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  Product:     MountainMods U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case  
  Price:     $390 (CAN) / $299 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     MountainMods
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     November 19th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Ben from MountainMods for sending the U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case for review.

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Introduction:

Custom case fabrication is considered an art form, restricted to those individuals who possess both talent and tools available to build a computer chassis from scratch. What makes custom case fabrication unique is that there are no rules or boundaries when it comes to designing the ultimate dream computer case. At the same time it allows consumers a choice and an opportunity to own something unique rather than follow the rest crowd into what is known as the mass produced pre-modified computer case market. MountainMods is a relatively new player in the PC modification market whose goals are to carry unique products with optimization of PC performance and cosmetic quality. The company has gained significant popularity with the case modification community with the release of several aluminum style cube cases marketed under the brand name of U2-UFO. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case, a custom designed aluminum chassis for hardcore PC enthusiasts.

Specifications:

The U2-UFO Aluminum Cube is just one of several custom designed computer cases available from MountainMods. The company has developed what it calls U2-UFO Trilogy line, which essentially is the U2-UFO available in three different configuration styles. Consumers have the option of selecting the U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case with a solid top, acrylic windows or with different coloured Quad LED fans. Here are some specifications taken directly from the MountainMods website:

U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case - Key Features:
U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case: Manufactured by MountainMods
Dimensions: 18" (D) x 18" (W) x 18" (H)
Weight: 15 lbs
Material: 2mm Aluminum Alloy
Drive bays: 14 (5 x 5.25" external and 9 x 3.5" internal)
Removable motherboard tray w/120mm discharge fan cutout
Fans: 9 (4 x 120 mm front, 1 x 120mm rear, 4 x 80mm rear)
Stainless Steel threaded inserts and I/O expansion cover plates
Tool-less key design with included thumbscrews
Special Features: Triple Window Design, Chrome Switches, Chrome Leds and Casters

MountainMods U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case
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MountainMods U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case
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The U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case arrived in good condition and was shipped in standard cardboard packaging via FedEx Ground. The package was very light weight and contained no district markings other than the included packaging slip and company address. Upon opening up the packaging, the case is secured using a series of polystyrene pieces which have been placed around each corner of the cube. The case itself was enclosed in a black garbage bag.

MountainMods U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case
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MountainMods U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case
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Out of the box, my initial impressions of the U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case were extremely positive. The design of the U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and is accented with subtle chrome highlights and lexan windows. The U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Computer Case measures approximately 18" (H) x 18" (W) x 18" (D) and supports all Micro ATX, Full ATX and Extended ATX motherboards. The case is very light weight at 15 lbs and is custom manufactured from 2mm thick aluminum alloy. The front portion of the case is very stylish with a great futuristic type look that is replicated from the top portion of the bezel to the bottom. As previously mentioned, consumers have the option of ordering this case in standard form or with pre-modified windows in place on the side and top panels. Also included in the package was an assortment of items which included mounting screws and bolts, motherboard stand-offs and four swivel caster wheels.
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