|-- Looking around the Case
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The front of the case a bit different, there are a
few extras that I haven't seen before.
The power button is a gigantic rectangle
right smack in the middle of the plexi. At the bottom of the plexi,
it says Digital which I am not sure means much. I guess it might
be referring to the USB/Audio ports on the front.
The front of the case has the port
extenders for the USB and two audio ports. The cables themselves
are labeled MIC and AUX.
The one thing that sets this case apart are
the two 5.25" bay covers. Its a stealth mod with a spring
held cover and button that works! The bay hides your cdrom/dvd/cdrw drive, but does let you
eject with a button. They do assume that your eject button is to
the bottom right, which is correct in most cases. The slot where
the tray would come is held together by a small spring that is strong
enough to hold the cover in place and let the tray slide out. Now
the problem is, this is great for people with tray loading drives.
The ones with the slot load would not have much luck with this little
The overall construction of the case is
pretty good. My usual test is to sit on top of them, if they don't
bend or crunch under my weight then so far so good. The finish on
the case is a bit rougher than most, I assume this is the scratch
resistant surface CrazyPC mentioned.
I always liked pre-modded
top blowholes. I first saw them on CM cases, which I guess made
other manufacturers catch onto. There's isn't too much 'blowhole'
as most of us are accustomed to. Just a few slits are there with 4
punch fan holes to attach your fan. One issue is that, it only
accepts an 80mm fan. Anything larger and you're going to need to
hack it in there. Another minor issue is that in their screws bag,
they don't include any fan screws. Now if I was to build and
manufacture a case that had a blowhole, I would throw some fan screws
just to make things easier. They cost next to nothing, so I don't
know why it was omitted. It's kind of like bringing your thirsty
camel to the lake to drink but knocking him out when he gets there...or
something like that, you know what I mean.
The back of the case is where you'll find
the exhaust fan. This is the only fan that comes with the case,
there's no intake fan. I like the twirl cut of the metal here for
The I/O panel sits to the left of the
exhaust, which you'll need to attach yourself. Its in the goodies
bag along with the screws. There's a hole under the exhaust and
next to the I/O panel, this is where you have your cables from the front
ports out to the back.