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Last updated: 2/2/02

DRIVE BAYS.  The KS282 has six drive bays: two hidden and one partially hidden 3 1/2" bays and three exposed 5 1/4" bays.  All of the exposed bays come with snap-on dust covers.  5 1/4" drives are easily installed without rails.  The three 3 1/2" bays are in a removable cage which is secured with a large, easily-accessed lever, fingers on either side of the top of the cage, and no screws.  To install it, one lowers the cage to engage the fingers, pushes the cage forward, and locks it into place by pushing the lever forward. This makes it a snap to install and service, all-at-once, a couple of hard disks and a floppy drive.

The partially hidden 3 1/2" drive bay provides full access to the Panasonic floppy drive I installed . The floppy worked fine.  The floppy LED was clearly visible through the plastic lens on the front of the front panel.  The bay looks nice, but I would trade a little in the style department for two open 3 1/2" drive bays so a Zip drive could be installed in a 3 1/2" drive bay instead of in a one of the 5 1/4" drive bays with a 3 1/2" to 5 1/4" mounting kit.

EXPANSION BOARD SLOTS.  The case has seven slots.  It will accommodate motherboards with 1 ISA, one shared ISA/PCI, 4 PCI, and one AGP expansion board connectors, or other combinations thereof.  All of the slots except the AGP slot come equipped with old-fashioned, removable, screw-on slot covers (and not those annoying knock-out covers I've seen the last few years in many cases). 

ATX I/O BACK PANEL.  The KS282 has an A.3.a I/O (Intel "Universal") back panel which was already snapped into a cut-out in the back of the case.  It matches all of ATX motherboards reviewed in the Digest to date.  It is a bit on the flimsy side and its appearance is somewhat marred by the indents which were formed when the labels were stamped on it.

HARDWARE.   An adequate assortment of hardware was included with the case, but I have seen better.  It would be nice if some zip-ties were included.

PACKAGING.  The case came wrapped in plastic and packed in a thick cardboard box.  The styrofoam packing used to cushion the top and bottom of the case is thinner than I would like to see.  I do not, therefore, recommend shipping a computer built with this case in the original box without double-boxing it.

DOCUMENTATION.  There was none.

DIMENSIONS:  17.3"(D) x 7"(W) x 18.1"(H)




2/20/02 Copperpipe, a charter member of our Forums writes:

"I just picked up a KS282 for $69 at the local computer store. Some new features of this model: it now comes with the Antec 303XP [300 Watt] power supply (180 Watts total on the 3.3/5 V bridges vs. 160 Watts previously), power switch on the power supply box itself, fan monitoring, and printed manual.

I don't care for the 3.5" floppy drive slot on the front..would have preferred a plain half-height slot over the "tongue" cavity. But it's a great case."

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