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  Product:     Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case  
  Price:     $60 (CAN) / $44 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Nikao/Tradex
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     May 22nd, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jeffrey from Tradex Information Technology Incorporation for sending the Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case for review.

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Introduction:

Pre-modified cases have taken on a whole new direction since being launched into the mainstream consumer market last year. Manufacturers have been busy offering a wide array of cases that cater specifically to the gaming community. One significant change in the pre-mod market has been the introduction theme based cases. Most theme based cases often include bundled fancy lights, side panel window designs, integrated monitoring controls and cool aesthetics. Tradex Information Technology Incorporation has been marketing the Nikao in brand name in Canada and the United States since 1998. The company has been busy introducing its new line of theme based budget mid-tower cases designed specifically to attract the gaming community. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case, an all-in-one pre-modified budget solution.

Specifications:

The Nikao Spider is a pre-modified mid-tower case that incorporates several modifications and a custom paint finish as an all-in-one solution for users looking for a complete package. The case is priced under a $70 CDN price margin making it the ideal enclosure for consumers on a budget. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Tradex Information Technology website:

Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case - Key Specifications:
Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case: Manufactured by Nikao
Dimension: 480mm (L) x 200mm (W) x 430mm (H)
Weight: 20 lbs
Construction: 0.7MM SECC Steel Metal
Main Board Size: ATX Form Factor 12.50" x 10" Or Smaller
Input Voltage: 115/230 VAC
Hard Drive & Power LEDS: Included
Number of slots: 7
Power Supply: N/A
Fans Mounts: 4 (1 x 120mm front intake, 2 x 80mm rear exhaust, 1 x 80mm side intake)
External Bays Available: 10 (4 x 5.25" (external), 2 x 3.5" (external), and 4 x 3.5" (internal)
Front USB & Audio: 2 x USB / Sound Audio Port
Special Features: Included temperature sensor and pre-modified side panel window

Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case
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Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case
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The Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case was shipped in a standard black double-walled corrugated box with the case manufacturer's logos and images printed on all sides. The packaging inside the box was good with the case sealed in protected plastic with two pieces of polystyrene located on the left and right hand sides.

Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case
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Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case
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Out of the box, my first impressions of the Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case were positive. The case shares some similar design characteristics as seen in Aspire's popular X-Alien Mid-Tower Case. The Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case measures approximately 480mm (L) x 200mm (W) x 430mm (H) and supports all full ATX motherboard formats. The entire exterior has been painted jet black with a decent car show finish. Nikao has combined two different colour combinations (black and red) which compliment the overall theme of the case. Consumers have the option of ordering this same configuration in different colour combinations which include blue and red or silver and red. The composition of the Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case is made up of a light weight Steel chassis combined with plastic parts. The case does not include a power supply in order to keep the price down but consumers can pick up any compatible unit from local retailers suited for their particular configuration. The Nikao Spider Mid-Tower Case includes a small assortment of accessories which includes metal PCI slot brackets, motherboard stand-offs, mounting screws, case feet and an ATX I/O panel.
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