Date: March 19th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
As you can see, we have a black version for this review, and I like the look a lot. The finish is matte with a brushed appearance that, while not reflective, has a certain “sheen” about it that is very appealing. The various labels and logos are not painted on, but rather laser-etched into the anodized finish. A plastic sheet protects the LCD screen during shipping.
The front panel has a great looking layout and is machined from a thick aluminum plate. When finished, the HD160XT will look right at home in your entertainment center with its simple, elegant front façade. Kudos to Zalman's design team.
The ODD opening is nicely beveled and the stealth cover will make for a nice front presentation. The eject button, like the rest of the buttons and knobs, are aluminum and has a nice feel. The volume knob has a gentle “detent” feel throughout its rotation, reminiscent of some of my vintage stereo gear. The speakers can be muted by pressing in on the volume knob. Six small buttons to the left of the volume knob provide some limited navigational capability. Near the bottom of the case on both sides, there is a machined indentation allowing the user to…
…open a flip-down door that conceals, (on the right-hand side,) the memory card reader. The card reader supports most memory cards, but the xD format is not supported. The panel is held in place by magnetic catches and incorporates a dampening mechanism for smooth, quiet operation. I really like the attention to detail, and we'll see more examples of this as we move around the HD160XT. It gives the XT a quality feel that really makes this chassis stand out from the crowd.
On the left side, the power button resides in a nicely beveled recess beneath the IR remote receiver window and pinhole for the power LED. The brushed finish and beveled openings are further examples of the attention to detail I mentioned earlier.
All buttons and ports are clearly marked with laser-etched labels. LCD control buttons are available at all times, even with the bottom door in the closed position. With the door open, audio, FireWire and USP ports are available and clearly labeled. The small hole on the left is for the LCD panel's LED status indicator and five small aluminum buttons allow the user to navigate the setup menu for the LCD panel.