Date: October 16th, 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 (cont'd)
An oblong, beveled cutout near the bottom of the case provides air intake for the two 92mm fans.
Black mesh with a lot of open area covers protects your fingers and allows the red LEDs to throw a lot of light out of the front of the case. You can also see an example of the helpful hints strategically placed around the case.
With the protective film removed, the window is crystal clear and, from the outside, any mounting solutions are invisible. The window is flush with the panel and the tolerances around the edges are very tight. The phrase, “no visible means of support” comes to mind. There are no screws or rivets to disturb the smooth surface of the panel.
Thunbscrews keep the side door (yes, it really is a door) securely closed, even though there is also…
a latch. This cleverly designed mechanism has a spring-loaded handle to keep it tight against the panel when not in use. In case you forget how it works, Zalman has provided a graphic to remind you. This kind of reminds me of the stuff you see on fighter jets. You know, like “NO STEP” and “INTAKE” and the like. (Thumbscrews AND a latch? Sort of like wearing a belt AND suspenders, but I digress.)
When unlatched, the door swings open smoothly and quietly on permanently lubricated hinges. Like the rest of the Fatal1ty case, the hinges are quite sturdy. Or, as my ol' Daddy would say, “Hell for stout.”
From the inside, you can see how the window is secured. Very nice! Threading blind holes in a 5mm panel can't be easily (or cheaply) accomplished, even with the latest manufacturing technology.