Introduction, Design Features
We wish we could start gaming during 4PM, though many days, a name of Mean:It’s new brick PC framework is, for us, merely aspirational. But possibly we get your diversion on before cooking or not, a 4PM is an intriguing case.
Cube-style PC cases are fun to work with since they give we copiousness of bend room. There are always exceptions, of course, though many of them have vast motherboard compartments and copiousness of space for tucking cables out of sight.
Also, cubes are customarily good for showcasing your motherboard and video cards, since other hardware gets stored in out-of-the approach compartments. But a 4PM pattern is unusual: Instead of sporting a single, see-through side-panel window, a box has 5mm-thick, tempered-glass panels on both sides, and on a front. The panels are sincerely dark, that means we won’t be means to see your hardware as good as we competence in a complement with a customary pure window. (You also won’t see all a cables you’re stealing in a right-side cell all that clearly, that is a reputed plus.) Adding interior lighting can assistance your hardware’s visibility, though we can see how some users will eventually opt for a box with a some-more pure side window or windows.
The 4PM supports ATX, MicroATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards, and it ships with 5 black (unlit), blue LED, or red LED “Arc” fans, depending on a sub-model we choose. We perceived a blue indication for review, dubbed a 4PM Arc Blue; a red-fan indication is a 4PM Arc Red, and a dim black-fan chronicle is a 4PM BLK. All 3 models have a same fan configuration: 4 120mm fans emanate a hulk block during a front of a system, while a fifth 120mm fan handles empty during a back. In further to providing airflow, a fans (the LED-lit versions, during least) are pivotal to a 4PM’s personality. They’re splendid adequate to be seen behind a 4PM’s hazed potion panels, and, some-more than any other feature, they give a box a gamer mojo.
Compared to towers, brick PC cases are a niche market, though that creates them all a some-more appealing to DIY users who wish to build a PC that stands out from a common run. The Mean:It 4PM goes adult opposite a likes of Corsair’s Carbide array and Thermaltake’s Core array of brick PCs, not to discuss a Anidees AI Crystal Cube, that is a near-twin of a 4PM.
The 4PM carries an MSRP of $139.99, though during this late Aug 2017 essay was offered for $119.99 during Newegg.com, that was a usually vital tradesman charity a box during a time. The 4PM’s cost gives it an corner over many of a competitors, that generally run closer to $150.
At 15.6×11.9×15.9 inches (HWD), a Mean:It 4PM is hunker though not utterly square. The measure give a box an roughly tower-like appearance, though make no mistake: The 4PM is many wider than a normal tower, and it cooking adult a poignant cube of table space. The box isn’t light, either, during 22 pounds, though that’s to be approaching in a framework that uses as many steel and potion as a 4PM. Tempered-glass cases are generally heavy.
The 4PM sits solidly on 4 large, cosmetic feet that yield some-more than an in. of space between a table and a case’s vented bottom panel. The rubber frame on any feet struck us as being really thin, though we didn’t notice any manifest wear by weeks of shuffling a box from one table to another and building a exam system.
The front row is officious gorgeous, even when a fan LEDs aren’t on. When a box is dark, a front row is intensely reflective, formulating an roughly mirror-like look. Power on a PC, and a front-panel potion takes on a hazed demeanour from a lighting.
As many as we like a windowed front panel, we were astounded to see that it doesn’t underline a normal fan filter. The front fans lift atmosphere by tiny vents in a row housing and directly into a system.
A filter would expected impact a confidant demeanour of a 4 ARC LED fans, though we cruise that many buyers would cruise it a inestimable feature. SilverStone done that call when putting a filter in front of a 3 LED front intake fans in a SilverStone Primera PM01-RGB we recently reviewed.
Interestingly, a 4PM’s other vents have filters. The vast grille during a tip of a box is lonesome by a filigree row (held in place with magnets) that will have during slightest some surety impact on dirt entering a system. The 120mm fan grille during a bottom of a box (in a motherboard chamber) has a removable filter.
The 4PM solves one of a some-more grievous problems of front-panel buttons: location. By default, a buttons and ports face off a case’s right side. That’s a problem for anyone who wants to put a box to their left, so a 4PM has a removable row (within a front panel) that lets we pierce all of a buttons and ports to a other side of a case. Doing so will describe a energy symbol during a tip of a box useless, though a smaller reset symbol sandwiched between a buttons and audio jacks will do a trick.
