Verre V770 Black with Window Review

Bosco - 2007-01-28 19:10:35 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Bosco   
Reviewed on: June 3, 2003
Verre
GF City Computers
Price: $65 USD

Introduction

As with many of our other technological advances, even computer cases have evolved quite a bit asthetically. From our dull, beige-coloured cases to multi-coloured ones complete with side windows, case manufacturers continue to improve on the quality of their appearance on the cases, fueling the pride of hardcore computer owners/users as well as making the computer appear to be more than "just a simple-looking machine". This time I am taking a look at the Verre V770 Black case, that also includes a side window for your viewing pleasure.


The box!


The case, photo taken with flash

Specifications

  • Acrylic Front Panels
  • Side Window
  • Four 5.25" External Drive Bays
  • Two 3.5" External Drive Bays
  • Four 3.5" Internal Drive Bays
  • 2 Front USB Slots
  • Front Line-Out and Microphone-In Jacks
  • Two 80mm Rear Exhaust Fan Spots
  • Two 80mm Front Intake Fan Spots
  • Includes "Excellent XPower" 350W Power Supply
  • The package also includes a box containing a power supply cable, a baggie of screws, as well as a PC speaker.


    Front!


    Not front! (Err.. Back!)

    As the low price would suggest, this case is not a light one, although no where near the weight of an Antec server tower. You could consider this to be the average weight of a typical computer case.


    Bottom of front pane
    (Taken after items installed)


    The front features panel, closed


    Opened, it reveals USB, and audio jacks. The FireWire indentation is probably for future models

    The front consists of a large power switch, plus a reset switch on the lower portion of the "ring" surrounding the power switch. Right below it are the standard Power and IDE LEDs, and further below that is the front panel that houses two USB slots, and line-out and microphone jacks. If you look closely, you'll also notice an indentation that is shaped like a FireWire jack. This is probably for future models of the case.


    Inside View


    Front Intake Fan Spots


    Drive Bays!

    Looking into the case, we see the room for all the drives. Should someone ever have the need to use all the drive bays in a case this small, there's room for them all here! Another missing feature that would be really convenient is the inclusion of drive rails, instead of having to open both side panels to install new drives.


    Rear Exhaust Fan Spots

    At the back of the case, we see something a little different. For a mid-tower case, they managed to squeeze in space for two 80mm exhaust fans. Most cases of this size would usually only have one.


    Connection Wires

    This little collection of motherboard wires consist of the following: Power SW, Reset SW, HDD LED, Power LED (split into two separate wires)*, USB1, USB2, Line Out, and Microphone In.

    *I've never realized why some motherboards/cases have the Power LED designed as an array of 2 or 3 pins' worth on the plug. If anyone could help me on this, please send me an email.


    The Power Supply


    The connectors


    Ouch! No room for a bottom fan?

    The included power supply, unfortunately, will not be one that I would recommend to anyone who mods his case or uses alot of lights and sounds. When I tried it with my configuration (Consisting of a CCFL, 4 fans connected to a rheobus (2 are LED fans), Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, and CD-RW drive), upon turning my Rheobus down to minimum speed, the LED fans would move in different speeds relative to each other. This is not the case when I had my Antec power supply. For a regular office configuration however, this power supply should suffice.

    The PSU contains the following: Four 4-pin connectors, One Floppy connector, the main 12V 20-pin connector, an AUX connector, and the ATX12V 4-pin connector.

    If you look closely at the bottom plate where the power supply sits on, the observant eye will notice that the plate is both too long and too wide and will obstruct any power supply that has a bottom fan grill. Although very inconvenient, the easiest method to get around that is to remove the fan grill off of the power supply, but I think it would've been better for the case manufacturers to make some adjustments to their design here.


    Left Side!


    Removable Motherboard Tray


    Bon Appetit, anyone?

    Finally, opening the other side panel, we see that the manufacturer has taken steps to *not* have any odd panels getting in the way of drive installation - a plague of many old cases. Also, after removing a single screw that holds the motherboard tray, removing it is as simple as sliding the try out, and then pulling it up. However, this method of removing a motherboard tray did not appeal to me as much as a slide out unit in Lian-Li units, and for the most part, there should be enough room to perform a direct installation with pretty much all consumer motherboards of today.

    Conclusion

    I think with the goal of keeping the case from becoming too pricey, that is the reason why the manufacturer chose to design the case in this way. However, I feel that with the case design geared more toward the enthusiast user, an aluminum-based model with room for a bottom fan on the power supply will definately score more points on it. A larger window will also work wonders. Although these changes would raise the cost of the case significantly, there will be those users who will do whatever it takes to score such a case. Very good, but still alot of room for improvement.

    Pros

  • Nice looking front
  • Compact, yet roomy enough to work with
  • Front USB
  • Cons

  • Power Supply performance is questionable
  • No FireWire port
  • Big window likes to attract dust and can be easily scratched