The system controls are all located behind the face panel. You open it up to see USB ports, power-on and reset buttons, HDD activity and power-on LEDs, and a highlighting-on button. The simple black panels with buttons are fastened to the side of the case from the inside – they are another reminder: functionality comes first, “niceties” later.
A zigzag construction is visible at the bottom. According to Zalman, it intercepts electro-magnetic interference from the system components. You find these “volutes” at the top and bottom slabs of the case. By the way, various cables – to attach the mouse, keyboard, monitor, power and so on – can be output through them when the rear panel is shut. The drives section can only be accessed when the face panel is open, of course:
With the highlighting turned on, the insides of the system are lit with two rows of LEDs – that’s beautiful, but only visible when the face panel is open:
So, the Zalman TNN500A looks like a huge passive heatsink that ended up as a PC case due to the vagaries of life. I don’t say that it looks ugly! On the contrary, its Spartan, “industrial” design makes it very impressive.
Now let’s take a look inside