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Sunbeamtech Acrylic HTPC-style ATX Case Review
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Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 15:49
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From MadShrimps:

The Sunbeamtech Acrylic, HTPC-style case is excellent for display and demonstration purposes. In this in-depth review we´ll find out if this case is up to the task of keeping our system cool under stress while looking flashy with some LED lighting.

Read the full review at MadShrimps:

This HTPC-style kit consists of 46 acrylic panels and pieces (incl. the motherboard standoffs), 164 screws in many different sizes (some look to be custom items), one aluminum plate for the I/O shield (removable) and card slots bracket, four 80 x 25mm blue LED fans (also transparent down to even the insulation on the leads), one ports and switch panel circuit board with cable assemblies, one parts description sheet with line drawings of the acrylic parts and b/w photos of the screws (each type in a separate, labeled bag) and misc., two double sided sheets of assembly instructions with drawings, one system speaker dongle, one long-bladed Philips screwdriver (not suitable for regular use) and, finally, one pair of white, fabric gloves (you can see them in some of the pix resting on the top of the case)


I won't go in-depth on the assembly process - suffice to say that it generally went smoothly and everything lined up well. I will note the trouble areas and hang-ups as I go along.

It's easy to gather that a prospective owner should enjoy assembling things from many parts, jigsaw puzzles, etc. to attempt this project. The false perspective of the assembly diagrams regarding the base plate can throw one off and the assembly diagram for the front panel is reversed. Be sure to note on which side of the panel that the countersinking for the flat-head, I/O and switch panel screws exists, and you'll be good to go. The fan frames were more flexible than I expected, but I pre-tapped the holes with the fan screws anyway. That makes assembling the fans to the case panels and/or bracket, easier.

 
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