About a year ago I met with Elan Raja - one of the Directors of Scan - and he told me that he had big plans for the system building arm of the company. Elan told me that he didn't want to be building bog standard PCs - there were enough companies doing that, he wanted to create something different, something special, something desirable. Sitting in front of me right now is the fruit of Elan's labour and I have to say that it certainly lives up to his vision.
When I first unboxed the Isotope I was surprised by its futuristic, industrial look. Of course I'd seen pictures of it before, but to be honest they didn't do it justice. Even the images that accompany this review, don't really give you an idea of how cool this machine looks in real life. It didn't take long before Sci-Fi geek Benny was in on the act and, unsurprisingly, he agreed with me when I said that it looked like a prop from Star Trek. You know that something looks good when two technology journalists spend ten minutes just examining it from multiple angles before even switching it on. Of course Jalal had to be contrary and say that he didn't like it, but then he also refuses to use Firefox - need I say more?
Size wise, the Isotope sits somewhere between a small form factor box and a midi tower. The result is that it will sit comfortably on your desk without dwarfing it, but you have enough space inside to put pretty much any configuration you wish - except for SLi of course. The undecagon (that's 11 sided) styling means that the base is flat, while the top is pointed. This made it easy for Scan to create a carrying handle for the top, but just make sure that you have the casing fastened properly before you pick it up.
Of course the pointed top means that you can't place anything on top of the machine, but since the opening for the handle is also a cooling vent, that's not such a bad thing. Besides, when you've got a machine that looks this good, you shouldn't be spoiling it by placing clutter on top of it.