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-- Skyhawk Jupiter Case
-- Price: ~$110.00 USD
-- 12.02.2002
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   Today we're taking a look at the new Jupiter case from Skyhawk.  With so many cases on the market right now with lights, windows and other accessories, it is hard to choose the right one.  Not only would you need something to catch the eye of the consumer, you also have to make it useful.  What's the point of a feature if it does not benefit the user?  Let's see what this Jupiter case can do for us...

   I do have to mention that this case came in a box reinforced with Styrofoam.  Pretty normal nowadays but the Styrofoam was lined with cardboard so it would not break apart.  More manufacturers should do this!  Taking or removing a case with shattered pieces of Styrofoam is a pain in the ass.

   Here are some specs from Skyhawk:

  • Material: 1.0 mm anodized Aluminum Alloy resisting dust & fingerprint.
  • Coating: Hardness scale 3, protecting from scratch
  • Front Jacks: USB version 2.0, Microphone, earphone, IEEE1394
  • Fans: One front 80mm intake fan, one rear CPU blower with 80mm fan, one 60 mm rear exhaust fan
  • Drive Bays: 4 x 5.25 (external), 2 x 3.5 (external), & 4 x 3.5 (internal)
  • Expansion Slots: 7 slots with screwdriver-free thumbscrews
  • Motherboard: ATX or Micro ATX
  • Dimension: 7.9 (W) x 16.2 (H) x 19.3 (D)
  • Option for windowed side panel

   The model we are reviewing comes with a pre-cut side window.  This is a $20 option, otherwise this case would normally retail for $90.

   Now for the features:

  • LCD/Light Module: Always-on (even system off) power from VSB output. LCD Displays time, temperature, and HDD/System-on/off status.
  • Multi-Color Light: Auto mode - automatically change colors every 2 seconds; Manual mode manually choose and lock the colors.
  • Temperature Sensor: 23 long wire sensor, placed anywhere in the enclosure.
  • Chassis: All-Folded Edges to strengthen the structure and keep from cutting fingers.
  • Bezel: Integrate Aluminum Stripe/film, Plexiglas, painted/plated plastic, and LCD/Light Module with style.

   Features are not bad at all, comes pre-installed with an LCD panel that displays temperature readings as well as the simple feature of telling the time.  Reminds me of our indiglo clock mod from a few weeks ago.

   The front of the case is pretty sleek with clear expansion bay covers.

   At the bottom of the front bezel is the front USB/FireWire/Mic/Headphone extension ports.  More and more cases are putting this feature in since it is incredibly convenient.  You can also see the front LCD panel, we'll get to that later on.

   Our sample came with a pre-modified window complete with a clear blue 80mm fan in the middle.

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