It's odd to think back 6-8 years ago regarding computers and more specifically case enclosures. I remember when I bought a beige Antec full tower case, just so I could stand out from the normal “cookie cutter” ATX mid tower case crowd. Case modding was somewhat of a burgeoning hobby, which progresses to this day, yet in it's infancy at the time. However, not everybody has the time, patience, money, or knowledge to competently modify their case adequately. After all, we not only want a fast PC, we want a damn sexy PC as well. Certainly, PC enthusiasts expect more from their cases in regards to function and design than when I first entered this hobby back in 1996. Lucky for us, the industry has responded with various choices in sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Today, we have a plethora of choices for which we can adorn our PC components.
About 2 months ago I was offered the opportunity to review the SunbeamTech
Samurai ATX Mid Tower case. I jumped at the chance as the case appealed to me visually, and from reading the specifications; it appeared to be a well-featured unit. Incorporating a "stylish" 3D front panel, unique side window, Front/Side USB 2.0/Audio ports, and a semi-tool-less design, the Samurai promises a lot of features for a relatively low suggested retail price. Please reference Sunbeam's product page for the Samurai Case
for complete manufacturer specifications.
Entering into a growing market, the Sunbeam Samurai is what would be considered a "pre-modded" case. That is, the case is distinctive in its own right, and little would have to be done to stand out amongst mainstream cases. What makes this particularly evident is the 3D style of the front panel on the case. Seen below, the case does resemble something mid-evil with a technical edge. If you squint just right, and take into consideration the name Sunbeam gave the case, you could see the resemblance of an armour helmet that a samurai warrior might wear. The round "eye" looking object tucked into the bezel is actually the power button with blue backlight that should provide a nice effect to the front of the case.