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  Product:     ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase  
  Price:     $195.95 (CAN) / $149.95 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     ClearPC
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     March 4th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star 

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Frank from ClearPC for providing the ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase for review.

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Introduction:

Acrylic computer enclosures have gained in popularity over the past few years by offering case modders an alternative for showcasing their custom rigs. In the past where assembling or building your own custom acrylic case required months of planning and sourcing material, this process has been simplified with a number of different offerings from a wide variety of case manufacturers. One is the biggest challenges for most manufacturers is coming up with a unique design that will appeal to consumers worldwide. ClearPC based out of Victoria, B.C. has established a solid reputation as one of the first Canadian based businesses to specialize in designing and manufacturing its own brand of consumer based acrylic cases. Capitalizing on the success of the original ClearPC, the company has expanded its product line to include a brand new acrylic enclosure designed specifically for the gaming market. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase, the world's first acrylic briefcase enclosure designed exclusively for the Micro-ATX and ATX platform.

Specifications:

The ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase is the one of several different acrylic enclosures offered on the ClearPC website. The original ClearPC was based on a mid-tower configuration and was able to accommodate an assortment of system configurations. The ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase utilizes some of the same attributes but is approximately 50% smaller than the original design. Here are some of the case specifications taken directly from the ClearPC website:

ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase - Key Specifications:
ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase: Manufactured by ClearPC
Case Dimensions: 6 1/4" (W) x 14 1/4" (H) x 18" (L)
Drive Bays: 4 (2 x 5.25 external, 2 x 3.5 internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Chassis: 3/16" & 3/8" Cast Clear Lucite
Form Factors: Micro ATX and Full ATX
Fans: 5 (2 x 40mm rear exhaust, 2 x 40mm HDD and 1 x 120mm side intake)
Power Supply: None included
Side mounted dual USB 2.0, Firewire and one set Audio/Microphone/Line-in jacks
Special Features: Pre-assembled and includes all mounting screws and cables
 
ClearPC Secret Agent Briefcase
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ClearPC Secret Agent Briefcase
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The ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase was shipped in a standard double-walled corrugated box with the case manufacturer's logos printed on the top portion of the package. Packaging inside the box was good, with the unit itself enclosed in plastic protective wrap surrounded by a good portion of polystyrene peanuts.

ClearPC Secret Agent Briefcase
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ClearPC Secret Agent Briefcase
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Out of the box, the ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase is very well constructed and manufactured using 3/16" and 3/8" clear cast Lucite. The premise and purpose for this particular unique design is to provide a portable LAN based rig that can use standard mATX and Full ATX motherboard formats. The structural integrity of the Lucite is impressive and the focus of this particular case follows the same principles as previous ClearPC acrylic designs. The case measures approximately 6 1/4" (W) x 14 1/4" (H) x 18" (L) and is very light weight in its default form without any computer components installed. The ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase includes an assortment of mounting screws and accessories which included the following:
  • 1 x Aluminum capped Power switch
  • 1 x Aluminum capped Reset switch
  • 9 x 3/8" 6-32 moutherboard mounting screws
  • 8 x 1/4" 6-32 HDD mounting thumbscrews
  • 7 x PCI slot covers and 1/4" 6-32 thumbscrews
  • 2 x 5mm Blue LEDs
  • 8 x 1/2" 4-40 CDROM drive screws
  • 4 x 3/8" 6-32 Power Supply screws
  • 16 x 1 1/4" 6-32 fan screws
  • 2 x Acrylic Bay covers with 1/2" 6-32 mounting screws
The ClearPC "Secret Agent" Briefcase also includes a handy 2-page reference sheet which details the order priority for the installation of system components. Due to the nature of the design, specific components must be mounted first prior to mounting a mATX or ATX motherboard.
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