The Grill Itself
I think that is enough of packaging especially with MNPCTech’s very simplistic packaging policy. Once you remove the packaging you can feel the quality that oozes out of the product. Moving your finger across the surface is like touching marble, the aluminium is very well machined and finished with a smooth radial brushed effect. The very smooth finish gives a great impression, I am still caressing it now... The grill is overall very well finished, however there were some minor scratches that where caused before we received the grill. There are a few other scratches caused by myself during testing. These are the only defect that I could see, even on a very close inspection.
The backside of the grill does not does not have any finish on it. It is left in the same state as the plates were before machining; scratched, and with a very weird texture. This does not affect the looks of the grill when installed. The sides and bevelled edges on the other hand, still have the machining marks, although they are all very uniform and in a way match the brushed effect. The bevels are at 45° removing the majority of sharp edges, which if you are like me is most definitely a good thing. There are still pointy corners, but if they were rounded to the visual appearance of grill will be diminished.
The grill like all of MNPCTech’s products has a very slight brushed effect. By having the grill made of an aluminium alloy (6061 AKA aircraft aluminium) has both its positives and negatives. The grill is surprisingly light for being made of a solid block of aluminium. At 428g the grill is pretty hefty for a grill, especially when compared to the hundred or so grams of a standard radiator grill. The alloy on the other hand is also very soft, it scratches very easily with a pair of keys having the ability to destroy the finish that the grill arrived with and even a finger nail will leave its marks.
The grill part itself is from the fan grill “brain”, it has 5mm holes that are individually drilled out. There is still some debris in the holes but a quick wash is all that is needed to clean them out. One of the main concerns of the grill is air restriction, due to a relatively small area that air can get through each intake. This concern was unnecessary the holes in the grill proved enough to allow the Xilence fans to pull a decent amount of air, although as with any fan grill the performance decreases, but you get looks and protection from the fan blades. It is not fun getting your toes stuck in a fan.