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  Product:     Nikao Fusion V mATX Case  
  Price:     $59 (CAN) / $44 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Nikao/Tradex
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     April 13th, 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 V mATX Case for review.

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Introduction:

The need for a full tower based power system along with the motto ‘bigger is better’ has since been replaced with a more efficient solution in the form of computer systems based on the micro ATX form factor. The ability to run a quiet, compact system with rival performance to a full size desktop machine while saving precious desk space has allowed the micro ATX form factor to gain a wealth of popularity in office and home theater environments. Today in MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Nikao Fusion V mATX Case, the latest revision of the previously featured Fusion II.

Specifications:

The Nikao Fusion V mATX case is steel based solution designed upon the mATX form factor and can be placed horizontally or vertically. The Nikao Fusion V mATX case is offered in both silver and silver/black combinations complete with a 200W power supply and front USB/Audio ports. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Tradex Information Technology website:

Nikao Fusion V mATX Case - Key Specifications:
Nikao Fusion V mATX Case: Manufactured by Nikao
Dimension: 350mm (L) x 135mm (W) x 350mm (H)
Weight: 12 lbs
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 V mATX case ships in a standard double-walled corrugated cardboard box with a basic illustration of the case gracing the front. Two pieces of polystyrene combined with a plastic bag protect the case during shipping.

Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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Out of the box my initial impressions of the Nikao Fusion V mATX case were positive. The Nikao Fusion V mATX case follows a steel construction with plastic bezel and measures approximately 350mm (L) x 135mm (W) x 350mm (H) with a weight of 12 pounds. The overall design of the Nikao Fusion V mATX case strikes a nice balance between size and style and allows for the unit to be positioned vertically or horizontally.

Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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Nikao Fusion II mATX Case
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The top portion of the Nikao Fusion V mATX case features a stealthed 3.5" drive bay for use with a standard floppy drive. A small pattern of ventilation holes reside directly below. Omitting the floppy drive altogether or simply repositioning to a more subtle location would benefit the overall design of the front bezel and allow for an overall cleaner look. The middle portion of the case features a single vertically placed 5.25" drive bay for use with an optical drive of choice. A built in stealth bezel hides any mismatched drives as well as contributes to the overall design. A small transparent strip allows for the drive activity LED to shine through. Unlike its predecessor, the Fusion II, the temperature LCD is absent and has since been replaced with a simple power LED backlit sparkled strip with the words ‘ELLE’ printed. This will be featured later on in the review.
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