|Tagan CS-Monolith Mid Tower ATX Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Ronald Tibbetts - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 09 October 2007|
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Detailed Exterior Features
The CS-Monoliths front door opens to the left; to the ire of some I'm sure since it is not possible to change this orientation. The door opens to just beyond 90 degrees. And when closed, is held shut by two built in magnets, assuring it stays closed. The hinges are made of the same rugged plastic as the door, and swivel on solid metal posts. The door unit has a sturdy feel to it. Everything fits well, and there are no lose parts. The only thing missing is a lock.
Located behind the Monoliths door is a standard power, and reset button. I am delighted with the inclusion of a reset button, since case manufacturers are drifting towards leaving out this handy feature. In addition to the standard buttons there's also an ON/OFF switch for the front panel light control. Another thoughtful idea not always taken into consideration with lighting. The switches are all made of the same type of material as the front bezel. And although made of plastic, they feel sturdy, giving a satisfying "click" when pressed. The drive bay covers are made from the same high grade plastic as the front bezel, and mesh seamlessly with the finish.
Here is a shot of the twin 250 mm side-panel control console (With ON/OFF switch and a variable resistor (VR) speed controller) for each fan. They too are made of the same plastic as the front buttons. With the VR fan controls you can independently tune each fan for whatever combo of cooling and noise that suits you. Two blue LED let you know when each fan is on.
Included on the front bezel is an I/O plate with two USB 2.0 ports, Hi Def Audio, and an IEEE 1394 port. They are located towards the front of the CS-Monolith near the bottom. Saving you from going around the back of the case for access to these ports. However, I feel they are too close to the bottom to be truly useful. They should be moved to the top of the case, as other manufacturers have done. It would also have been nice to see an eSATA port included.
The use of standard thumb-screws for tool-less access to either side panel is a nice feature. And since one screw was missing when I received the CS-Monolith it was an easy replacement. I would have also liked to see a way to lock the panels. I did note the RoHS compliance tag, and I hope more manufacturer's world-wide follow this trend. To learn more about RoHS compliance, and why it is a good trend, click here.
Adjustable from 0, 45, and 90 degrees, and locking in at each angle. The support stands allow for consideration of storage space needs, while providing added stability when extended. Though a nice feature, you won't be needing the extra support with this case. It's rock solid no matter what.
The only need for extending the stands that come to mind would involve shag carpeting or small children.