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Colors-IT 8008-B3 Case + Remote


Product
PC Case
Date
18thMay 2005
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Introduction:::...

The box looks pretty good. I've seen better, but it sure as hell beats your bland, brown cardboard affair we often see. With a case as distinctive as this it certainly pays to have a decent photo of it as big as possible smack-bang in the middle of the front area.

 

 

The good looks are apparent as soon as you take the case from its box. Considering the number of functions implemented into the front fascia, it remains clean and classy looking, even if you can tell on closer inspection that you're not paying for the finest materials known to man. I don't mean they're cheap looking, I just mean they're not expensive looking.

Turning to the rear we find nothing unusual other than the three audio ports peering from one of the expansion slots. There are two grills for a pair of 80mm fans and though they're not as nice as a decent chip-basket design they're certainly not as awful as some I've witnessed. You should get a reasonable flow of air through them at any rate.

Front
Rear

 

The side of the case shows very little in ay of efficient ventilation, and being a multimedia focused case that may be a deliberate move. I say that because, and I'm generalizing here, most HTPC users don't push for the very latest, fastest, hottest components and want quiet operation. Sparing use of vents keeps fan noise inside the case at the expense of thermal performance to some extent.

Side View

 

Although it initially looks like there are four external 5.25" bays, in fact there are only three. The lower buy is a spring-latched door behind which lurks a 3.5" bay. This is fixed and you can't remove it to free it up as a fourth 5.25" bay which is a shame, though a memory card reader would probably compliment this case's specs well.

Behind the lower door is a headphone and mic socket, a pair of USB ports and a Firewire port cutout which isn't actually used. This also seems like a strange move considering the case's brief, particularly with so many digital camcorders using Firewire, though perhaps perhaps a little more understandable when you look at the price tag.

Side View

 

The chromed plastic buttons look extremely nice, though in the length of time I have this case to test there's no way I can test out how durable to coating is. I'd be more concerned about wear on the rotary volume dial as it has no depth to grip and thus needs turning using a finger tip like you would a jog/shuttle dial.

Below the PC5.1 button is the infrared window for the remote control unit. Below this is a long, acrylic strip which illuminates red. This would appear to be just a cosmetic feature.

Side View

 

From the button you can see the slot to allow extra airflow and the plastic feet which are decidedly un-hifi-like.

Side View

 

It's always nice to see drive stealthing used, particularly on components that may be used in a domestic environment, but that's only if it's done properly. One of the four drives I tried jammed against the flap rather than opening it, and a further drive couldn't even be ejected doe to the external eject button complete missing the drive's eject button.

Although the eject buttons are quite large, there's no horizontal or vertical adjustment behind them to compensate for unusual drive button placement. I'm assuming three stealth-type bays are used for aesthetic reasons as most people don't fit three optical drives to their PCs.

Side View

 

 
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