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  Product:     Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case  
  Price:     $120 (CAN) / $95 (U.S)  
  Supplied By:     The Cutting Edge
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     January 10th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Chris from The Cutting Edge for sending the Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case for review.

The Cutting Edge

Introduction:

The aluminum chassis definitely represents a niche market in which a certain level of quality and construction are expected. Products from manufactures such as Cooler Master and Lian Li have produced the largest impact and set the standards amongst all other chassis in this class. The often high associated price tag of owning an aluminum chassis has slowly stabilized to a more acceptable figure thanks to a breed of budget oriented offerings. The mid-range based enclosures incorporate the welcome aesthetics along with similar functionally and features of a luxury model all at an appealing price point. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum case.

Specifications:

The Kingwin KT424-BK is one of the four available models from the recent KT 424 chassis product line. Users have other options from the KT 424 line up which include a pre-modified blue side panel window. The Kingwin KT424-BK is an all aluminum mid-tower targeted towards the budget case market. Unique features include a slide out motherboard tray, shock-absorbing system to promote greater silence from disk drives, front USB/Firewire and more. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Kingwin and Cutting Edge websites:

Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case - Key Specifications:
Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case: Manufactured by Kingwin
Dimensions: 440mm (H) x 208mm (W) x 500mm (D)
Unit Weight: 20 lbs
Material: Aluminum alloy
Drive Bays: 10 (4 x 5.25" External, 2 x 3.5" External, 4 x 3.5" Internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Mainboard Type: Baby AT, Micro ATX, ATX
Case Fans: 3 (2 x 80mm Front, 1 x 80mm Rear)
Panel Features: 2 x USB, 1 x Firewire, 1 x Power, Reset, LED
Slide out motherboard tray
Folded edges to protect your finger from cuts and scrapes
Complete tool-less design
Special Features: Special anti-shock absorber system for H.D.D, front hidden fan controller
 
Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case
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Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case
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The Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case ships in a retail corrugated box braced with the Kingwin Logo and a clear product shot across the front. Key highlights and several smaller detailed images can be found at the rear of the packaging. Two pieces of polystyrene blocks hold the case vertically and prevent any damage during transit.

Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case
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Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case
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Out of the box, my initial impressions of the Kingwin KT424-BK were very positive. Incorporating several design characteristics from rival popular aluminum models, the KT424-BK appears to be a hybrid in design of a Cooler Master and Lian Li. The KT424-BK is and ATX based case constructed entirely from 2.00mm aluminum-mg alloy and measures 440mm (H) x 208mm (W) x 500mm (D) with a weight of 20 lbs. As previously mentioned, the Kingwin KT424 is available in two different designs and colors for both stock and pre-modified solutions. One of the key points of the KT424-BK is the price/value ratio. Running under 130$ CDN for an aluminum case will appeal to many.

Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case
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Kingwin KT424-BK Aluminum Case
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A rectangular intake vent dominates the center portion of the front bezel. The intake strikes a good balance between design and function paired with two 80mm intake fans directly behind. A small metal mesh material constructs the bulk of the vents design. The lower right hand potion of the front bezel features a small clear flip-down door, which conceals two USB 2.0 ports along with a single Firewire IEEE 1394 port. If the small door been black in color, a more uniform look would be at hand further blending into the front bezel design.
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