Anidees AI-6 Review
Up Close: Roof, Front, Rear and Base
Now we've got an idea of the overall style of the case let's examine it in a bit more detail. Moving forward from the rear of the case we are treated to this uninterrupted expanse of brushed Aluminium. This isn't plastic effect, neither is it wafer thin, this is the real deal. Rough hair brushed and left with a slightly silky appearance. Cut into the rails on either side of the Aluminium are slits which allow air to be vented from the roof so as not to compromise the cooling characteristics more than necessary.
The only feature to break the flow of the curving sheet is the Front I/O, and even this area has been kept low profile so as not to disturb the lines. Subtle power and reset buttons are found next to HDD and power lights with an array of no less than 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 sockets combined with the usual audio in/out. We've used the word array here to describe the USB sockets as we're not entirely sure what the collective noun is, never having had to describe such a large collection before. Attention to detail and build quality on the exterior is high with tight shut lines between panels and a good colour match between plastics and metals.
Opening the hinged front door of the case, which is held shut by small magnets and can be swapped to either side, reveals 3x5.25" bays underneath which is a large fan intake area. Although either 2x140mm or 2x120mm fans can be fitted the intakes have a removable filter panel covering the single fitted 140mm fan.
The 5.25" bay covers also have removeable foam filters which aside from preventing dust infiltration will also serve to help reduce the sonic signature of the AI-6.
The rear of the case looks like a great many others, with 3 grometed holes for tubing under which lies a grill for a 120mm rear extract fan. To the left of this we find the rear I/O area, beneath which are a generous 8 expansion bays along with an additional vertically mounted bay for those devices that do not require Motherboard connection. At the base of the case we find the cut out for the ATX PSU. Like the rest of the case the rear is painted in the same Gloss white.
The case is raised some 25mm off the deck by two long parallel rails. Small foam pads at either corner aid stability with the large recess provided ensuring a good flow of air to the filtered mesh covering the entire underside.