We posted a review of the latest iteration of
In response to our concerns, Falcon looked into the problem. The photos below, according to Falcon Northwest CEO Kelt Reeves, say you don't need to worry if you're thinking of buying a Mach V.
We'll refer you to the review for the full details of the problem, but the short of it is that when we pushed the power button to turn our review unit on, the button collapsed into the case. Due to the case's construction, reseating the button involved an irritating, multi-step process in which we had to remove three of the four exterior case panels.
As illustrated by the photos below (if you squint, anyway), it seems the button instability was due to a preproduction version of the case, where the power button's supporting bracket was .001 inches too thick, which resulted in an insecure retaining tab.
We have only Falcon Northwest's word that these pictures explain the issue, and that the thicker clip went out only in preproduction review units and not the final systems that went out to customers. To the company's credit, it's been trustworthy throughout the seven-plus years this editor has reviewed its products, so we're not inclined to doubt its word. If you have the financial wherewithal to order a Mach V and have any issues similar to those we described, please let us know and we'll update accordingly.