2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued

The front-mounted ports and LCD on the IW-X710. Notice the quality grill that Inwin has elected to use here.

The centerpiece of the special features on the IW-X710 has to be the combination fan, temperature and clock LCD located above the grill in the front bezel. The four switches behind the LCD display control the device functions as well as the display. Included with the case was a front panel users' guide calling the LCD front panel the "J568 Model. We found the included documentation to be helpful in setting and programming the front panel options. However, we must comment on Inwin's omission of additional documentation on the case itself.

Below the front LDC panel are two USB compliant ports along with a MIC and headphone jack. The connectors on these jacks are clearly labeled for cable and motherboard installation. It is difficult to understand why Inwin would fail to include a front-mount USB/1394 on the front of the IW-X710 case. Still, the overall design of the front-mount ports is solid, except for the fact that due to the way they are recessed into the case one of our USB flash drives that was slightly larger than the normal USB connector would not fit in the top of the USB port. Inwin should have moved the USB ports down slightly from this recessed area to provide users more room to insert and remove their USB devices. The majority of the USB devices that we tried to connect worked well. However, due to the location of the top port, you might find a few that just will not fit.

Overall, the IW-X710 from Inwin provides further proof the Inwin is obviously moving in the right direction in their attempt to remake their product line. While Inwin is branding the X Series as a server case we feel that a lot of this is due to the fact that the X-710 is in a full tower configuration. We still think that many enthusiasts will like the IW-X710. Although the IW-X710 is not as radical a makeover as we would prefer, it does enjoy a very good number of new design elements that Inwin is obviously experimenting with. If this is any indication, we should be able to expect some interesting case designs from Inwin soon. If you like the looks of the IW-X710 we have no reservations in recommending it. Simply put, the IW-X710 offers a number of features and quality construction that other cases sorely lack. It will be interesting to see what Inwin can accomplish once they make additional improvements to their design and engineering. Certainly, there is no reason that we can see why you should not be happy with your choice if you purchase the IW-X710.

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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