SilverStone Kublai KL02 Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 12-21-2007
Provided by: Silverstone
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As mentioned, the Kublai KL02 only comes in black, and our version does not have the side panel window. The finish is heavily textured, almost a flat black in appearance. The side is constructed from a single steel panel, perforated with vent holes rather than using a separate mesh insert. So it is strange to find that there are rivet-style connectors similar to those used to hold a side window in place. The rear shows that SilverStone has used a separate grill for the exhaust fan rather than stamping holes in the case, as well as slotted riser plates for extra venting.

There is an opening for a standard size ATX power supply and motherboard I/O plate, although one is not included. The right side of the case is featureless although notice they have located the power switch on top rather than lower on the front panel where it is typically found. Below the 5" drive bays is a fold-down panel that reveals the front I/O ports for USB, Firewire and audio. The reset switch is also hidden here. Notably absent is any eSATA connection.

All of the 5" bays as well as the intake fan located at the bottom are covered with a fine, black mesh. Each piece is individually wrapped with mesh and the blanks feel pretty robust in their construction. The intake fan is mounted to a hot-swap bracket that easily snaps out. It uses a standard 3-pin connector for the fan so this could be easily replaced if needed. Located behind the fan position are four hard drive trays that slide on rails and latch into place. Anyone familiar with hot-swap server hard drives will recognize this style of attachment. The accessory box includes a manual, 5" to 3" bay adapter, mounting screws and a side panel lock.

Let's take a closer look inside the Kublai KL02.

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