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 (cont'd)
1. Remote Control Receiver
2. System Power Indicator
3. Power Button
4. LCD Power Indicator
LCD Settings - Menu
LCD Settings - Enter / Auto Adjust
LCD Settings - Cursor Control (Up/down)
5. Audio (Headphone, Mic) Port, IEEE1394 (Firewire) Port, USB Port
6. Card Reader Slot (MS/Pro/Duo, CF/Micro drive, MMC , SD , SM)
7. Keyboard Arrow Keys (Up/Down/Left/Right)
8. Enter / Multimedia Player (Windows XP MCE, M-Play) Launcher
9. Backspace / Previous
10. Volume Control / Mute
11. ODD Tray Open / Close
This graphic, from the Zalman website, explains the functions of the various controls better than I ever could.
The side panels of the XT feature machined slots and vents to aid in cooling the interior components without sacrificing structural integrity. This design not only provides good ventilation for the interior, but looks very good, too. When viewed from an angle of about 30 degrees or more, the vent holes disappear, giving the XT a sleek, streamlined appearance that makes the case seem smaller than it really is.
The rear of the chassis has a PSU cutout, two 80mm fan placements, an I/O shield opening and seven expansion card slots. The last slot is occupied by a cover that provides cable egress (we'll discuss this necessity a little later,) and can be moved (albeit with some effort,) to whichever slot best suits the user during installation. The expansion slot and I/O shield module is nickel-plated steel and quite sturdy.
Removing six screws allows the top to slide back and off the case. The top has an integrated and adjustable vent to regulate airflow to the CPU area of the case.
Inside, the front of the chassis is contains two drive cages and a lot of wires and cables. The motherboard tray is not removable and the silver-colored standoffs are pre-installed. There are a lot of wires and cables in here, but Zalman has tied them all in neat bundles and secured them for shipping.
While there are no tool free features in the XT, the HDD cage, on the left, has vibration dampening grommets to minimize drive noise, and a single screw secures each cage in the chassis. The ODD cage will hold an additional HDD, but the bottom slot will be partially occupied by the card reader.