Sunbeam UFO Clear Acrylic Case ReviewTue, May 08, 2007 - 12:00 AM
Thinking About An Acrylic Computer Case?
Acrylic cases have been around for some time now, but only recently have prices dropped below $100 on several of these cases. The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T acrylic ATX cube computer case just happens to be one of these sub $100 acrylic cases as the case we are looking at today was snagged from the guys over at CrazyPC for $81.99 plus shipping. The UFO Acrylic Cube Case comes without a power supply, but does include a pair of 120mm blue LED fans. These fans not only help things stay nice and cool, but also improve the appearance of the chassis as the blue light looks great at the edges of the acrylic. If you want a clear case to show off your prized computer read on as we build a system in the Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T and give you honest feedback from our system build.
When the package arrived from CrazyPC it was clear that the case was not assembled and that we had some work to do. This was expected as acrylic cases are usually weak as no metal is used to strengthen the chassis.
A little box inside the big box was found and inside this inner box was each individually wrapper piece of acrylic that would need to be assembled.
Once everything was removed from the box and laid out we figure out we had a pretty big job in front of us. It took one hour to assemble the case from the time that the pieces laid till the system was fully installed into the case. The included instructions were found to be lacking some pictures and text that could have been helpful, but common sense helped out.
Mouting the hard drives meant that acrylic spacers had to be screwed into each hard drive and then then screwed to the hard drive and optical drive frame. The clear window on the Western Digital RaptorX hard drive looks great, but remember the motherboard will soon be sitting above it.
Since the case is acrylic and all the wires could be seen the Corsair HX620W power supply was chosen for it’s nice black finish and the fact that it is modular. The massive 120mm fan will also help move air on the lower section of the Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T computer case as no fan mounting systems are supplied for the bottom.