We begin our tour of the B2 Stealth Bomber by noting the lack of a door on the front bezel. The bezel is made of plastic like many other enclosures, but there is not a door in the normal sense that we have come to expect. As implied by the name of this case, stealth is the key. Let's take a closer look...
Just under the area in which you think there should be an opening of some sort you will find this little inset. The triangle in the center is obviously a power button and the LED lighting to the right allows you to see when your system is powered and when the hard drive is working. The red button to the left, however, is where you get to make something very interesting take place; namely allow the motor installed in this case to lift the front bezel to a position that opened up your drive bays. Yes, you heard correctly, there is a small motor that opens up the front of the case so you can access your optical drives and externally accessible 3.5" devices.
Above is what you get when you have activated the button and allowed the motor to lift the front panel. This adds a lot to the "cool factor" of this enclosure already. For those concerned about the raising of this panel with regards to height, there should be little issue involved since the overall height increases only a small amount when it is being lifted. Unless you are running very cramped quarters for your enclosure, you shouldn't have any trouble.
Looking under the hood we see a full compliment of four optical drive bays and a pair of externally accessible 3.5" bays. This should be plenty of room for the vast majority of us and will likely give us enough room to install our current devices and still have room left for future upgrades.
Oh, and in the event you need to get under the panel when you don't have any power hooked up to the box, rest assured that it is a simple matter of moving to the left side of the case and tilting the "Rescue" button upward. This unlocks the latching mechanism and allows you to easily lift the front panel to its open position.
Located just a bit under the Rescue button you will find a small door that closes to hide away the I/O ports that are accessed from the front. This allows you to maintain a sleek external appearance when those ports are not in use.
Included with the B2 are a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a IEEE1394 Firewire port, the customary speaker/headphone and mic ports, and a pair of e-SATA ports. This is a good deal more than most similar enclosures offer and the addition of e-SATA from the front is very nice. More and more external hard drives are offering this type of connectivity and not having to use an add-on PCI card is nice.
The side panel does not include a window, but it does offer a very unique appearance that will set your rig off at your next LAN party. It is very obvious where the design came from, with the triangular wing design of the actual Stealth Bomber used by the US military. It has made news all over the world and will be readily identifiable by your buddies.
Taking a closer look at the design shows the entire contoured area under the wing consists of venting panels that help in the cooling of your system. We'll dig a little deeper into this in just a bit.
On the back edge of the side panels you will find a couple of these little clips. If you think that it looks to be hinged in some manner, you would be correct. There are two small prongs that lock onto the back edge and keep your side panel firmly in place. Pull outward until the locking clip releases and you can easily remove the panel without the use of any tools. You also will not have to worry about thumb screws being attached too tightly when you need to get inside your box.
Moving to the back panel shows a pretty basic setup, but also shows a 120mm fan that handles the exhaust needs of the B2. The power supply is offset a bit to allow room for two holes that let you run an external water cooling solution. Both holes are protected by rubber grommets and measure in at 7/8" in diameter. This will easily allow for the use of 3/4" OD tubing.
Now we will get rid of that side panel and see what we have on the inside of the enclosure.
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