The RV04 shares similar styling cues with its predecessors in the RAVEN series such as the broad V-shaped ridges on the front panel and feather-esque vented opening in the top rear. A combination power and hard drive activity light is concealed into the topmost V ridge. The outer tips glow white while the center flashes red with activity. The full length front door is solid with no vents and has a wide supporting hinge at the top and a pivot point at the bottom. The remainder of space along both sides is completely open for unrestricted airflow. Two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks are located on the right top side.
Both side panels as well as the top vented cover are secured in place with black thumbscrews. The sides must be removed first before the top can be taken off, and reinstallation must be the reverse. As we saw with the recently reviewed Temjin TJ04-E, the window has been located on the inside of the side panel with no visible attachment points. While appearance-wise this is an improvement over the RV03 with its exterior-mounted window and plastic push-pin attachment, the metal clips used to secure these windows leave some amount of movement and can allow window rattle under certain circumstances.
The front panel door opens to reveal only two 5¼" external bays and a pair of fan speed selector switches. Power and reset buttons are located in the top of the bay bezel and pass-through tabs are semi-concealed in the outermost ridges of the door. The door LED board and wiring is also hidden behind a small panel and run through the wide top hinge so no electronics are visible. The bottom door corner has a metal plate and a magnet is hidden inside the plastic contoured front pedestal base to hold the door closed. The recessed threaded screw holes visible on the bottom are for mounting up to four 2½" drives internally, with four of the holes accessed through reliefs in the plastic front pedestal base. Additional reliefs in the base allow access to screws holding the front hot-swap bay in place, although we would later have problems with these during installation.
Let's have a closer look at the inside of the RV04.