by a status light bar and live just above the front I/O panel, consisting of a digital card reader (supporting MMC and SD media,) two USB 2.0 ports, audio ports, and a fan controller. A second light bar runs vertically across the lower mesh panel to add some more visual interest to the front panel. Another nice feature here is the drop-down ODD door, allowing for a uniform front panel look. Of course, if more than one optical drive is used this will be moot. We’ll check out the functionality during the installation phase of the review.
Out back, the Optimus features a 120mm exhaust fan and a pair of tubing openings for the watercooling folks and Sentey offers seven expansion bays with vented, non-replaceable covers and the bottom PSU opening allows the user to mount the power supply in either orientation. The side panels are secured with thumbscrews and the left panel features a plastic pod with metal mesh that conceals a 180mm intake fan.
The bottom of the case sports four plastic feet, a fan placement below the drive cage and another large vented area complete with a removable, washable dust filter. Like the rear panel, the bottom features the same black matte finish as the rest of the interior.