The Build and Finished Product
Getting everything ready to go, I simply slid the power supply into the rack so we can get it back into the case and get underway.
To install the hard drives you first need to screw the Air Mounts to either side. With the hooks on both ends of the mounts, you simply lock them into the provided brackets in the drive rack assembly.
Readying the front of the LanBoy Air, I had to remove one of the drive bay covers and the lower fan assembly to gain better access to mount the hard drive.
With only one set of holes to mount the optical drive, it leaves it positioned so that the black plastic face of the drive bottoms out against the rail. Once the drive is installed this is what it looks like, as the cover doesn't go back on. If you don't like this look, you can always face the drive to the left or right of this position and leave the drive cover in place.
Not only can the drive be placed with the wiring facing the fans to hide the wiring, but they can be turned 90° left or right as well as 180° from the way it is now. At this point I also slid the toolbox back into place so I don't lose any of the hardware I may need down the line.
I really didn't think the red Foxconn was going to look so hot in here, so I opted to go with my black m-ATX board instead. All of the wiring got where it needed to be with relative ease. With a simple configuration like I use, I was even able to get the radiator of the Vantage inside the drive bays. With all the wire management and the modularity of the PSU, I only had to tuck a couple of wires under the hard drive. The nice thing is that you can pull the side panel and still not see the wiring mess as the front third of the panel can stay closed. If you have a longer GPU with a bit of careful positioning, it will allow for a card up to 16" in length to be squeezed in between the hard drive rails.
Behind the scenes I was able to tie up the loose ends and easily replace the panels. Wiring is a bit tough inside here because of all the mesh. This makes most of it very visible. With a bit of time and quite a few zip ties, I was able to achieve satisfactory results.
All ready to go, except I don't have the power wire connected. With the industrial styling of the LanBoy Air, the exposed optical drive actually fits with the theme.
Once power is applied the LanBoy comes to life with a brilliant blue glow. The front two fans are speed controllable, but as I turned the dial, I noticed little drop in intensity until I got very close to the slowest speed.
With all five fans emanating blue light, the entire inside is flooded in it. In the light the color matches the blue of the framework very well. At night you have a nice source for a blue glow in your room.
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