SunbeamTech Tech-Station UV Case
|SunbeamTech Tech-Station UV Case|
|Assembly, Installation and Usage|
If you are a hardware enthusiast, gamer or hardware analyst, you know how much of a pain it can be to constantly take things in and out of your case. While it may be true that a case offers a safe home for your hardware, removing a motherboard from your case each time you want to try out a new HSF, install a new water block or even replace your CPU can be a pain in the butt if you do it often. Over the years, I've actually worn out a couple of cases from all the installation/removal kerfuffle. Today we are looking at the second "Tech Station" that we've seen around here - the first being the High Speed PC Top Deck Tech Station back in January of 2008. SunbeamTech has had a while to think about this and improve the design, and we'll find out in this review if it is indeed a nice option.
Because the SunbeamTech Ultra-Tech Station is a build-your-own kit, it comes in a nice small box. This allows for cheaper shipping rates based on size, but not necessarily on weight. The box is a bit more bulky that the HSPC unit, but because it is made from Acrylic, SunbeamTech has opted to be more careful in terms of packing, and it arrived unharmed.
As you can see above, everything is packed pretty well with stiff foam keeping everything in place and damage-free. Inside the package is a bunch of goodies as you can see below. Included in the package is everything you need - including feet, screws, stand-offs, gloves, and even a USB bracket that also contains power and reset buttons as well as audio. The Ultra-Tech Station is much more of a case than other the other Tech Station we looked at which was simply a bench on which to assemble gear.
All the screws included are too-less and even though it looks like a lot of gear, assembly is pretty simple and the manual is helpful if you get stuck. I put this unit together in about 10 minutes and was pretty happy with the result and never had to take anything apart and put it back together "correctly". Overall, it was a quick, easy experience.
Before we get into assembly and installation though, we'll take a look at the features and information about this product.
Overview, Features & Specs:
The Ultra-Tech Station Acrylic Case was designed for the DIY fanatics! We placed the ease of installation at the top of the list and designed this unique case with ultra quick component mounting design for all internal components from hard drive to mother board. We even made sure that installation of power supply was quick too! We also felt that even though speed and ease was the primary objective, having cables dangling all around is just too unsightly, so three cable through-hole was place at key locations to tidy the cables up.
As for the easy-to-loose screws, we made sure that they are always available when you need them by providing you with 8 spare holes, which can also be used to hold your screw drivers if you so incline. The Ultra-Tech Station not only provides you with ultra easy installations, it is equally easy during removal of components. The case is also free from side panels to allow for free-flowing air to naturally cool down the system, a breakthrough in cooling design that will challenge the idea that acrylic cases have poorer cooling capability. The Ultra-Tech Station, designed to please the DIY monster in you!
- Easy Mounting
- USB 2.0 Ports x 2 + Audio and Microphone
- Tool Free Installation for 3.5” and 5.25” Devices
- No loose AGP/PCI add-in cards
- Can be Assembled with 3 PCS 3.5" HDD
- Can be Put Spare Screws and Screwdriver
- Easy to Organize Cable
- Support HD Audio and AC97 Audio
- Color - Transparent UV-Blue
- Drive Bay - 2x 5.25" + 3x 3.5"
- Dimension - 415(D)*290(W)*280(H) mm
- Motherboards - Flex ATX, ATX, Micro ATX
On the next page we'll put it together, build a system on it and share some final thoughts.