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The case looks very modest inside. There is no rack for drives in it. As we’ve already found out, it lacks classic 5-inch bays (the optical drive bay does not count in) whereas 3-inch bays are implemented as a 2-seat cage near the front panel. Frankly speaking, we had worried that the case would lack rigidity without such a rack, but it did not produce any sounds during our tests – the metal of its chassis is thick enough to avoid that.

There is a vent hole in the middle of the bottom panel where you can install an 80mm fan. Any ventilation is useful, of course, but it is no good that the fan is sucking in the dust from the floor or desk through the slits in the case’s bottom (the feet are standard, after all). We mean that you will have to think about a dust filter for that vent.

The expansion slot brackets are not reusable. It is easy to tear them off, but you won’t be able to put them back in.

Included with the case is an 80mm fan. You won’t have good cooling with only one fan, though.

The front panel of the chassis is empty. There is only a small HDD cage at the top while the bottom part is just a blank wall. Unfortunately, the developer did not provide a fan seat although there is quite enough room here.

The HDD cage is as simple as the rest of the interior. You just take the cage out by pulling it into the case, insert your HDDs, screw them up, and put the cage back in place. There is only one problem here. The guides of the cage are designed in such a way that you first have to move it into the case a little, then take the guides out of the grooves and pull the cage to yourself. That’s unhandy because the assembly is a reverse process: you must carry the cage into the case and then try to align its guides with the grooves. We just don’t grasp the meaning of this design solution.

The optical drive is fastened under the plastic front panel on the exterior side of the chassis. It means you have to remove the case’s front panel. It is fastened by means of six spacers shown in the photo. Attached to the panel with self-tipping screws, these spacers are inserted in the holes of the front of the chassis. The panel can be actually torn off by a strong pull, but the plastic of the spacers is so rigid that there is a high risk of breaking something. It is better to undo the self-tipping screws instead. When assembling the system the spacers should be first fastened to the front panel, and then you should attach the latter to the chassis. It is very difficult to screw the spacers into the already installed panel. Frankly speaking, this is not the best of fastening mechanisms for the front panel. The ordinary bending tabs are far easier to deal with.

Save for the above-described process of removing the plastic panel, installing the optical drive is not a problem at all. Just fasten four screws – and that’s all. But don’t forget to put the interface cable in and attach power – it is going be far more difficult to do this with the front panel installed.

There is a flat thing with power cable opposite the optical drive. It seems to be some kind of highlighting. We’ll check it out shortly.

 

Assembling a computer in this case is quite an easy process, except for the time-consuming removal and installation of the front panel (due to its poor fastening mechanism). There is ample room in the case for a graphics card – any model will fit. It is the cooling of HDDs that we have apprehensions about. They reside in a blank corner with a little bit of air from the vent hole in the right panel of the case. And the space around them is all filled with the PSU’s cables. We tried to tuck the cables under the HDDs, yet the small length of the case prevented us from doing that well enough.

The white panel with power cable is highlighting indeed. There is a blue ring shining on the front panel of the working system case. It looks cute enough.

 
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