Date: May 11th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Xclio
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
Type ATX Mid Tower
Case Material SGCC / 0.5mm thickness
With Power Supply No
Power Supply No
Motherboard AT/ATX/Micro ATX/Intel P4
With Side Panel Window Yes
External 5.25" Drive Bays 4
External 3.5" Drive Bays 2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 5
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports 2 x USB2.0 ; 2 x Audio
80mm Fans No
120mm Fans No
Side Air duct No
Dimensions 17.8'' x7.3'' x 16.3''
Features 1 x 25cm side fan with VR fan speed control
Rubber material front panel
Blue LED illumination
Excellent cooling solution
While it is a steel chassis with most of the expected design elements, the 188A is a bit unusual, dimensionally. At almost 18 inches front to back, it's a full two inches longer than any of the mids I have here in the lab. This should translate into a roomy interior and, as you can see from the above specifications, there is no shortage of drive bays. While Xclio lists a side window feature, the opening is almost completely obscured by the enormous 250mm LED intake fan. The front panel is very unusual as well. It's coated with a rubber material and features a door and some other interesting features that we'll discuss later.
The carton is rather unassuming and the packing material consists of the standard plastic bag and foam blocks.
The included hardware is pretty standard fare consisting of brass mobo standoffs, a zip-tie and mount, a ferrite ring, (how long has it been since you saw one of these included with a case?) some rubber case feet and an assortment of installation screws. There is also a padlock tab and some curious plastic pieces that don't seem to have any purpose. I'd check the user's manual, but there isn't one. There doesn't seen to be one available online, either.