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Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The construction of this case is good, but not excellent. We found a number of areas within the case that were sharp and unfinished. This means the user must be very careful of their hands while assembling the 7800 Series case. We were impressed with the general configuration of the layout offered by the 7800 Series, but this did not sway our overall opinion of this chassis.

The beige top mounting for the ports just doesn't work at all. It is the wrong color, to begin with, and if it is going to be on the top of the case, it should be mounted flush to the top of the case. A very bad design, if you ask us.

The 7800 Series features a top-mounted access area that protrudes from the top of the case, almost like a growth that pops out of the case. This small "bubble" provides ports for the headphones, MIC and two USB ports. While a knockout is provided for a 1394/Firewire port, no cabling was included to make use of this in our test unit. The overall finish of the chassis is a cross between black and beige. The front bezel consists of two doors that allow for either top or bottom section access to the case. The bezel is manufactured of high-quality, injected plastics, so it should prove durable over time. However, the color of the plastic and the paint that adorns the 7800 Series does not match. As you can see in the accompanying photos, there is not a good blend to these features.

As we indicated in the introduction, we are very puzzled by the use of the beige trim on the feet, top-mounted ports and latches that hold the side panel onto the chassis. Quite honestly, its appearance just looks 'wrong.' However, some may point out that a case of this type is not primarily for its appearance, but rather for its functionality. The 7800 Series is certainly functional, but we were left with significantly more questions than answers when reviewing this case.

The 7800 Series from Athenatech exhibits a fair quality and an interesting design perspective that will certainly appeal to some. Its emphasis on internal functionality and the lack of attention to details that are necessary to vault the 7800 Series from a very niche market player to a more mainstream oriented market design are severely lacking. For example, our test 7800 unit did not even include any type of documentation, which made the assembly process more time consuming than it should have been. While the cooling potential of this case is average, this must be of concern to those who would load the case with a full complement of devices.

We have come to believe that the 7800 Series should be further refined and honed before taking its position in such a critical market place. While the 7800 is not a bad case design, it is targeted at a specific market area that may or may not like what the 7800 Series has to offer.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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