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 left panel off, we can get a good look at the big fan. It's secured with four rubber mounts to minimize vibration noise and there are five blue LEDs radiating out from the center hub. Seven swept blades should move a lot of air at low RPMs, but Xclio has provided no fan specifications.
The interior is roomy but very Spartan with no tool-free features or other noteworthy extras. The lack of internal bracing makes the 188A lightweight, but a bit less rigid than some other cases. This is not really surprising in a budget offering and with the side panels in place, the case feels very sturdy. As mentioned above, a fan can be placed in front of the lower drive cage, should the user wish to do so.
The fan speed can be controlled via the wheel knob on the left side of the front bezel. Also notice that the hinge has a steel pin, making it sturdy, but I'd just as soon not be able to see it.
USB and audio cables are present, but undocumented. While this is unlikely to be a problem, I always feel safer double-checking the wiring to make sure the pinheaders match.
Similarly, the front panel connectors are clearly labeled as to function, but there is no documentation about polarity.
The power connectors for the fan and front panel effects are straightforward and need no explanation, but a user's guide would still be nice.