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Ouch! The Pain Of Razor-Sharp Edges

15 Case Power Tower Round-Up
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But don't worry - not every case is a warren of sharp edges and corners. To our surprise, many manufacturers have either properly filed down or rounded the sharp edges. Thanks to their consideration, our test cucumber survived the acid test. In yet other cases, more than one cucumber had to be sacrificed; in the worst case, almost every edge harbored a risk.

You even have to be wary of sharp edges on the case cover.

This is how painful injuries occur.

The worst areas are generally the 5.25" drive bays. Almost all of the cases sport a faceplate that has to be snapped out before the drive can be installed. These plates are attached to the case at several perforated breaking points; but snapping them out is already dangerous. Even the smallest burr left on a breaking point can tear off a piece of skin. The images below clearly illustrate this danger. You should also watch your fingers when installing the power supply.

This case still has some sharp edges left on the breaking point.

The breaking points aren't the only dangerous spots. Here are some internal edges that haven't been filed down.

The power supply mount is often overlooked.

Case interiors aren't the sole source of injuries; the front door and corners of the case can also be a potential danger. One egregious example is the Wavemaster from Coolermaster. This case starts out with several danger areas. Above and beyond the cucumber test, simply lifting up the case will tend to break the door loose from the weak magnet latch, leaving it to swing wildly back and forth.

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Summary
  1. Cucumber Salad Or Band-Aid?
  2. Ouch! The Pain Of Razor-Sharp Edges
  3. The Cases: Up Close And Personal
  4. Simple Motherboard Installation
  5. Hard-Drive Trays
  6. Fresh Air With 120 mm Fans
  7. Rails For 5.25" Drives
  8. Perfect Construction
  9. Casetek C1020: Enter The Dragon
  10. Easy Installation Of Motherboards, Graphic Boards And Hard Drives
  11. The Hazards Of Installing 5.25" Drives
  12. Pros
  13. Chieftec BX-01: Plenty Of Room For Hard Drives
  14. A Glimpse Inside The Case
  15. 90-Degree Carriage Rotation Simplifies Hard-Drive Installation
  16. Safe Installation Of 5.25" Drives
  17. Pros
  18. Coolermaster Wavemaster: All Metal With Sharp Edges
  19. Coolermaster Wavemaster, Continued
  20. Installing The Motherboard Outside
  21. Hard Drives Screwed Directly On The Case
  22. Pros
  23. Inter-Tech Sportcar Design: Typical Engine Sound With 6 Fans
  24. Roomy Interior
  25. Up To 11 Drives Fit In The Case
  26. Razor-Sharp Edges And Corners
  27. Pros
  28. InWin IW-J568G: With Fan Speed Controller And Card Reader
  29. Motherboard Installation A Hassle
  30. Old-Fashioned Card Holders
  31. Waste Of Space
  32. Pros
  33. Lian Li PC-V1000: Innovative Interior
  34. Ingenious Innards
  35. The PSU Down Under
  36. Room Enough For Six Hard Drives
  37. Screws Into Threads Not Into The Case
  38. Front Bevel Included
  39. Gotcha: Two Minor Weaknesses
  40. Pros
  41. NZXT Guardian: Zylon From Battlestar Galactica
  42. No Sharp Edges Inside
  43. Complicated Rail System For Drives
  44. No Dust Filters Inside The Case
  45. Revoltec Midi Tower: Chieftec With A New Design
  46. Traditional Hardware Installation
  47. Rails For 5.25" Drives
  48. Special Carriages For Hard Drives
  49. Pros
  50. Silverstone Temjin SST-TJ02: Struggle With Drive Rails
  51. Rails Secure Drives Firmly
  52. Pros
  53. Silverstone Temjin SST-TJ03S: Pricy XXL Format
  54. Spacious Interior
  55. Screws And Expansion Cards
  56. Complicated Front-Port Cabling
  57. Superflower X-Mask SF-462: Spider Design
  58. Roomy Interior For Many Hard Drives
  59. Card Installation With Brute Force
  60. Are These Designers Crazy?
  61. Thermaltake XaserV V5000A: Full Metal Jacket
  62. Problems With Graphics-Card Installation
  63. Pros
  64. Yeong Yang YY-5603: No Major Flaws
  65. Tidy Accessories
  66. Anti-Vibration Rails For Drives
  67. Break-Away Face Plates
  68. Jet-Computer Last Samurai: Shades Of Darth Vader
  69. Testing Procedure
  70. Ratings
  71. Features Chart
  72. Features, Continued
  73. Features, Continued
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    dovah-chan , June 24, 2014 8:55 AM
    after over 10 years this is the first comment on this article