I finally got everything un-wrapped and the case stood up. I was not disappointed by its looks or feel. It has a very professional look with a full flush mesh removable front that is divided by a sleek chrome line. The Front panel does have dust covers behind the wire mesh which is always a very nice touch. The entire build felt sturdy and didn’t make think I was going to break something when I touched it. However, that instantly changed when I attempted to remove the front panel….
When I attempted to remove the front to access behind it, I noticed a little black piece decided to stay with the case instead of joining the rest of the front, as you can see in the picture. Putting the front back on was no easy task, I was struggling almost as much putting it on as I was taking it off. I removed the front to investigate why it was so tough and noticed the same piece that got stuck, his buddy on the other side was hanging off the front panel not allowing it to insert into the case correctly. I ripped it off and was finally able to put the front back on without any further problems. I didn’t notice any hindrance on the case or the front without those 2 pieces, so I wasn’t overly worried about it. I am sure it was bound to happen sooner or later.
As you can see the front i/o ports are on the top and include 2 usb, 1 firewire and the mic/audio all right next to the big silver power button. The reset switch took me a minute to find till I realized it is disguised as one of the other LED’s and not easy to push in. The reset switch requires a pen or paperclip to depress. I have noticed a lot of case manufactures building their cases this way. I personally hate it as I have to find something to push in the reset switch with. This of course is not a knock on the case, just a personal annoyance.
The side panel is held on by 2 thumb screws and 2 spring loaded clips which can be locked for extra security. They are of course the standard “o” style keys that most anyone with a case that locks in a similar fashion has. The side panel is sturdy and can be removed and put on easily. The panel has 2 spots for extra airflow, the cpu spot which has one of those adjustable air duct (I have yet to find a use for one of those), and a spot for the video card.
The bottom of the case has 4 rubber feet. They aren’t high enough to do justice for carpet going computers, but I guess they get the job done. Feet are feet.