Date: May 21th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Xoxide Modifications
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CONCLUSIONS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS
Well, in the computer enthusiast crowd, you have two types of people. One that likes to hack there computers up into a piece of computational art, and the others that would like to have a unique case, but just don't have the manual dexterity to undertake an overhaul of their computer. Well, Xoxide helps the latter by doing the work for them. And in this case (no pun intended), they do it rather cheaply. When you factor in the work and materials involved in the modifying of this case, $139.99US (not including power supply) is not a bad deal at all.
I myself am an avid case-modder and love to tinker with my case to make it a little more heat efficient and better looking. But, I have to let you know, it was nice to have a "turn-key" approach to a nice case. No work, No cutting, No mess and great looks make for a no-brainer decision. While working on the review, I felt that a couple of things needed to be addressed to make this case even better. For one, I think the switch controlling the fans needs a better placement. I found it to be a slight pain in the behind to always reach down to the floor to switch the fans on. I find that a better place would be the 5 1/4" bay that the 120mm exhaust fan blocks. This would make the switch more accessible and also make use of the unused bay. Also, lengthening the wires going from the switch to the fans would be a great idea so that the wires could be tucked away and not be as noticeable, seeing that this case is made for "good-looks". Other than that, this case has been made into the Tweaknews.net test rig and will be continue to be for a long time from now. While at Xoxide , checkout their other types of modified cases if this case doesn't meet your fancy, I'm sure they will have something that will exactly meet your needs.
-Everything Completed for you
-Nice Switch to control the fans
-Add a Cold Cathode Light Kit and you have a great looking rig! =)
-Switch Placement needs to be changed
-Maybe a better Base case could be used
-Longer Wires needed between the main Fan switch and the Fans.