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ASUS Vento 3600 Case Review

ASUS Vento 3600 Case Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Vento case seemed to be begging us to leap onto it, fire up the engines and shoot off through the trees of Endor, dodging Imperial Scouts as we went...
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Apr 17 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Out of the box

The Vento 3600 shipped in a large cardboard box which was strikingly well decorated for a PC case, complete with full colour photos of the case on all sides.

The printed manual included with the Vento 3600 is surprisingly well written and comprehensive for a case manual, and walks you through the procedures of installing computer parts into the case with a good amount of detail and photographs where required. We did notice a fairly large mistake in the directions though. More on this a little later.

Other than the manual and the box, the Vento ships with a large bag of screws (everything you will need plus extras) and nothing else. Nothing else is required, so this is just fine with us. Like many designer cases, it's up to you to install your own powersupply.

The first thing anyone will notice about Asus' Vento 3600 is its strikingly beautiful paint job. The sparkle finish blue-metallic paint has been applied to the plastic shell of the Vento with a finish that is more reminiscent of an automotive paint job than anything we've seen recently on a computer case. We love it, and you will too. Be advised that it does show smudges and fingerprints very easily, so you might want to give it a rubdown with a soft cloth once in a while. One has to wonder how well it would stand up to a car buffer....

Unfortunately, ASUS has slightly spoiled the effect of the lovely paint job in our opinion by including small white stencilled letters on each side of the case near the front. These read:

ASUS VENTO 3600

Transcending Desktop System
Unprecedent Gaming Experience
The Ultimate Design by ASUS

While we are accustomed to the overblown, poorly written ad copy shipped with many products from many companies, we don't like to see it plastered on the side of the product itself where we can't hope to avoid it. This is a very poor design decision by ASUS in our opinion, as the case would be much more attractive without the "unprecedent" writing.

Of course, the first thing we did once we had the Vento 3600 unwrapped was to test the front access panel. Behind the glass at Computex, it had looked very futuristic and pneumatic, and we couldn't wait to hear it hiss upwards and lock into place. Boy was it disappointing...

It turns out that ASUS used a simple spring loaded mechanism to raise the panel, not the pneumatic system we were hoping for. Pressing the front panel in releases it from the catch, and this sends it upwards under its own power all right, but not with the dignified 'sci-fi' cool 'hissss....' that we were hoping for; instead the whole thing sprang upwards and clattered loudly against the roof of the case with a great big 'thwack!'

Not only did this slightly ruin the effect of the case for us, we're also sure that the door will eventually damage the paint on the top of the case if it is allowed to spring fully up each time its opened, as it hits with a fair amount of force. Holding your finger on the latch will allow you to control the speed it opens at, but it's just not the same... like Knight Rider driving around in a Ford Topaz.

The plastic that ASUS has used to mold the outer form of the Vento 3600 case is not particularly thick and can be flexed easily. This makes us think that the case is not going to be too resistant to dings, dents and scratches, so be careful when moving it around.

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Contents of Article: Asus Vento 3600
 Pg 1.  ASUS Vento 3600 Case Review
 Pg 2.  — Out of the box
 Pg 3.  A closer look at the Vento 3600
 Pg 4.  Inside the Asus Vento 3600
 Pg 5.  Installation and assembly
 Pg 6.  Tooless Installation Features
 Pg 7.  Opinions and Conclusions

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