Supplied by E-Power Technology
*newegg.com web price date of review
It’s a PC case that comes stock with 13 LED lights. The side panel glows with a spectrum of constantly changing colors and the light show can continue in the Warrior PC case even after the computer is shut down.
Light effects in a PC case left on at night can be intrusive when trying to sleep. The PC “night light” can be too bright. The best solution is an off switch which the Warrior comes stock with.
E-Power Technology supplies North America with the Warrior PC case in a choice of 5 colors: silver, black, green, blue and yellow. The review sample came with a 450 watt power supply and the retails for $98 USD. The Warrior’s PSU was one of the first seen by Short-Media that came with a specific VGA power connector. The Warrior PC case from E-Power Technology has a lot of “hits” and only a few “misses”
- Dimension:(WxHxD) 200mm. x 430mm. x 450mm.
- 4 x 5.25″ exposed bays
- 2 x 3.5″ exposed bays
- 4 x 3.5″ internal bays
- Mainboard: Micro ATX/ ATX
- space for 4 x 80mm. front fan or 1 x 120mm. front fan
- space for 2 x 80mm. rear fans (1 x clear acrylic 80mm. fan stock with review sample)
- 1 x 80mm. LED side fan stock with review sample
- Front Dual USB, Audio ports behind front bezel lower door
- Space for 1394 front port behind front bezel lower door
- Magnetic seal front bezel over drive bays
The Warrior Inside and Out
The Warrior PC case is mid tower style measuring 200mm. x 430mm. x 450mm. The side window kit is a mesh perforated treatment behind the acrylic window. The effect is two fold. Visibility to the interior is impeded when there is no internal lighting effect. The material also blocks EMI radiation to meet with FCC regulations. Simple clear window kits may not meet with FCC regulations.
The opposite side is clean and featureless except for the indentation of the grip handle.
Most prominent at the rear of the case are the two grills for 80mm. fans. Grills stamped from the metal case itself have always been a challenge for manufacturers.
The goal is to stamp a pattern that is the most non-restrictive for airflow yet maintains structural integrity. Optimum would be to core an 80mm. hole and tac weld a 3-ring wire grill in place.
Manufacturer’s should also omit the backplane covers. Motherboard kits come with the necessary plate and chances are the stock plate with the PC case won’t match the motherboard.
Front bezel design has always been a personal preference. The design is good if the PC case sits to the user’s left but to the right and the door interferes with access to the drive trays.
The door is held closed by a magnet flush mounted in the bezel. It’s a simple, convenient and effective idea.
At the base of the drive bay area is a slot with an LED light.
This light points upwards to illuminate the drive bay area when the bezel door is open. The light pulls double duty and illuminates a red crest on the exterior of the door when the bezel door is closed. A step further would be to introduce the same light at the top of the bezel to shine down on to any open drive drawers.
Light shines up into an opening at the base of the “v” of the bezel door as seen in the following image. This illuminates the front red crest.
The lower section of the bezel features front intake grills, large and easy function power and reset buttons and an access door that hides the USB and front audio ports. The grills are cosmetic and an aftermarket filter could be installed to cut down on the amount of dust introduced into the PC case.
The door is a push lock mechanism and, unfortunately, incorrectly designed. The push button mechanism does work but the door itself is impeded by its position relative to any surface the case sits on. The door simply contacts with the “ground” and will not open all the way freely. Eventually the exterior of the door may mark due to the contact.
Next to the USB and audio ports is a small button on the left side. It is the ON – OFF switch for the LED lights. The very thoughtful feature is that the LED lighting effect in the Warrior case can be turned on and off independently of the computer. The lights can be on or off; regardless the computer being powered up or not.
Inside the Warrior is a very common layout seen in many other PC case designs.
Note the angled vents along the top edge of the case. The interior is clean a relatively free from sharp corners and edges.
The PCI slot covers are “old fashioned” compared to other screw-less designs. It’s a six of one, half dozen of the other argument but the slot covers are reusable and not the breakaway style of the cheap PC cases.
The PSU area is standard but a cross bar on non-motherboard tray side of the case (nearest camera) would be beneficial to hide or secure light, fan or PSU wiring to.
The rear clear 80mm. fan is from Leadman under the name of POWMAX (model: FM802512M). Very little information is available from the manufacturer but the fan is thought to be below 30 dBa. In other words it isn’t noisy.
The drive bays present nothing unusual.
The front intake area can easily support 1 x 80mm. fan or a 120mm. fan. The specifications list 4 x 80mm. front fan support but that is obviously a typo.
The bezel pulls off with a firm tug at the base. It isn’t advisable to do this repeatedly as the plastic posts appear as if they will wear resulting in a bezel that no longer fits tight to the PC case.
Two intake grills and the mass of wiring for the power and reset switches and LEDs are seen in the following image.
Five of the thirteen LEDs in the Warrior illuminate the drive bay area and the front intake grill areas.
The side panel window is the highlight of the Warrior PC case. Remember that the metal mesh has a cosmetic design and, most importantly, meets FCC regulations for shielding EMI.
The same mystery surrounds the side cooling fan as did the rear case exhaust. This particular fan is under the TF sign (TE Bao Metallic Plastic Co. Ltd.) but it is equipped with 4 blue LED lights. This is light six to nine of the thirteen LEDs.
The side panel is two parts. The first is the previously mentioned mesh material. The mesh material is also used over the front air intakes on the bezel. The intake fan sports a chrome design. It is removable in case the user wishes to change fans.
The mesh material is on the exterior side of the window in front of the acrylic window material that has been etched with the Warrior pattern. LED lights, which cycle through the rainbow, are strategically placed around the perimeter of the window for illumination.
