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  Product:     Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case  
  Price:     $165 (CAN) / $119 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     EndPCNoise
  Author:     Shennon
  Date:     November 12th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Cathy from EndPCNoise for sending the Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case for review.

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Introduction:

Apple Computers revitalized the computer industry by providing a unique approach towards unconventional computer chassis design. While the Apple style chassis design has been specifically designed for the Macintosh line of computers, there has been a small buzz in the case modding community regarding adapting these types of cases for PC use. If you follow the case modification scene closely, there have already been a series of modification articles released which document the conversion process of the Apple G3 and G4 style cases. For those PC users unable to get their hands on a G3 or G4 chassis, a few manufacturers have created a new series of PC Mac style cases marketed under the Nexus brand name. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case from EndPCNoise, a product which will allows the easy installation of PC hardware in a Mac style case.

Specifications:

The iStyle series of cases are available in three available colours: black, silver and white. The iStyle cases feature double walled panels which help dampen internal fan noise. Here are some specifications taken directly from the EndPCNoise website:

Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case - Key Features:
Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case: Distributed by EndPCNoise
Dimensions: 18" (H) x 8.25" (W) x 20" (D)
Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro ATX, Flex ATX, ITX
Drive Bays: 9 (5.25" x 4 (External), 3.5" x 2 (External), 3.5" x 3 (Internal)
Case Type: P4 ATX Tower
Expansion Slots: 7 pcs
Colour: White
Special Features: Front USB and IEEE 1394 ports

Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case
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Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case
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The Nexus iStyle arrived in a non-descript double-walled corrugated cardboard box. The case was sealed in protected plastic with two pieces of polystyrene located on the top and bottom. Out of the box, my initial impressions of the iStyle were positive, I could almost see the influence and Mac styling design along with standard PC functionality. I was really interested to see how the rest of the case measure up during my evaluation.

Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case
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Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case
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Once all the wrapping was removed, the white coloured texture of the case really stands out. The iStyle is painted on the inside of the plastic giving it a nice shiny surface. The case stands about 46 cm which is standard for a mid-tower case and consists of plastic panels that cover all but the bottom of the case. The panels act as an extra sound dampener and keep all internal noises down to a minimum. The package also includes an optical drive bay cover which offers stealth features.

Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case
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Nexus White iStyle ATX Quiet Computer Case
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Once in place, the upper CD-ROM panel will cover the drives to help keep the styling consistent. To effectively use the stealth drive faces, you first must remove your existing CD/DVD-ROM faceplates. The stealth bay covers include a chrome plastic CD/DVD-ROM button which will reach the original drive's own eject button. The use of this design will pose a problem for those who have a slot loading optical drives since the iStyle look is very dependant on the top panel. Below the two stealthed bays are two more bays which could be used for more drives or drilled for the early style fan control devices which used the case’s original plates for mounting. The floppy drive bay covers utilize use the same stealth mechanism as the 5.25" drive bay covers and is also integrated into the front bezel. The floppy drive is inserted from behind the drive bay plate for access. Consumers should note that this might pose a problem for a few individuals with floppy drives which have hinged doors attached to the front bezel and not to the unit itself. During my evaluation, I noticed that stock beige computer components would look too dark for the case and should be painted white in order to properly blend with the iStyle. Below the floppy drive is a chromed plastic power button with the power LED in it. The smaller reset button and the HDD activity LED are also located in this area.
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