|SilverStone Fortress FT01 Case SST-FT01B-W|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Bruce Normann - Editied by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 24 November 2008|
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Fortress Series Final Thoughts
The packaging for the FT01 is more than adequate to protect the contents. The box came to my doorstep via UPS, and despite the singe box packing, there was little damage to the outside of the box and none inside. The large styrofoam inserts at the top and bottom of the box held everything in place and there was ample space between the sides of the chassis and the exterior of the box. The case was wrapped in a large polyethylene bag and some desiccant was included to absorb any moisture that may have been trapped in the bag.
SilverStone Technology chose a subtle and classy color scheme to make their product stand out on the shelves. The combination of dark black background and the high quality photos of the product makes a very positive impression. There are complete descriptions of the product spread across the various surfaces, including images and descriptions to highlight the flagship feature of the FTS01.
As an object d'art, the SilverStone Fortress Series, especially the FT01BW, excels. Artwork often needs a certain scale to be successful; the Mona Lisa would not work as a miniature portrait, she needs that human scale to pull off the trick of watching you from every corner of the room. Certain works only succeed when constructed in epic proportions; think of a Bentley or a Rolls, a small version would look silly. The design of the FT01 is correct for its proportions and the combination makes a powerful statement of solid, certain, capability. Think of the BMW 750i, before Chris Bangle messed it up with a bustle in the back, and you have some idea of the purposeful impact of its visual design. I can certainly argue against five exposed 5.25" drive bays, and seven 3.5 internal HDD bays as being less than useful in today's computing environment, but it's part of the package that comes with the genre of a high end, slightly larger than needed, mid tower case.