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  Product:     Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case  
  Price:     $98 (CAN) / $80 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Sunbeam Tech
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     June 19th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Kevin from Sunbeam Tech for sending the Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case for review.

Sunbeam Tech

Introduction:

The evolution of pre-modified cases has come full circle over taking over what continues to be an art form for the skilled case modder. While the average case modder would prefer to customize their own stock case, there are alternatives for those consumers who wish to purchase an all-in-one pre-modified solution. Most pre-modified cases currently on the market can be classified into two distinct groups, either designed for aesthetics or performance. Sunbeam Technology based out of Taipei, Taiwan is a distributor and manufacturer of case modding accessories and peripherals. Recently, the company has released its latest successor to the popular Sunbeam Transformer case. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case, a product which offers an abundance of features at an affordable price.

Specifications:

The Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case is one of three different units available on the Sunbeam Technology website. Consumers have the option of selecting from three different colour formats which include Black, Silver or Black/Silver combination. The Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case comes pre-assembled and only supports both mATX and ATX motherboard formats. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Sunbeam Tech website:

Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case - Key Specifications:
Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case: Manufactured by Sunbeam Tech
Dimensions: 430mm (H) x 200mm (W) x 440mm (D)
Weight: 7.8kg
Colour: Silver or Black
M/B Type: Full ATX, Micro ATX
Material: Plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body, mesh intakes
Drive Bay: 11 (5.25" x 4 (External), 3.5" x 2 (External) and 3.5" x 5 (Internal)
Fans: 6 (Rear: 120mm x 1 or 80mm x 2, Front: 120mm x 1 or 80mm x 4, Side: 80mm x 1)
Expansion Slots: 7 pcs
Colour: Silver or Black
Power Supply: 450W PSU
Front Ports: USB2.0 + Audio + IEEE 1394
Special features: 3 Analog style gages and pre-modified acrylic window

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

Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case
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Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case
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The Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case was bundled with an assortment of accessories which include mounting screws, motherboard stand-offs, ATX I/O plate, PCI back plate, zip ties, power cord and a single page of instructions. The instructions included in the package are rather useless and don't provide any assistance for novice users who may need a little more hand holding when assembling parts inside this case. It would be nice if Sunbeam included some detailed information about the case, bundled features as well as a set of reference diagrams. Most experienced users should be able to complete full system installation in the case in less than 2 hours.

Out of the box, my initial impression of the Sunbeam Trio Case was positive. The premise behind the Trio name and design is the inclusion of three Analog style gauges which provide information on Volume level, Fan Speed and Temperature. While the Analog style gauges provide a retro look and feel, the design of the Trio is more modernized and futuristic. The Sunbeam Trio Case measures approximately 430mm (H) x 200mm (W) x 440mm (D) and is light weight at 7.8kg. The case supports mATX and Full ATX motherboard formats and is packaged with a generic 450W PSU. The eye candy for Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case besides the Analog gauges is the inclusion of a pre-modified side panel window, show car paint finish and matching mesh material used on the front bezel for ventilation.

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