growing trend lately with cases (and not just the OEM
variety) is the inclusion of a front multimedia panel
chalk full of connects there were usually hidden in the
rear. Our review unit's front panel arrived sporting two
USB ports, gameport, one IEEE 1394 (a.k.a firewire), as
well as a volume slider, and three audio ports (headphone,
speaker, and line in).
the inside of the case we also found two small speakers
above the front panel where an exhaust fan should have
been. Apparently these two speakers come into operation
when one has the front panel connected to their soundcard,
but does not have any external speakers attached. As for
the sound quality of these little speakers, they produced
mediocre sound at best. I would vehemently recommend that
you opt for the extra intake/exhaust fan rather than have
these pathetic speakers in its place.
is this weird arm thing?
cardholder is a fairly unique item, which basically "grabs"
onto the PCI or AGP cards installed to prevent them from
bending or whatever during the shipping or moving of a
computer. Despite being on a hinge this "arm"
became a nuisance when it came time to install peripherals
in my computer. The arm would constantly fall, though
in defense of Skyhawk the arm can be removed quite easily
if need be. For most of us, unless you attend many LAN
parties, the arm can be quite useless. The only saving
grace of this arm for the rest of us was the inclusion
of an extra cooling fan that is conveniently placed so
as to aid in the flow of air around the CPU.