Whether it is the case, blow holes, mouse pad, how far your system is overclocked and or tweaked, heatsink, fans, case windows, water-cooling or whatever...There is always that element of cool to ones PC system and how cool it really is. But, we are missing one key feature that is indeed very cool and something the true ultimate hardcore case modder cannot be without, that is Neon Lights of course. A new company has started up in Melbourne Australia called PC Case Gear; they are the official Australian distributors for PCMods.com (well known USA based company) and offer their full range of top quality products to Australian consumers. James Cameron, owner of the store, was kind enough to send us down one of their sexy 10" blue neon light kits to evaluate on TweakTown, which (believe it or not) is one of our very first case modding related reviews to be published on TweakTown.
As far as I know, neon lights are illegal to be used in cars in all states and territories of Australia, especially when the culprit is crusin' in his or her car listening to some Nelly. It almost feels like you are breaking the law having a neon light, especially when many are brought off the black market down here in Australia. This is mostly because not a lot of stores stock them down under, at least that's what one of my dodgy type friends told me the other day who likes this type of stuff...Heh, I can just see it now, all my friends getting me to buy them neon lights, they would naturally think I'm buying them through black market channels when I'm really buying them directly through the PC Case Gear store in sunny Melbourne.
The PCMods.com 10" blue neon light I have sitting in front of me right now is the best neon light I have ever seen, that would be because it is the first one neon light I have ever seen, physically. PC Case Gear stocks both 10" and 15" size models in blue, purple, green and red. The neon light kit I received came totally assembled, all I needed to do was attach to the case with the required items (screws and double sided 3M tape) that came included with the kit.
The kit also comes with a comprehensive instruction sheet with all the information needed to successfully install your brand new neon light. All installation really involves is opening your case, sitting the neon light in your case, give it some power and turning it on. PC Case Gear also sent me a case window to evaluate on TweakTown; I will be installing this window into a full tower case shortly, until then I'll leave one side of my case off so everyone can take notice of the sexy neon.
The neon light can be turned on and off with a handy little black switch, not that you'd ever want to turn something off with this amount of class. A little featured implemented by PCMods.com was an additional molex power plug to avoid the loss of power flow and a power plug. The neon light itself is very bright; it is effective in both dark and daytime environments, but obviously being more impressive in the dark, which just happened to be the time of writing the review and taking the pictures for it.
The kit even includes its very own drill template sheet if you decided to implement the switch to your case. I choose not to do this as I never really have a permanent case, but I'm sure many with more permanent cases would see this as a wonderful idea stead of having to remove the case continually to turn the neon light on and off.
While testing the neon light, I wondered how much heat it would generate and if it would fail because of excessive heat and use, like when a processor over heats and Windows crashes. After leaving the neon light on for a period of 24 hours straight it was only only warm, according to my Raytek MT4 temperature gun the temperature was only 40 degrees Celsius. I was a little concerned if the neon light would increase case temperature, it didn't and this is thanks to the units low heat output. As for power consumption, it only uses 3 watts of power; this is less than your average HDD uses.
PC Case Gear are about to be getting a shipment of new specialty neon light kits from PCMods.com that are liquid and sound sensitive, wow. I downloaded a couple MPEG videos of the new neon lights in action, they really do look totally amazing - I want one, someone please send me one. The MPEG videos can be downloaded from the PC Case Gear website, I would encourage everyone to check these out - They look totally awesome indeed.
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