Doors and bays
Astute readers might ask themselves what happened to the door in some of the previous pictures. Fear notit's designed to be removed, and I've done just that.
With a little effort and the aid of a small screwdriver (or a lot of effort and some choice words), one can remove the pins that hold the door in place by sliding them to the middle of hinge. With the pins out, the door easily pops off.
Taking off the door makes for an interesting photo opportunity, and more importantly, it allows you to take the spring and hinge assembly from the left side of the door and move it over to the right (the top-left hinge then goes at the bottom right, and vice-versa). Once you've mastered this small feat of case re-engineering, you can enjoy the benefits of a front panel that swings open to the right.
The ability to flip the Conqueror's door might prove just as beneficial for those who wish to remove it completely. For what it's worth, I think the case is more attractive without the door, so it's nice to have the option. Keep in mind that the front panel does muffle noise coming from the hard drive cage and optical drives.
Let's now have a look at how those bay covers on the drive rack work.
I've used clip-in bay covers like the Conqueror's before, and the only thing I don't like about them compared to more disposable 'knock-out' designs is the way they look even when properly in place. The large indents in the side of each bay aren't my cup of tea aesthetically, but I can't deny the utility of being able to replace bay covers easily should a system's drive configuration change. In addition to the plastic covers, steel pop-outs hide behind the top three bays, most likely for a small amount of additional structural strength (or maybe just because it's cheaper to leave them in there).
The very top bay cover has an additional 3.5" pop-out for a floppy or flash media drive, but the other eight are all like the one pictured on top in the picture above. The filters that back each bay cover aren't much, but they should still clean up the air flowing in through the front of the case. However, if you really want to minimize the amount of dust that gets into the Conqueror, you'll either have to plug up all those holes on the side panel or get filters behind them, too.
Rosewill includes a basic 3.5" drive adapter with the Conqueror. For fun, we took out all the adapters, bay covers, and drive cages. Here's what the bare case looks like:Roomy. Let's have a closer look at the case's interior now.
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