The display will show you the speed of any attached fans and the temperature of the two sensors in either Celsius or Fahrenheit degrees. The supplied manual explains how to set up the various options. For all this to work you need to attach the AllInOne to a standard Molex connector via a special power adaptor.
Moving on to the flap, or rather what’s behind it, I have to say I was impressed by the sheer amount of connection options that greeted me when I opened it. There are two USB 2.0 ports, a single six-pin FireWire connector, a composite video connector, SATA data and power connectors, three audio jacks for headphones, microphone and line-in and finally four memory card slots. The card reader accepts Type I/II Compact Flash cards as well as MicroDrives, MemoryStick – including Pro and MagicGate – SD, MMC and SmartMedia. Oddly enough there doesn’t seem to be any support for XD cards. You can of course use various downscaled formats with the help of an adapter as well, just as with any other memory card reader.
This is really handy as you’ll have all your ports on the front of the computer, just what you’d want for ease of reach. However, this is were the problem starts, as to be able to use all this connectivity you need to wire it up inside or outside, depending on your PC. Akasa has supplied pretty much every conceivable cable, apart from an internal audio cable. For those that don’t have any spare headers on their motherboard or just find that part a little too complicated Akasa provides a rear bracket with a hole in which you have to fit in the back of your PC – this is then used to pass the cables through.
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