There are a lot of new and exciting case modification parts and accessories available currently for your favorite beige box. You've got the common window kit to the neon lights, definitely enough to spruce up your normal box a notch.
We were contacted by TekHeads and asked if we wanted to take a look at one of their new products they received called the LaserBay. What this essentially is, is a 5.25" beige bay cover that has a name cut out on the front with some bright LEDs in the back shining through it. Real simple idea to get that extra look when you're at a LAN party. We received ours with GideonTech already etched into the bay.
I actually first saw this done on another hardware site, Ph34r Factory. Adam, the web guy over at Street Glow also had this mod done to his box. They've got a guide on it, but I guess LaserBay took it a step further and started mass producing these. Not exactly sure who started it, but nonetheless we'll take a look at how you can implement this on your box.
The LaserBay fits in any 5.25" bay you can find. It comes with a set of screws so you can secure it to your drive cage. Custom names can be cut in the cover I believe, but may cost a bit more.
I lifted the white covering on the top to expose the LEDs sitting behind there. There are a total of four (4) of them in a row. All of them are red in color, guess it'll match the color scheme of our site.
The LEDs are secured to the actually drive bay with plastic ties. Not exactly the most professional mod job here, but it works nicely in keeping the lights in place. There is a molex connector that protrudes out of the back, which powers these lights. This is prototype when we first received it and we are told that the LEDs will be brighter and there will be a molex pass through in the final production model.
The backing of the etching is covered with a plastic sheet. This is done to spread the light that the LEDs emit more smoothly. If this wasn't there the red light would be brighter in some spots while dim in another.