Sentey Burton Reviewairman - February 16, 2011
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From the front, the Burton has a sleek look, with integrated drive-concealers (a first for a case that I've owned). This is a feature mostly found on pre-built machines, such as those from HP or Dell, which is good to have since the color of your drive doesn't matter. They also keep the front of the case looking exactly how Sentey intended it to, regardless of which drives, if any, are used. The plastic on the front definitely fingerprints easily, as seen. Each drive bay cover has a mesh stripe through it, which wraps around from the sides of the case. The bottom drive cover has the Sentey logo on it, which is a good focal point of the case. Beneath the drive covers is the front mesh grille for the 120mm fan, with ducting surrounding it. The side left side panel has a plastic add-on piece with vents also around a mesh area in the center, which surrounds the handle that releases the side panel. I like having the handles on the side panels, as it gives it a modular look and adds depth. Both side panels are secured with two thumbscrews, but they aren't entirely needed except for the added security.
Looking at the rear of the case shows the seven expansion slots, the 120mm fan, water cooling grommets, and the dual-purpose power supply bracket. Dual purpose here, by my definition, means that the power supply can be turned facing up or down, depending on the user's preference and potential wiring management and cooling advantages from one way or another. A fan grille can be seen on the bottom underneath where the power supply will be located, though I'll provide a closer look at that next. The right side panel also has a handle just like that of the left panel, but does not have the mesh or the vent surrounding it.
As seen through the opening in the PSU bracket, the Burton has fan grilles on the bottom that allow air to reach the power supply intake if the fan is pointed downwards. This helps very much over cases that do not have this feature (though rare), because if the power supply is pointed downwards the intake track can be suffocated severely causing high temperatures in the power supply — obviously not good. These grilles also have a fine mesh cover to prevent the case getting too much dust into it, but mainly for the sake of the power supply. The top of the case has a similar look as the front, with the mesh covering two fans this time and the glossy plastic sunk in around it. This is also where the I/O ports (covered by a sliding door) and power/reset buttons are located. There are also four other buttons that I'll explain next.
Providing a close-up of the top I/O panel and door also reveals a built-in memory card reader, which is also a first! The four silver buttons on the outside are labeled F1-F4. These control the power to each set of fans, side, rear, top, and front. The speeds aren't variable, but it's still a convenient feature. The reset button is the pill-shaped one on the left, and the power button is the larger one on the right, surrounded by a plastic circle that illuminates blue as the power LED, and flashes red for HDD activity. Underneath the door are all the I/O ports. These include four USB ports (only 2.0), audio jacks, an eSATA port, and again, a new discovery for me in cases I've worked with — there is a standard SATA power and signal port, for which the included extension cables are used. It's a neat idea, similar to the built-in docks I've seen on other cases, but this seems a little more practical for me, as I could hook up any SATA device externally for quick diagnostics or even an "external" hard drive without the need for an enclosure. I guess it might only get used by a small percentage of owners, but it's still pretty neat and I definitely would use it.
Before moving onto the inside of the case, I wanted to give a quick look at the external handles on the side panel and the vent surrounding the one on the left panel. The mechanism is simply squeezed towards the back of the case, which will release a tab on the inside that holds the panel in place. The mesh and venting surrounding the handle on the left panel supplies air to the fans located on the inside of the case pointed towards the video card, which will be displayed on the next page. There's not really much else to say about these handles, but since they're unique, I wanted to provide a close look at them.
Removing the front bezel was a little difficult due to the tight fit of the clips holding it on, but I was able to get it with a little bit of prying. There are six (three on each side) that need to be squeezed to release the bezel. Of course, all six don't need to be squeezed at the same time; one of them can be squeezed and pushed out at a time, but you must keep tension on the others by starting at a corner and getting a finger or two underneath it. The five drive bay slots can be made out in the steel cut-out, and the bottom one shows that it has an inner cut-out of a 3.5" device — though the 5.25" slot cover does not. This particular stamping is probably from another model, from which they could have adopted some of the add-ons and "makeup".
With the outside of the case examined, let's move on to the inside of it!