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  Product:     Nikao Fusion II mATX Case  
  Price:     $59 (CAN) / $44 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Nikao/Tradex
  Author:     DrMobius
  Date:     January 23rd, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jeffrey from Nikao/Tradex Information Technology Incorporation for sending the Fusion II mATX Case for review.

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Introduction:

Most case manufacturers have been busy the last few years focusing on producing mid and full tower cases. With the HTPC trend growing over the last year, attention is being given to the even smaller Micro ATX cases. Nearly every case manufacturer now has at least one Micro ATX or HTPC case in their product line. As such, the challenge for the consumer is no longer finding a mATX based case; but finding a mATX case that is both attractive and functional. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Fusion II mATX Case from Tradex Information Technology Incorporation.

Specifications:

The Nikao Fusion II mATX case is designed in such a way where it can either be used standing vertically or laying horizontally. The case includes a 200w power supply and an illuminated LCD temperature display. Here are some specifications taken directly from the manufacturerís website:

Nikao Fusion II mATX Case - Key Specifications:
Nikao Fusion II mATX Case: Manufactured by Nikao
Dimension: 350mm (L) x 135mm (W) x 350mm (H)
Construction: Steel Metal with Heavy Chrome Coating on the Front Panel
Main Board Size: mATX
Input Voltage: 115/230 VAC
Hard Drive & Power LEDS: Included
Number of slots: 4
Power Supply: 200W Power Supply Included
External Bays Available: 1 x 5.25" (external), 1 x 3.5" (external), and 1 x 3.5" (internal)
Front USB & Audio: 2 x USB / Sound Audio Port
Ventilation: One extra 60mm Case Fans included
 
Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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The Nikao Fusion II mATX Case came shipped in a brown double-walled corrugated cardboard box with a line drawing of the Fusionís bezel printed on the face of the box. The case was packed securely between two pieces of polystyrene to prevent damage during shipping and was also wrapped in a large plastic bag.

Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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Additional plastic was taped to the case for added protection against scratches, however the tape used to secure the plastic to the case didnít come off cleanly and left some sticky residue. Once the case was unwrapped, my initial impression of the case was positive. The edges of the Fusion IIís front bezel were rounded while the bezel itself had a nice concave curve to it. The design of the front bezel reminded me of a semi-retro 50ís diner look, minus the pink and green colors.

Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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A closer inspection of the front bezel reveals the sliding door that covers the temperature LCD. The first thing I noticed while observing the layout of the LCD was it was positioned vertically while the text printed on the case was printed horizontally. Although the case can be used standing vertically or lying horizontally, neither of the positions would have all aspects of the front bezel properly aligned; youíd either have the text printed the wrong way or the LCD characters displaying the wrong way. Next to the sliding door that covers the LCD display are the oversized power button and the miniature reset button. These buttons have a nice chromed finish which adds to the 50ís retro design of the case. Running length wise across the case is the single stealth 5.25" drive bay with a spring loaded door. The button to open the 5.25" bay has a spacer attached to it in order to press the button on any standard 5.25" CD drive.
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