|Hiper Anubis Mid Tower ATX Case HTC-1K614|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2007|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Most readers who are familiar with my case reviews are already aware of my personal disdain for front bezel doors. Unless it's a server, or a workstation in a secure environment, the front bezel door is almost a complete waste of material. In nearly all cases the power and reset buttons are hidden behind the bezel door, adding an extra step of inconvenience when trying to use your personal computer. However, since Hiper has placed these buttons at the top near the I/O ports, the front bezel plays a much smaller roll, similar to the trend other manufacturers have taken in cases like the Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1000 we recently reviewed.
The Aluminum-alloy front bezel door has magnetic plates which make it snap shut with a degree of noise. Adding some felt, foam, or rubber will help this become a non-issue. Also, Hiper seems to have forgotten to add a latch or handle, or at least some kind of groove in the side of the bezel door on the Anubis so it can be easily opened.
Shouldn't there be a fan here? Yes, there should be; and it's up to you to find the best one to fit your needs. The hard drive cage on the Anubis supports a 120mm cooling fan which screws in from the reverse side of the image above. If you decide to load your case with two exhaust fans (maximum supported without modification), the HTC-1K614 can utilize the negative inner-pressure to draw air over the drives without the additional fan. In all practical uses, this configuration would create the least amount of noise and still cool the drives adequately.
Hiper has designed a very convenient I/O panel atop the Anubis mid-tower ATX case. Included in the array of ports are two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input jack, headphone output, and the often desired but seldom found audio input jack (which makes the HTC-1K614 the first case I have seen with this feature). eSATA is now supported on nearly all modern motherboards and seems to be catching wind, so I'm not entirely sure why it wasn't included.
Additionally, the polished aluminum power and reset buttons are available without removing a door taking the Anubis to a higher level of convenience than the competition.
The side panel doors are both designed to give convenient tool-free and screw-less access into HTC-1K614. The service side panel has a window set into place, with a fine mesh grill positioned over the top.
Hiper has used clips on the Anubis side panels, borrowing from the successful design utilized in the NZXT Adamas. The deeper I get into this review, the more it appears that the Anubis has in common with the NZXT design. The exception here is that the Anubis does not support side panel fans, whereas the Adamas does (two 120mm fans to be exact).
Before I move on to the interior features, I should address some unique characteristics which first caught my attention while removing the HTC-1K614 from the packaging. To begin with, the moment I opened the box there was this huge piece of closed-cell foam protecting the Anubis. Set into the center of the packaging was a small accessory pouch, identical to those used by Hiper for their PSU accessory cables and connections.
While the side panel doors may be screw-less, the rest of the Anubis is not. Hiper has included every screw and bolt you will need to secure fans, motherboard, and add-on devices to your system. Notice that there is also an interesting little key-chain branded with the Anubis logo along with a nice brush to keep the dust off the case. While the dust here in Nevada is unmanageable by anything less than weekly vacuuming, I found that the brush really worked very well dusting off my RatPadz XT Gaming Surface Mouse Pad.
So now that you are more familiar with the outside of the Anubis, it's time to move onto the interior, where we will finalize our impression of the HTC-1K614.