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A tower of sins?

Product : Juno P6 tower case
#Price : 71.91 from Overclockers UK (price includes VAT)
Available from : Overclockers UK
Related reviews : Globalwin 802

When we saw the specifications of this case we were quite interested in finding out more about it, however once we got it in we were disappointed. The Juno P6 full tower case is a large case, with it's exterior clad in blue plastic, to mimmick the Imac/G3. It has a door on the front which covers the 3.5" bays as well as the 5.25" ones along with the power and reset switches. This means that you have to open and shut the plastic door quite often.

While it might seem that this tower is of no particular use to overclockers, when you look inside there are features that make it an attractive option. The dual power supply option is one of these, along with the space for 5 80mm case fans.

Here are some of the specifications from the Juno P6 :-

  • 64cm tall by 21cm wide and 46cm deep
  • 6 x 5.25" drive bays
  • 2 x 3.25" floppy drive bays
  • 2 x 3.25" hard drive bays
  • 3 x 80mm exhaust holes
  • 2 x 80mm intake holes
  • 300w Morex power supply unit
  • Option to have a second power supply unit
  • No jagged edges
  • Blue/green facia

As per usual the tower format means that there is quite a few 5.25" drive bays. The disappointing fact, however is that there is only 2 x 3.5 hard drive bays. This means we were stuck after putting in our second hard drive, until we bought 5.25" drive caddies or hard drive coolers. After further inspection inside it is possible to see there is enough room to add more 3.5" hard drive bays. When compared to the Globalwin 802 case (you can find that review here), the Globalwin comes out on top with 4 3.5" drive bays and 3 5.25" drive bays, you have to remember the Globalwin is only a mini tower case.

The plastic fascia in Imac colours looks very tacky and cheap, and while you can take it off the metal that is left behind would have several small holes thus rendering it looking just as bad. The plastic door requires quite a bit of strength from your nails to open it, since there is no recess, and the white plastic paneling also comes off the door very easily. This cheap mock up in Imac/G3 colours downgrades the case and takes some of it's inner class away.

Inside, the two 80mm air intake fan holders are almost impossible to fit back once they have been taken out to place a fan in. In our case they just both fell off.

These are the pros we found with this case :-

  • Dual power supply option
  • 5 x 80mm case fan holders

So there you have the pros, not very many as you can see, and for the record here are the cons to this case :-

  • 2 x 3.25" hard drive bays
  • Cheap blue/green fascia
  • Poor build quality (case fan holders couldn't be put back after fitting 80mm fans)
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Since you are paying around the 70-80 margin you expect better from a case. This case has some very promising features, however the tacky blue fascia really spoils a lot of the appeal, along with the poor build quality. We have no hesitation in recommending the Globalwin 802 case over this one, even if it is a mini tower.