GGG May 2003 - IntroductionIntroductionDue to the success of Aprils Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide we have chosen to release another one, unfortunately due to some computer issues in our labs it has come a few days later then expected.Like last month case modding makes quite a big appearance as well as some of the latest MP3 players to hit the market. A few other items that have creped into our office and are also featured to turn this into 10 pages of pure goodies for your computer.So sit back, grab your energy drink and be fulfilled with information that will help you spend that loose change that is floating around.
GGG May 2003 - Custom CasesCustom CasesCustom Cases are quite new to the retail market here in Melbourne, Australia and have been able to build themselves a nice reputation. Concentrating on the ever growing case modding market with competitive prices and an excellent range of items they are quickly becoming quite well known. This month they where kind enough to provide us with the latest lighting equipment from Antec, some very cool fans from Cooler Master and something every case modder shouldn't be with out, wire loom.In coming months Custom cases should make a regular appearance in our guides with the latest and greatest from case modding sector of the industry.- Antec Multi Color Light SticksAntec have built themselves quite a respectable name when it comes to cases. With case modding getting bigger and bigger it looks like it might be the time for Antec to have a closer look at it, early last month we had the chance to have a look at the latest cases from them which we were very happy with, hopefully these new lights can keep up with them.
GGG May 2003 - Custom Cases ContinuedCustom Cases Continued- Cooler Master 4 LED fansCooler Master are quite well known for making a product of excellent quality, unfortunately this usually comes with a high price tag and when we received the new LED fans that Cooler Master have on offer we didn't expect anything different - a high quality fan at a high price.The cooler master four LED fan kit comes with four screws, a three to four pin Molex connecter as well as the fan, of course. The fans we are looking is white as well as a darker orange sample. Earlier this year we had the chance to look at the cold cathode fans offered by Sunbeam. While these are excellent fans they did add the extra wires as well as the extra thickness due to the cold cathode being an addition to the fan, the advantage of the LED fans is that you simply have one wire to plug in and they are no thicker than a normal 80 X 80 X 25 fan.
GGG May 2003 - VantecVantecVantec is one company that shouldn't need an introduction; they have been creating quality products for the enthusiast market for a while now and keep following the same very high standard with every new product.If you had a chance to read last months guide, you would remember that we had a look at the Vantec hard drive cooler which while offered a higher price tag then others on the market, it was defiantly the best we have seen in a while. Vantec have provided us with some fans from the Spectrum range they have recently released. This range is aimed at the case modders interested in lighting up their cases.- Spectrum UV FansThe Spectrum UV Fans kit is similar to those of the Cooler Master fans.Included is the fan as well as four screws and a three pin to four pin adapter. The fans look like a simple clear fan but as soon as you power them up with an Ultra Violet cold cathode this is where you really begin to see what the fans are designed for. Due to the design of the fan it helps light the fan up a lot. This looks a lot nicer then the normal black fan and to some people better then LED fans due to the same amount of brightness all around instead of where LED's are shining.The Spectrum UV fans push a maximum 39 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) at 34 decibels, which is not too bad at all.
GGG May 2003 - MushkinMushkinAs soon as you mention the word Mushkin around an overclocker they instantly think of high quality memory modules.Recently Mushkin have moved into doing a few extra products on the side. Some of newer accessories from Mushkin are the portable MP3 players along with USB 2.0 flash drives and other little items likes pens and t shirts to show off at your local LAN party.- Mushkin Enhanced MP3 PlayerFor the past couple of years MP3 players have become the next big thing in portable music players. Due to the ease of downloading and creating MP3s, most people won't have a problem getting a hold of them however they choose to obtain them. The benefit of MP3 players compared to CD players is that they are able to hold the same amount of music or more sometimes in such a small size unit. The Mushkin MP3 player is one of the best looking Flash Drive MP3 players on the market and the craftsmanship on it is very high. The back of the drive consists of a clip so it can easily be mounted onto any of your clothing; say your belt for example.
GGG May 2003 - PC ToysPC ToysPC Toys is a company dedicated to, well PC Toys...Items used for case modding, PC cooling and cases - overall you shouldn't have a problem finding something you like. This isn't always a good thing as it is one of those places where you will find it easy to spend your well earned dollars quickly. This month we are having a look at one of the fans that PC Toys have on offer, specifically the blue LED one.- Crystal MAXX 80mm Fan with two Blue LED lightsThe Crystal MAXX fan offered by PC Toys is a high end 80mm fan which can be attributed to the massive amount of air it is capable of pushing. The fan can push a maximum 52.6 CFM at a very loud 41.7 decibels.Fortunately the guys at PC Toys have been kind enough to include a speed adjuster with the fan. This is helpful when you don't want to hear the fan, of course the down side with that is it won't push as much air. The fan is a very cool; being clear in appearance but also has two blue LED's built into the center of it which gives the fan that little bit extra show.
GGG May 2003 - Altech ComputersAltech ComputersAltech Computers are a local computer wholesaler located in Sydney and Brisbane and a strong supporter of TweakTown. It seems that the big thing at the moment is flash drives. Since so many companies have started producing these flash drives, some with the ability to play MP3's, the price drop on these devices has been significant.We have already had a chance to look at the MP3 player that Mushkin have on offer earlier in the guide, it will be interesting to find out if the Seitec unit which Altech have provided us with can keep up with it.- Seitec MP3 playerThe first thing you notice about the unit when gripping it in your hand is that it doesn't feel as good as the Mushkin MP3 player. As far as features go it is very similar to the Mushkin unit - USB 1.1 interface, light weight, no drivers needed.One feature that does separate it from the Mushkin unit and a lot of other units we have seen is the inclusion of a laser pointer, while it doesn't really have any specific purpose it is a nice little extra and a little bit of fun. We don't recommend that you point it at people's eyes, saying that there is no harm in pointing it in some ones window who is 200 meters down the road.Editor's Note - Note to companies, please do not send any of our writers any more laser flashy things, please!!!
GGG May 2003 - Chameleon SpringsChameleon springs are a brand new product that is just about to be released to the market. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of information on the company that sent them to us so we will simply get straight into having a look at them.- Chameleon SpringsIf you simply handed this product to someone they would most likely not have the slightest idea what it is used for.Chameleon springs are aimed at the modder who wants to tidy up those messy wires inside that beautiful case of theirs. At the end of the day chameleon springs are just a fancy name for Wire Loom.The first thing you notice is that it won't look as good as the Wire Loom that Custom Cases has on offer here or any other type of wire loom with the similar design to the one we looked at earlier. The main reason for this is that you are still going to see the wires under the clear springs. This is better for tiding up your wires, while wire loom is better for making them look good at the same time which is what a case modder wants. If you can't hide it in a case then pretty it up, wire loom does this where chameleon springs don't. While they are capable of getting the wires together tightly you still see all the individual strands of red, blue and yellow.
GGG May 2003 - 3 Men and Conclusion3 Men3 Men are a new company to us here at TweakTown. When they offered to send their water wheel HDD cooler (WooHoo, water cooling products!) we became quite excited. But to then discover that it had remotely nothing to do with water, we instantly become some what disappointed. Anyway, let us see how it goes as a hard drive cooler.- Water WheelThe Water Wheel resembles the HD-600 hard drive cooler on offer by Just Cooler except with slightly redefined fins. These days HDD coolers haven't become such a big thing thanks to the good ventilation of new cases. HDD coolers also need somewhere to pull the cool air from and the Water Wheel is no exception.Depending on the case and its placement of HDD's, you can end up blowing warm air onto your hard drive which will do more harm then good.
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