IN WIN Fanqua Reviewjlqrb - December 13, 2009
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With the case out of the packaging the first thing i noticed was the large 220mm side case fan. The fan has LED lighting and its inclusion in a budget case really sets the Fanqua apart from other manufacturers in the same price range. On the panel next to the fan is a small black switch which is a toggle switch that can turn the LED light on the fan on or off. The side panel that houses the fan has a metal mesh design which gives you a limited view into the case. The mesh will allow for good airflow but the holes are quite large which might not prevent dust from getting into the case. This could quickly become a problem as it does not take much time for dust to build up. The other side of the case is pretty simple. It has a indented groove that works as a handle to help remove the panel as needed and a small vent at the bottom for airflow. The front of the case has a stylish appearance with drive bay covers extending down to the bottom of the front bezel. Each cover starts with the top nearly flat with the front panel and extends outward near the bottom; this gives the front a sort of shingled look to it. The back side of the case is gray in color and has the usual rear I/O expansion access areas and a 120mm exhaust fan.
The front panel on the Fanqua is plastic and sits above the top bay cover. The panel has a power button, reset switch, power and HDD activity lights, two USB 2.0 ports, HD/AC 97 Audio jacks and an e-SATA port. IN WIN has added their name to the front panel, but did so in a way that is not distracting or overly flashy. Behind the front panel on top of the case is the top 120mm exhaust fan that helps prevent any hot air from storing at the top of the case. The top exhaust fan has a fan guard over it, which gives a nice look to the case.
The front bezel comes off by pulling at the bottom of the plastic panel and requires a good amount of force to get it off. Once removed you get a view of the front expansion bays of the case. The internal bays are covered with a thin metal layer that is attached to the inner front portion of the case. To remove the metal layer that covers the bay you must snap them out of place by bending them outward. With the metal layer out of the way you still need to remove the plastic bay cover on the bezel. This is done by pushing in on the flaps at each end that hold it into place and with these out of the way, a 5.25" drive will now slide into the bay. The top internal bay has an included 5.25" to 3.5" adaptor that mounts a floppy drive and the included adaptor also has the ability to fit a 2.5" drive. This will allow for the installation of either a single SSD or floppy drive. If you are installing a floppy drive you will need to remove the inner part of the top bay cover, as this will allow the front of the drive to slip though to give you access to the drive. Below the bays is a 120mm case fan that brings in cool air from the front of the case to cool the hard drive area. The plastic covers have a thin dust filter included in them to prevent dust from entering from the front of the case.
Now that we have had a good look at the outer portion, we can now take a look inside and installing some parts.