Date: August 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
Xclio's Propeller has an understated, elegant look. From this angle you can see the plastic front panel with a door to hide the drives and the front ports on the right side. This panel includes some venting, but is otherwise plain. The matte front has a highly reflective stripe down the front that masks some subtle lighting effects that we'll see a bit later.
The customary USB and audio ports aren't joined by a FireWire port on the Propeller. While I'd like to see one here, it's not something that is used much anymore, but some users might bemoan its absence. Something I wouldn't like to see is the light blue case finish peeking through between the case and front bezel here.
The front door hides the bays and buttons and is held in the closed position by magnetic catches. When closed, the door will preclude the use of any bay devices with large knobs or other protrusions. On the positive side, the bay covers are easily removed from the front bezel, a nice feature when installing optical drives.
The really cool stuff is happening here on the left side. Behind this vented plastic fixture is the 360mm blue LED fan.
A power switch, LED and speed control knob let the user regulate cooling to suit the need. At the lower right is a rectangular hole and white painted arrow where the fan controller from another model resides. I don't care for this; Xclio should have at least omitted the white arrow. Oh well, they aren't the first to use the same bezel on more than one case.