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The first things that you’ll notice is the obvious is the top panel’s handle that’s practically a ripped-off design of CM Storm Trooper and the design of the front panel buttons. A part of the top panel has a mesh on it for ventilation.
The left USB port is sealed for odd reason, followed by USB ports with audio connectors in the middle and then a single USB 3.0 port. A single USB 3.0 header cable supports 2 physical ports, but the manufacturer chose to implement only one and keep the left mould as empty. On the top, there’s the large power button with a smaller size reset button on the top of it. How much money is the company saving in this?
Both the sides of the top panel have a small array of vents. You can also notice passive vents on the sides of the top as well. Other than the matching protruding side panels, there’s a 140mm fan mount and a headset stand on the left side panel.
The front panel has 3x 5.25” bay drives and an exposed 3.5″ drive bezel which can be easily removed from the outside.
The vents are towards the bottom. As you can observe from the pictures, the front panel bezel touches the ground. The 5.25″ removable bezels are not meshed.
As you can see on the rear panel, there are air filters on the top and on the bottom. But the top panel’s filter wasn’t ready to come out until the entire top panel bezel was removed from the frame. 6 out of 7 PCIe slots are vented, but the cases use the most annoying PCIe installation setup, something that Bitfenix did the same with Bitfenix Merc Alpha. Only the first PCIe slot is re-usable, rest are something that you’ll need to snap them. The following was what I’ve said in the following review:
To avoid the recessed part of the PCI slots which usually lets you secure the PCI slots from the inside is not implemented here. I am not sure if its to cut costs for some other reason- but whatever the reason: you’ll need to balance the PCI installation part a bit on the outside and bit on the inside. Unscrew, remove the metal bracket from the case, then remove PCI cover of the slot(s) you want to use, hold the card with your right hand, put back the securing bracket and screw it back with the left. Its a hassle, especially with more than one card being installed. Even if you want to remove one card: you remove all the screws from the PCI slots.
This case has started to make few bad impressions already. You can also see that the paint on the screws have come off, most likely at the time when this case was put together.
The handles don’t really help. It’s made of plastic and you do have to wrestle a bit to make the side panel slide out. Without the section on the side panels to hold and pull- other than the plastic which is bound to break- this is a problem.
The case has 4 case feet with and a fan filter to prevent dust from being collected within the power supply.
I don’t really understand why the heck did the manufacturer decide to have the front bezel touch the ground. Typically, it kept short so you that you can reach the front panel handle from the underbelly of the case to remove to the front panel bezel from the frame. In this case, you have to lift it at an angle.