/ Chenming - Black Dragon Full Tower Case
Author : Wayne
Date : February 12th 2002
3DVelocity would like to thank Pete over at Overclock.co.uk
for providing this case for review.
A Closer Look :
The first thing I need to
mention is that the Black Dragon isn't really black, not in
the true sense of the word. It's more your typical charcoal
hi-fi gray. This isn't a criticism as, for some reason, this
lighter black coupled with the matt finish seems to stop your
usual beige drives from looking quite so out of place.
The case stands at a shade
over 26" high and is manufactured from 1.0mm SECC sheet
its height it does feel surprisingly stable, probably due in
part to its weight of around 39lbs. If you want to play safe,
the Black Dragon comes with the same swing-out feet found on
most of the Antec/Chieftec range. I've read in other reviews
that these are easily broken but from my experience they're
more than strong enough to do the job they're meant for.
All the external drive bays are hidden away behind
a swing-out door panel. This isn't the strongest of structures
feels as though it could be fairly easily damaged. That said,
its purpose in life is to keep your drives away from prying
eyes not protect you from incoming heat seeking missiles. The
lock is a nice touch but it needs to be viewed as nothing more
than a deterrent. If somebody wants this panel open they'll
do it with relative ease, lock or not. Needless to say you get
a couple of keys supplied with the case.
For those who's rather remove the panel completely, this is
easily done by pressing on the tension mounted pivot. My only
complaint would be that I'd have liked to see the door able
to hinge from either side.
Just below the bottom of the door panel are the
usual power and reset buttons and of course a power and HDD
activity LED. The reset button is a nice size, easily pressed
with a finger but not so easy to press by accident. It's also
recessed slightly to minimise accidental pressing. Both the
power and reset buttons feel responsive and have a reassuring
"click" to them.
side of the front fascia is a release button. Pressing both
buttons allows the fascia to be removed to gain access to the
internal bays. The fascia locates using four guide pegs that
in my opinion are a little too long as they tend to wedge when
trying to remove the fascia. Once wedged it can be all to easy
to snap at least one of them off if you're heavy handed.
On a security note, the left hand fascia release
button can only be pressed with the side panel removed so if
the side panel release is locked (covered later), it's not possible
to remove the front fascia without using force.
the front fascia removed it's a simple case of snapping off
the required bay blank and slotting in your drive/s. The Black
dragon uses drive rails which screw onto the sides of the drive
and allow it to be easily slid into place.
Below the six 5.25" bays is the floppy drive
cage. This nifty idea allows the cage to be removed simply by
undoing two thumb screws. Once removed, installing your FDD
is simplicity itself and certainly a damned site easier than
trying to mess about screwing it into place from inside the
case. The two thumb screws on the FDD cage are captive, that
is they remain attached to the drive cage even when unscrewed
which is particularly useful for people like me who could lose
an elephant in a phone box
Just below the two thumb screws are the two release
catches used for removing the lower fascia.
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