Moneual Labs MonCaso Y601W
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-15-2010
Provided by: Moneual Labs
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Exterior


The MonCaso 600 is a slimline desktop style case that can also be positioned in a vertical, micro-tower configuration with use of the detachable base. My guess is that most people would use this case in a horizontal orientation, so throughout the review I'll refer to it in this manner. The "top" for example is what I would call the panel with the three large vented sections in it, where the video card, processor and power supply are located. The bottom panel has a single vent where as we'll see later the hard drive resides. The front panel has a minimalistic appearance, with hideaway covers and stealth drive door. Even the power and eject buttons and LEDs blend into the strip of contrasting trim that runs along the center of the bezel.


The press-to-release latches of the bottom two covers open to reveal front panel connector ports and an external 3" drive bay. The connections consist of standard headphone and microphone jacks and two USB ports, with what looks to be potentially an opening for Firewire that is not utilized. The left side of the case has two rubber feet and the attachment point for the pedestal base in the event you want to use it in a vertical orientation. There is also more venting and a stamped grill opening designed to mount a 60mm fan, which is not included.


A view from the rear shows us a standard four slot micro-ATX layout with half-height risers. No I/O cover plate comes installed but due to a wide variance in format this piece is typically provided with the motherboard. A TFX power supply is included. There are no provisions for a rear-mounted exhaust fan. Two thumbscrews provide access to the interior.


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