The most serious changes are noticeable at the back panel of the TNN500AF: it has no door now and looks like the back panel of an ordinary system case.
The attachment of cables to the connectors at the back panel and the installation of graphics cards and other expansion cards is now an easy task, performed like with ordinary system cases.
The TNN500AF has retained the front door, but with some changes, too. The case now has a normal face panel that almost completely covers the system’s internals.
You see buttons and LED indicators on this panel – everything is much prettier than with the previous model of the case. There’s a window of dark plastic in the door. “Power” and “HDD” indicators and the remote control’s photodiode are peeping out from there.
The photodiode is receiving commands from the iMON infrared remote control unit supported by the Zalman TNN500AF.
The remote control can be set up to emulate keyboard and mouse actions, to manage windows and multimedia applications and even to start the system up or shut it down – the reception part of the iMON is attached to the mainboard’s “Power Switch” pins and is powered by the PSU even when the computer is turned off. You can always start your computer with the remote control, but to use all the capabilities of the remote control system a USB connection is necessary (the mainboard must have at least one onboard USB header).
Of course, a CD with the iMON drivers and the user manual are enclosed with the TNN500AF.
So, the Zalman TNN500AF has evolved greatly since its precursor, the TNN500A model. And fortunately, all the changes are positive as the system has become more functional and easier to use. The redesigned noiseless system case from Zalman looks more like a regular PC case, with normal front and rear panels. It doesn’t scare inexperienced users with the display of its own bowels or plates with bolt heads and buttons instead of a front panel.
After this glance over the system in general we can proceed to a more detailed examination.