Closer Look: Erazer X700 Exterior
The Erazer X700 Gaming System is a mid-tower system with dramatic styling. Blue LEDs illuminate the interior of the case as well as the lower front section. These LEDs are not super bright, but cast a subdued illumination in a dimly lit room.
At the top front of the system are microphone and speaker ports, and a single USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 socket. The plug to the right of the USB 2.0 socket seems to be sized for an eSATA port. Notice the engine start and overclock buttons. The former starts the computer, while the latter unlocks its overclocking feature. The buttons are nicely backlit when the computer is on. The overclock button latches down when you press it, and is only illuminated when it’s down.
The magnetically-latched front panel swings open to reveal a card reader, a dual-layer DVD burner, and two hot-swap drive bays. Pulling the lever on either bay slides out a tray that can accept 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives; a pre-wired backplane is in place for both bays, so adding drives is easy (if they’re 3.5″ drives, which snap into the carriers. 2.5″ drives will need to be secured by screws, and none are included with the system.) Not visible in this image are two additional 5.25″ bays below the hot swap bays.
The right side of the Erazer X700 computer has a large mesh panel through which you can see…well, not much, really, thanks to the video card brace. While it’s nice to have this brace in place for shipping, you can remove it if you wish.
The I/O panel of the custom Lenovo motherboard is pretty simple: starting at the left, we have optical audio and S/PDIF ports, six USB 2.0 ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an analog audio panel.
The top of the system has a spring-loaded panel that pushes down to reveal a USB 3.0 “B” connector and power connector. This is designed for an accessory Lenovo external drive, but I think a standard SATA dock would have been more useful.
Let’s take a look inside this system in the next section.