The R-3 Corona; Exterior
After removing all of the exterior packaging, the resultant case is comparatively tiny and extremely lightweight.
The R3 Corona is completely black in colour; the only distinction between the different panels is the finish – the sides being matt and the front being glossy.
The shiny front of the case is protected by a thin, sticky plastic cover that keeps off any dust or greasy fingerprints from ruining the finish. This definitely improves the look of the product as once the plastic is peeled away; the finish is very much unblemished and gives a touch of quality.
The front panel of the R-3 Corona is where GMC have focused the most attention. The shape of the case in somewhat unusual at it slopes inwards at the bottom of the case. This not only adds a definite characteristic to the otherwise generic structure but also has a practical feature; it allows the ODD to operate vertically. Evidently, this approach to the mounting of the drive is very much cutting-edge and GMC proudly boast the patent for this particular feature.
Moreover, it appears that the manufacturer has centred their marketing ploy around this special characteristic and it could well be a selling point for many enthusiasts out there who want a case with a twist or something different. Therefore, in this sense it is a very clever move by GMC and fits in with their theme of innovation.
Apart, from the shape of the front panel, it is more or less left plain with the only writing being that of the company’s logo and slogan – ‘innovation and design’.
Finally, located at the bottom, are a series of ports. These include:
- 2x USB 2.0
- Microphone Jack
- Headphone Jack
As well as a reset button and, of course, the essential power button.
The side panels of the case are similarly plain and the only thing breaking up the black exterior are two vents to allow airflow through the case.
Moving on to the rear of the R-3 Corona – this part of the case is relatively basic with the usual features and mounts. There is an 80mm fan in order to extract any hot air from the interior with room for another 80mm fan above this. Also, there is a gap for the motherboard mount to be fitted depending on the type used.
The second side panel is where the R-3’s unique feature is displayed. The push button allows the ODD to be opened without having to use the buttons on the drive itself which would be awkward as it is perpendicular to its usual position. Instead simply sliding the button downwards opens the drive which opens revealing the disc – a very innovative idea indeed.