|Enermax MESH Pandora CA-3030 ATX Case - Page 1 of 5
Enermax Technology Corporation has been producing leading high-end computer products since 1990. Along with power supplies, rack mount cases and an assortment of accessories, Enermax may be best known for their cases.
This time around Enermax has created the Pandora CA-3030. Maxpoint, an American distributor of Enermax products, carries this case under the name MESH for sale here in the states. The CA-3030 boasts some impressive features not normally found in lower priced, almost entry-level cases. Before taking a look at the actual case, let's take a look at some of the published information, as taken from the Enermax USA website.
Type: Mid Tower ATX
Dimensions: 17"x 7.5"x 17"
Material: 0.6mm SECC
Drive Bays: 5.25" - 4, 3.5" - 1, hidden - 4 (3.5")
Motherboard: Standard P4 ATX (12" x 9.6"), Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6")
Power Supply: Power UP 400W 24Pins
Front I/O Interface: USB 2.0x4, Audio in/out
Front: 80mm/90mm/120mm x1(optional)
Rear: 80mm/90mm/120mm x1 (120mm included)
Side: Fan less Air Duct for CPU cooling
Expansion slots: 7
Pop-out filter for dust-proof and easy cleaning.
Stylish meshed front panel.
Dual retractable CD-ROM covers.
Hidden Floppy bay drive with sliding front cover.
Tool-free drive bay rails and removable HDD cage for easy assembly.
Screw-less side panel with air duct complying with Intel CAG v1.1.
Supports 120mm fans in front & rear for superior airflow.
Front I/O interface with USB2.0 x 2, Audio I/O.
The MESH came packed in the standard plastic bag and foam end pieces in a sturdy box. Removing it from the box I noticed that the case was just about as heavy as I expected, not overly heavy, but average for this price point.
The first thing I noticed when inspecting the outside was the lack of the special flip down cover for the top optical drive bay. Checking the box pictures and the website confirmed that there should be two special covers, one in the top location, as well as the one right under it. I had only one. Flipping the tool-less catches on the rear of the side panel revealed pieces and parts of the second cover. It seems as if during shipping the cover had been jarred loose and ended up in the bottom of the case. Worse yet, I had the door in one hand and the cover in the other, but the tiny spring was gone. After much searching I did locate the spring, it was hiding in the area of the 120mm fan out back. After reassembling the bay cover, all appeared to be fine; nothing was broken, just disassembled.
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