by Greg King on January 16, 2006 in Cases & PSUs
ASYS is a newcomer in the computer tower market, but their Freedom case is a great way to make a name for themselves. It’s packed with functionality and very well built. Let’s take a look and see if it has what it takes to battle with the big boys.
As you can see, the box shows you pretty much all that a box can show you. It gives you the main selling features, the model number and many colorful pictures. From here, I am going to remove the case from the box and see just what we are dealing with here. Once removed, I am amazed at the sheer size of this beast.
The bottom of the case with a screen to protect the LED lights that run along the bottom of the case.
As you can see, the exterior layout of the case is pretty much what is to be expected. The front of the case offers easy to access audio jacks as well as a large power and reset buttons at the top. Also included at the top of the case are 4 USB hubs and 1 firewire connection. These are nice for thumb drives, controllers, digital camera/camcorders or anything else that you can possibly think of.
For any of you that follow hardware closely, you might notice a similarity between the Freedom Tower case and the Thermaltake Armor Series XASER. Both offer the hinged side guards and both look similar in appearance from top to bottom. This is not a problem and is actually a common practice in the computer tower business. They have used an idea and ran with it. My job is to see if it’s for the better or for the worse. Regardless, let’s take a look at the hinged side guards.
The front side guards are clearly on hinges, allowing you to open them up and remove the front bay covers. This allows you to access the front 120mm fan filters for easy cleaning.