Date: November 12th, 2006
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
Moving around to the left side, we see some other departures from the Fatal1ty design. The large, rectangular window is still here, but the side panel is divided into two sections, and both sections are hinged. Four thumbscrews secure the panels, but…
…there are also steel buttons and magnetic catches to keep the door closed, and Zalman has included rubber pads near the thumbscrew holes to cushion the case and door. Note the attention to detail here. The panels are machined to eliminate all sharp edges and the steel button is threaded into the door, yet no hole or fastener is visible from the outside. Nice!
One of the annoyances of the original Fatal1ty case was the side door. It wouldn't open far enough to rest on a table when the case was laid on its side. Zalman has addressed this issue by redesigning the door's hinge to let it swing almost 270 degrees. The hinges themselves are very sturdy and operate both easily and silently. They are also essentially invisible, a testament to their design and execution.
The window sits in a relief machined into the panel and is held in place with rubber washers and steel screws. If the window looks a bit dark, it's because I haven't removed the protective plastic sheet. I assure you, it's crystal clear.