Packaging & the IN WIN IW-PP689 Server Chassis
The package arrived with a plain cardboard box which I opened to expose this. That's right, another plain brown cardboard box is what I received as it was sent before the retail packaging was out. I added the graphics card just to add a bit of perspective to the size of this chassis.
Inside the box the case is supported with layers of cardboard that have dense foam placed in strategic places. One side has pads just to take up room in the packaging to keep the case in the middle. Surrounding the chassis are corners and middle blocks to keep this sandwich of cardboard foam and steel from moving around in transit.
The front of the IW-PP689 is subtle in appearance and offers a silver ring around the bezel as the only accent or departure from simplicity here. The top supports up to three 5.25" devices and a 3.5" device once the covers are removed. The lower ventilated section has a lock to keep this door closed, when opened it will offer access to the hard drives and the front I/O.
You need to retrieve the key from the inside of the chassis first, but once opened, here is what you find. The left has the power, reset and USB 2.0 ports. In the middle is the access to the hot-swap bays, and the bottom section has a vented cover so you don't see the drives installed at the bottom. The right side has a full bank of LEDs for activity, power, case intrusion, and even if you have a LAN failure, you can tell just by looking at the lighting.
A "long" look at textured black paint is what the side of the chassis offers. There are hand holds, shaped into the rear of the door for ease of access. The other side is a mirror of this panel.
The rear of the chassis is left without paint, but offers everything you would expect to see. At the Top there is room for either a redundant or a standard PS/2 power supply. The rear I/O is flanked with an area set up for a 120mm exhaust, but it is not included. At the bottom you will find seven tool-less expansion slots with an added section of ventilation next to them.
Under the chassis you will find large plastic assemblies for the footing. There is a section like this for the front and the back, but due to the length of the chassis I got closer to one set instead. These can be used as you see them here, or gently swing out the feet for a duck foot type of support for the chassis.