Date: March 28th, 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
The “front panel” I/O ports live on the top of the case under a sliding door, and consist of a FireWire and two USBs. Conspicuously absent are audio ports. Black screws would have made a much better choice here. Oh, well.
The large plastic door swings open from the right and holds some lighting effects that we'll discuss later. The bezel has five big bays and a single 3.5-inch bay flanked by the reset and power buttons. A feature that I really like is the ability to remove the bay covers with the front panel in place.
Perforated metal screening protects the fan from foreign objects and gives the front facade a nice look. The cone on the hub is a nice touch and this feature is applied to the side fan, as well.
With the side panel off of the case, the 25cm fan and wiring become visible. The need for two power leads will become clear during the installation phase of this review. Steel rivets secure the window to the panel and the nacelle feature proves to be purely cosmetic. I'd hoped to see some kind of ducting scheme to channel air into the case from the front fan, but no such luck.