In Win Commander 850W Power Supply Reviewpaulktreg - December 23, 2008
Category: Power Supplies
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Physically speaking, one power supply is very much like another these days, and it must be difficult for the manufacturers to make their products stand out from the crowd. Performance should be the deciding factor but it's now getting more and more difficult to separate the quality branded power supplies from each other on that basis alone. If power supply performance alone is not going to be the deciding factor, then manufacturers are now having to make their power supplies stand out in different ways. Does it matter how the power supply looks, because once installed into the average PC enclosure it may not be seen for years? There are cases available, the clear acrylic being a fine example, that enables the PC enthusiast to show off the technological wonders inside their latest build. This time around I am going to look at one of the latest offerings from In Win, the Commander 850W, and its slightly unusual themed apperance.
Looks like an army ammunition box doesn't it! The military theme is certainly different. The packaging is covered with a camouflage design so be careful were you put it, you may never find it again. The lid shows the In Win logo along with wattage, which is written in what could be described as a packaging crate stencil and paint type font, along with 80 Plus and SLI certified icons. Turn the box over and there is a feature list along with a detailed specification table.
Side panels contain a small In Win logo and the camouflage design.
Both end panels once again carry the camouflage design and the In Win logo. There are small pictograms showing some of the power supply features on one panel and barcode and agency approvals on the other.
Lift the lid and the first thing visible is the black modular cable case, and underneath this a white draw string bag. The power chord and screws are contained in a black cardboard box, modular cables enclosed in a sealed plastic bag and the power supply encased in bubble wrap.
I'm not sure the bubble wrap is sufficient protection; one good impact on the box side will certainly reach the power supply. A good selection of accessories are included: a black modular cable storage bag, white draw string bag, instruction manual, four power supply mounting screws, cable ties, and power cord. You will notice there are only three cable ties. Come on In Win, you can better than that, let's have ten! I must congratulate In Win on being the first manufacturer to supply the correct UK power cord.
Not sure about the camouflage design, but it's different and I feel certain it will appeal to some people. The box contents are pretty good, but a few more cable ties would be nice. Let's have a closer look at the power supply.