As for a ports and buttons themselves, we get dual USB 3.0 ports, dual USB 2.0 ports, headphone and mic jacks, and 3 buttons for a onboard fan controller (High/Auto, Low, and Off). We wouldn’t mind saying a USB 3.1 Gen 2 pier on a front panel, though 4 USB ports will be copiousness for many users, and usually a latest motherboards have a header pier for a newest USB.
The 4PM’s interior is damaged into dual compartments, that Mean:It refers to as a case’s “chambers.” The case’s right side facilities a motherboard tray, that is typical, though a left side houses scarcely all of a system’s other hardware, including a energy supply. The blueprint creates mixed places to put liquid-cooling components such as radiators and reservoirs, and Mean:It bills a 4PM as a must-have box for DIY users who rest on glass cooling.
The motherboard cover is a some-more atmospheric of a 4PM’s dual compartments. The motherboard tray doesn’t extend to a tip of a case, withdrawal a vast opening to accommodate radiators or cables. It also has 6 wire pass-throughs (three of that have rubber grommets), giving we copiousness of options for wire government accurately where we need it.
Most motherboard trays have a cutout that provides easy entrance to a behind of a CPU hollow on a motherboard, though a cutout on a 4PM’s tray is blocked by a tough expostulate enclosure. You can mislay a enclosure, if we must, though you’ll need to lift several screws.
The cover has copiousness of room for massive video cards and CPU coolers. It offers adult to 340mm of legroom for your graphics label and can hoop CPU coolers adult to 172mm tall.
Because it’s so large, a motherboard cover has several points where we can mountain liquid-cooling gear. You can implement a radiator adult to 360mm prolonged during a front, according to Mean:It. The endorsed limit density for radiators during a front is 60mm for radiators adult to 280mm long, and 55mm for a 360mm radiator. The building of a cover includes a aforementioned 120mm fan-grille area, along with holes for securing your liquid-cooling siphon or reservoir.
The 4PM’s motherboard cover also supports a 120mm radiator (up to 60mm thick) during a behind of a case, in place of a 120mm Arc fan. One of a best locations for radiators competence be during a tip of a case; mislay a atmosphere filter, and we have ascent options for adult to dual 240mm radiators or a singular 280mm radiator. On a other hand, we could mountain an additional 4 120mm fans during a tip of a case.
The cover on a 4PM’s left side is many slimmer than a motherboard chamber, though it still offers some-more space than many building PC cases. The initial thing you’ll notice about a cover is a tough expostulate enclosure, that has dual 3.5-inch expostulate sleds and a mountain for a 2.5-inch SSD or tough drive. (Both sleds can support 2.5-inch devices.) The enclosing sits on hinges, so if we mislay a thumbscrew during a front of a enclosure, we can pitch it toward we to make expostulate designation easier.
As atmospheric as this second cover is, it’s going to get swarming quickly. The tough expostulate takes adult copiousness of space, and a energy supply will lay only next it, nipping adult many of a space during a behind of a PC. The box supports energy reserve as prolonged as 220mm. (Technically, it could offer as many as 320mm of space, though you’d scapegoat a water-pump area.)
The figure of a left-side cover army we to implement a energy supply on a slight edge. The outcome is that a PSU’s intake fan faces a behind of a motherboard tray. The box has 4 standoffs that are meant to put some stretch between a PSU and a motherboard tray. A block cutout in a tray provides even some-more respirating room, though any ATX motherboard covers that cutout from a other side, tying airflow somewhat.
A fan controller sits only behind a PSU area. It has 6 four-pin headers for customary or PWM fans and is connected to a fan-control buttons on a 4PM’s front panel. If your PSU is generally long, you’ll need to unscrew a fan controller and pierce it over to a siphon screw holes, a integrate of inches to a left. The controller has a switch that lets we flip from DC to PWM control.
The left cover also has a grille for a 92mm fan, that would lay directly behind a tough expostulate enclosure. You can substantially get divided with installing a fan but wanting to mislay a expostulate enclosure temporarily. Just trip a fan by a slim opening between a behind row and a enclosure, afterwards supplement a screws from outward a case. We did that, and it worked out.