Sunbeamtech Acrylic HTPC-style ATX Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by BillHill @ 2008-06-16

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.

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Packaging and Specifications


The outer box, in which the review sample arrived, was the typical tan corrugated with black printing of about the same size as a typical ATX mid-tower case (21.25 x 19.5 x 10 inches) which normally holds three of the acrylic case kits - your online reseller will probably use whatever box they have on hand. The actual kit box is mainly black with color pictures and white text (see pic below) - a nice package for retail settings and is about 20.5 x 18.75 x 3 inches.

While inside that is yet a third corrugated box bound with two sturdy straps to keep the acrylic panels from moving at all. Every major piece of acrylic is wrapped in foam sheeting which also helps keep the parts from shifting and there are thicker foam pieces to contain the smaller pieces and at the corners. All this packaging conspired to deliver the kit in perfect shape. The gross weight of this kit itself is 12 lb. 5 oz. (5.6 kg).

Retail package with inner carton showing.

(from web site and personal observation)

  • Available Colors - Transparent Colorless (HTPC-T) or Transparent UV Blue (HTPC-HUVB).

  • Drive Bays
    5.25" Drives x 2
    3.5" Drives x 1 ( External )
    3.5" Drives x 8( Internal ).

  • Front I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 2 + Speaker + Microphone.

  • Weight: Gross 12 pounds 5 oz. (5.6 kg), Net 11-1/3 pounds (4.8 kg).

  • Dimensions: 18.25"(D)x 16-13/16"(W)x 7"(H) - 47.5(L)*44(W)*19.5(H) CM.

  • M/B Type: Standard ATX (microATX or mini-ITX may also be used).

  • Card Slots: 7.

  • Power Supply: None Supplied - Accepts standard ATX form factor of any reasonable length.

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    Comment from skitzin @ 2008/06/18
    The chase looks pretty nice, but is it also strong?
    I remember when I had my old sunbeam chase it felt it could break down every second -.-
    Comment from jmke @ 2008/06/19
    the panels are quite thick and won't break easily