Face it, 50% of us Gurus really do like pimped PCs, shiny, bling, heck .. the Feng Shui attitude of, for example, UV lighting in a PC. Therefore it is often used by many of us. Some hate it, some love it .. I'm still in that stage where I am fascinated by that radiating light effect. And so do others, as complete spraypainted PCs, acrylic PC cases, modded cased have been build and based from often merely a simple idea .. a figure, a color, material .. and lighting..
Some take it a step further... acrylic material. A relative cheap to purchase item and when properly built by a chassis manufacturer, very interesting material for the end user. An even better fun fact is that Plexiglas can be made UV reflective and when you combine all these properties nicely together the end results of building a UV reflective chassis can be breath-taking, astonishing really.
It's a challenge though, the chassis needs to fit the purpose and the reality is... when you use transparent acrylic with UV coating... you'll see every and any wire, component, peripheral inside that chassis. So this is not for everybody.
A couple of weeks ago the guys from Sunbeamtech released a HTPC based on such a design, and asked us to review it. Assembling these chassis' is a lot of work so I did at first hesitate. But then when I looked at the specs, I could not resist. A fully functional HTPC chassis, with proper cooling, front panel, UV lit fans all at a very sharp price of just 79 USD. Sunbeamtech offers their Acrylic HTPC case in two versions: a clear non-UV reagent acrylic (HTPC-T) or using a blue UV-reagent acrylic (HTPC-HUVB), the model we reviewed.
So while a chassis like this is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to assemble, both chassis and components wise .. the end-result .. ah just have a look at that photo below and then head on off to the next page where I'll show you the assembly of this chassis.
SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis review A review on the SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis. A fully functional HTPC chassis, with proper cooling, front panel, UV lit fans all at a very sharp price of just 79 USD. Sunbeamtech offers their Acrylic HTPC case in two versions: a clear non-UV reagent acrylic (HTPC-T) or using a blue UV-reagent acrylic (HTPC-HUVB), the model we reviewed.
SunBeamTech UFO Acrylic Cube Case review Face it, it's short from stunning how many cases there are out there to pick from. So why Acryllic you ask ? Well .. ehm I dunno. it's just looking so damn cool. See if you forget about the fact that kit's the worst material to use as a chassis cooling wise, incredibly "not" handy to work with, scratchable, smears everywhere and oy .. the fingerprints. But all that aside .. if you get the wiring and lighting right, an Acrylic chassis might be one of the coolest things you've ever built.
SunBeamtech Tuniq 3 chassis review Today we'll peek at Sunbeamtech's Tuniq line of products (Tuniq is actually a subsidiary product series of Sunbeamtech). They have the new Tuniq 3 out, an aluminum looking and styled chassis which in our photo lab was one of the hardest things ever to photograph!
SunBeamtech 'Silent Storm' ATX mid tower This PC case is made for the people who like silence, good cooling yet do not want to own a screamy flashy lit PC. And the guys from SunBeamtech did a very nice job in designing a mid-tower PC case like this.