A-TOP AT589 TRANSLUCENT COMPUTER
Last updated: 07/29/03
come in orange, purple, and blue...
Which, to many, is a case quite cool...
Translucent, I mean, the latest rage...
Enter the A-Top AT589, center stage...
Is a translucent case the way to go...
Two million I-Mac owners must think so...
What's this "glowing" tower all about?
Read-on and you'll find out...
PLASTIC. This case has a translucent
look owing to the semi-transparent plastic serving as its epidermis on the
front, top, and sides; but, it is not as translucent as other cases through
which one can see computer components like looking through a wall of glass
blocks. Sheet metal is underneath all of this plastic. On the
other hand, because the metal reinforces the plastic, the outside of case
does have a hefty feel, especially the removable side panels. Also,
I'm pretty sure that FCC testing labs would be more amenable to a case which
appears to be the equivalent of a Faraday
Cage than one that does not (yes, I know you can spray plastic with
a semi-transparent metallic coating).
The front panel has a sculptured appearance. All
four sides bend backward. The bottom looks like a molded pedestal. Gone
are the useless turbo LED and switch, and the key lock. The power-on
and reset switches and remaining LEDs are in a vertical line on the right
side of the case, starting just below the floppy drive. The 1" square
manufacture's label is in a good position on the left side and balances the
appearance. Front panel connectors are labeled and are on a single
flat cable which I like. It is easier to zip-tie than a bunch of separate
wires. The front panel is fastened to the metal chassis with four screws. You
have to remove the left side panel to get at one of them.
Each of the side panels is attached to metal
with nine screws. the plastic on the top of the case attaches with
plastic fingers and can be removed by sliding it towards the rear of the
case. (One might think the metal panel on the top of the case could
be removed by unscrewing the screws securing it at the rear, but it is fastened
with pop-rivets at the front.)
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