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 PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With the packaging removed, we can see that the 188A has a very simple and straightforward appearance. The black, mirror-finished accent stripe down the front of the rubber panel gives the case an elegant, subdued look that I find appealing.
The flat black rubber look continues behind the door. It's a conventional layout with four big bays and two 3.5s, flanked by the power and reset buttons. The 5.25 bay covers are removable from the front, and the door is held shut with magnetic catches. The back of the door is virtually flush with inner face of the front panel when closed, precluding the use of any bay devices with protruding knobs or other features.
The 250mm fan and its highly reflective black bezel dominate the left side panel, while black metal mesh keeps fingers, as well as birds or other small animals, from coming into contact with the fan blades. The paint on the panels is the fairly common, somewhat texturized black finish we've all seen on budget cases. In this instance, however, combined with the rubber front panel and the reflective accents, it's a nice look.
The rear of the case has a very conventional layout as well, but it's clear that this is a budget case. The I/O shield and the seven expansion slot covers are of the breakout variety and non-replaceable. Aside from the big 25cm unit, no other fans are included but there are multi-size placements front and rear should the user wish to install some.
The right side has some perforated ventilation areas near the front, but is otherwise unremarkable. Two USB ports and audio ports live on this side, as well. There is a breakout for a FireWire port, but none is provided. I'm not a big fan of side-mounted ports, but that's a personal preference.