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Chenming 301KE Aluminum Case Review
By: KaoMAN
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    2003-10-02

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    Chenming, a China based company which specializes in OEM case manufacturing, has begun producing and distributing off-the-shelf computer cases to customers worldwide. With the 301 series, Chenming aims to enthrall computer enthusiasts with affordable, aluminum cases. We all know the advantages of an aluminum case, but what sets Chenming apart from other manufacturers is their ability to cut costs and deliver to the end user something still worth buying. Today, OCA will review the Chenming 301KE silver aluminum case.

     

    Manufacturer:

       Chenming
      Product:   301KE all Aluminum Case

    Price:

       USD$65

    Availability:

       NOW

    Reviewed By:

       kaoman

    Edited By:

       Mack "SPeeD"

    Chenming 301KE Aluminum Case

     

    Introduction

    Chenming, a China based company which specializes in OEM case manufacturing, has begun producing and distributing off-the-shelf computer cases to customers worldwide. With the 301 series, Chenming aims to enthrall computer enthusiasts with affordable, aluminum cases. We all know the advantages of an aluminum case, but what sets Chenming apart from other manufacturers is their ability to cut costs and deliver to the end user something still worth buying. Today, OCA will review the Chenming 301KE silver aluminum case.


    Specifications and Features

     

    Features

      Unique design for INTEL Pentium 4 and AMD high-speed CPU's
      Easy and flexible installation
      Standard front USB 2.0 and FIREWIRE
      Removable 3.5" drive bay for convenient installation
      Two optional cooling fans to provide optimal ventilation
      Hemmed edges for safe access
      Big Window
      Ultra light, ideal for a lan party case
      EMI shielding designed to support CE & FCC requirements
     

    Specifications

    Case TypeATX Mid Tower
    Case Dimension8.2"W x 17."H x 16"D
    205mm W x 425mm H x 400mm D
    Front Accessible Bays
    Internal Bays
    4 x 5.25" , 2 x 3.5"
    2 x 3.5" HDD
    Main Board SizeATX (Up to 12" x 9.6") or Micro ATX
    Power SupplyATX PS/2 or SFX
    Expansion Slots7
    Cooling SystemUp to 3 optional 80mm Fan
    Material0.8mm SECC
    Package Size2 Cubic Feet
    9.8" x 20.3" x 22.2"
    235 x 545 x 500 mm
    Net/Gross Weight (w/o Power Supply)10 lbs.

     

    The specifications and features given by Chenming are fairly ordinary for any aluminum case; nothing striking really. Lets hope the case proves to be otherwise!


    Packaging, First Impressions

    I received the 301KE case in a pretty beat cardboard box, sandwiched between two pieces of Styrofoam. Thankfully the case was bagged and the window was covered in a thin layer of plastic both on the inside and out. First impressions:

      

     





    I'll be honest and say this is the first "computer geek case" (for a lack of better words) in my possession. In the past I have always used traditional beige steel cases, my last case being a plastic Dell. In any case, my first impression was mixed; I loved the aluminum chassis which was INCREDIBLY light, lighter than anything I have ever worked with. I was literally able to pick up the case with my index finger. But the second thing I noticed was the plastic bezel. Not exactly "all aluminum" as advertised. Perhaps a plastic bezel has advantages; it certainly makes it easier for the manufacturer to style front of the case. But more importantly, the silver paint finish on the bezel did not quite seem to match that of the case itself; probably because the plastic gives off a certain shiny luster, which the aluminum does not.

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