The wiring organization for the remaining four of the thirteen LEDs was not up to par as shown in the following image. This can easily be rectified with a few self-adhesive zip strap mounts that can be purchased from a local hardware store. The plastic clips are also prone to easily snap off. Two of the clips were lost in shipping due to a loose AC cord inside the case.
The review sample came with a model TOP-450P4 450 watt power supply and there are a few interesting features worth noting.
The first is the special VGA connector.
This connector is for the 6-pin power connections on PCI-Express video cards. It’s utterly useless for video cards which feature 4-pin MOLEX connections but the theory behind this is new to us at least. This lead is to stabilize current to a VGA (video card) or HDD (hard drive) device. It, according to the manufacturer, isolates radiation frequency generated by a HDD or VGA device and prevents it from interfering with other devices. It also reduces power ripple from the power supply to the VGA or HDD device. It’s a filter…or a conditioner…a conditioning filter…a filtered conditioner.
The single molex connector drew attention.
The reason for a single molex connector with only two wires will become apparent once the case is lit. It’s simply a voltage line that’s always on even when the PC is turned. It allow for the lights to be switched on or off independent of the PC.
The ATX line also features a 4-pin connection that clips to the ATX line.
The 4-pin provides a ground, 5 volts on the red line, 12 volts on yellow line and 3.5 volts on the orange line. This connections supports P4, AMD and LGA 775 sockets (PCI Express boards). This is different from the 4-pin 12 volt lead (in the following image) normally found on P4 power supplies and marks this power supply as one of the first to adapt to the upcoming PCI Express components.
Installation was trouble-free on the whole. The side panels can be a bit awkward to put back into place but this is common with this type of chassis design. There were no sharp corners and there was room enough for all components.
Four drives will fit but good luck on the PSU. There are only two lines with three 4-pin molex connections and a 5 volt connection each. A splitter will be required and no SATA connections are included.
Light ‘em if you got ‘em
The lighting effects will appeal to those who like that “neon” effect in a PC case. The best feature is the pattern in the side window. It shines under the four color-cycling LEDs. Interesting to note is that the LEDs mostly affect the design and do not wash light over the interior. This is good because users may choose to purchase other LED or neon tubes and illuminate the components differently.
Pictures of the many colors of the Warrior case design are better than words.
The sequence of one color dissolving to the next takes approximately 10 seconds before it repeats.
The front of the bezel is also accented in the grill area.
The LED that is buried at the bottom of the drive bay door frame also lights up the drive bays when the door is open.
It pulls double duty and lights up the red crest on the front of the bezel door as mentioned earlier. The following image is of the case in a darkened room. It isn’t a different color only cut out and placed on the graduated blue-green background.
The Warrior still shows its colors well in daylight.
E-Power Technology puts forward a good PC case. It is simple on the interior and all the bells and whistles went into the exterior look. There are pros and cons with the Warrior PC case.
- Plastic “chrome” accents will scratch.
- USB/Audio port door is set too low and will come into contact with any surface the case sits on. It may eventually get rub marks on the exterior of the door.
- Side panel can be awkward to replace.
- Side panel wiring is unorganized.
- SATA power splitter could have been included.
- 6-pin power PCI-Express to 4-pin molex adapter should have been included for power supply. It’s useless without a PCI-Express video card.
- 13 LEDs.
- Side graphic lights up well.
- ON/OFF switch for the lights.
- Lights can be turned on or off even if the PC is not powered up.
- No obvious sharp corners.
- Mid-size design but small enough not consume a lot of space.
The Warrior PC case from E-Power Technology is above the average price at $98 USD*. Similar chassis designs with 450 watt power supply units can sell for $45-$60 but those may not come with as many lighting effects or detail in the side window kit. They may also not meet with FCC regulations for EMI radiation blockage. A comparative case would be the ASPIRE X-Navigator which retails for approximately $90-$95 USD. Each have their own pros and cons.
Who knew that a simple on-off switch for the lights would be a highlight? It’s astounding that this hasn’t crept into other PC case designs already. The lighted window effect is very appealing and there are 5 color themes for the Warrior PC case.
The Warrior PC case isn’t for someone who wants to get a “cheap” PC case. It may not be for someone who wants to choose their own lighting style. It is for the consumer who wants the look but doesn’t/may not have the tools, time or knowledge to wire it themselves. It is for the person who wants the LED look right now because that’s where the majority of manufacturing cost has gone; into the looks.
The question is will E-Power Technology make a Warrior out of you?
Our thanks to E-Power Technology for
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- 13 LEDs with on/off switch
- Side graphic lights
- Lights can be turned on or off even if the PC is not powered up.
- USB/Audio port door problem
- Above the average price
- LED side panel wiring unorganized
|Design & layout||8||Good for what it is. Simple, basic and functional. -2 for the front USB door goof.|
|Documentation||7.5||None whatsoever in review sample but it doesn’t take much to figure out this case.|
|Features & options||7.5||Front USB and AUDIO. The magnetic latch for the front bezel is a most appealing design feature.|
|Modding possibilities||7.5||Space for interior neon and a top blowhole. Not much after that. Bezel LEDs can be changed but not after effort to remove all the silicon and re solder all the wiring.|
|Overclocking features||8.5||Possible 2 fans in the rear and one big 120 in the front means good airflow. Just make sure that exhaust flow is greater than intake. The side intake fan will do less for cooling than a good exhaust flow.|
|Presentation||9||Looks are a personal opinion. It’s the effort for visual appeal that get’s a higher score. The design grows on you especially if you remember The Transformers.|
|Price / value||7.5||Above the average cost for this type. A cheaper case would save money but the difference may be made up in the extra neon that had to be purchased to achieve the same look. A mid-level to high end PSU would help justify the cost.|