Directron Case Window
Author: Daniel Topler
Date Posted: March 2nd, 2002
SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
Bottom Line: The Directron Relacement Case Window is easy to fit, won't break the bank, can reduce noise and is stylish. Read on to find out all anout it.
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    Directon Case Window
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: March 2nd, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Directron Relacement Case Window is easy to fit, won't break the bank, can reduce noise and is stylish. Read on to find out all about it.

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    Introduction

    Any true avid computer user would agree with you if you said that case mods are awesome. In fact, even a computer novice would agree that it looks cool. But what if donít have the skill or knowledge to do a case mod on your PC? Donít feel left out, Iím with you.

    I wanted to have a side window in my computer, but my lack of knowledge/experience made me afraid to cut a hole into my precious Alienware PC. I searched all over the internet for side panels with windows already cut into it for my case, and I found quite a few, about 5 in all. I chose the Directron side panel for various reasons.

    For one thing, 3 out of the 5 side panels came only in black and beige, a problem considering my computer is a blue color. The remaining two were both nice, but the Directron side panel was the only one that was blue and had an 80mm fan hole. Since my computer is overclocked, cooling is important, so I went with them.

    My System

    Just to give you some background, here is my setup:
     

    Alienware Aurora DDR

    Conspiracy Blue Case

    ASUS A7N266-C

    Athlon XP 2200+

    512MB Crucial DDR 2100 RAM

    40GB Seagate 7200rpm Hard Drive

    ATI Radeon 9700 Pro

    Sound Blaster Live! 5.1

    ATI TV Wonder VE

    Compaq Brand 8x4x32 CD-RW

    Samsung 16x DVD-ROM

    USB 2.0 Card

    USB 1.1 Card

    10/100 Ethernet

    Floppy Drive

    I also have 5 fans installed, not including the video card fan or the heatsink fan. Thereís also one 12Ē red cold cathode light from PCBoys (bought at CompUSA). Iíll be adding another 4Ē red cold cathode very soon. None of the above are included with the side panel window.

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    Directon Case Window
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: March 2nd, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Directron Relacement Case Window is easy to fit, won't break the bank, can reduce noise and is stylish. Read on to find out all about it.

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    Installation

    The side panel arrived within the same week that I ordered it, and it came in a very secure package. After taking it out of the box, all I had to do was remove the protective sheet covering that was sticking onto the window. I was all ready to go.

    Installation, of course, wasnít hard. It wasnít any different then putting back your own side panel. But, I didnít install it just yet. I wanted to add my tri-color fan that I bought severalty. For people who didnít buy a fan, donít worry, Directron supplies a free black one with a black grille. I also had no problems installing the fan. So far so good.

    Design

    The Directron side panel has a very large window, which is great for viewing the interior of your computer.

    However, there are black ďdotsĒ all around the window that reduces the overall look of the side panel, but still looks good as a whole.

     Itís a clear window, and I donít think you can choose any color for the window, but trust me, transparent looks great.

     Although I would have liked the window to start a little bit higher up so wires on the bottom of my case wouldnít be seen, it was still nicely designed. The color that I selected for my side panel was blue, to correspond with my case color. Luckily, the side panel had the exact same color as my computer, making it a perfect match to my PC.

    Features

    The side panel had the same things that my old side panel had, a locking door and no screws are required for opening. But, I was surprised that Directron doesnít supply any keys for the lock. I tried using the keys that were supplied to me when I bought the PC, but I had no luck. The lock was pointless without the keys.

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    Directon Case Window
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: March 2nd, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Directron Relacement Case Window is easy to fit, won't break the bank, can reduce noise and is stylish. Read on to find out all about it.

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    Noise

    For some reason, noise was severely drained out when the side panel was installed, in comparison to my old side panel, even when two more fans were installed. Although my case is still very loud, noise has been severely reduced.

    Size

    The side panel I tested fits the Dragon DX, Matrix MX, Scorpio SX, and Antec 1030, 1080 series cases. And according to Directron, this product will fit Antec, Chenming, Uneec, Enermax, ThermalTake, Alienware, and other co-branded cases of the mid-tower design. If you donít have one of these cases, Directron does offer various other side panels for other cases, but I have not tested any of them, so I am not sure if they are worthy of your money or not.

    The side panel fitted perfectly on my computer, so you shouldnít be worried on whether it fitís or not if you have one of the above cases.

    Price

    The side panel costs just $32 (plus shipping) at Directron.com, no matter what color you use. The price is great considering Home Depotís cheapest Dremel is $20, and a case window will also set you back another $15-$20.
     

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    Directon Case Window
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: March 2nd, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Directron Relacement Case Window is easy to fit, won't break the bank, can reduce noise and is stylish. Read on to find out all about it.

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    Pros

    Installation:
    Everything went OK when the side panel was being installed, and I encountered no problems.

    Design:

    Although I did not like those black dots around the window, overall, the side panel was designed very well.

    Noise:

    The side panel drastically reduced noise coming from my case in comparison to my old side panel that came with my PC.

    Size:

    This side panel fits many different cases. If you donít have a case listed earlier or listed on their website, Directron offers many other side panels to use with other cases. However, I have not tested any of them, so I am not sure on how they rate.

    Price:

    I paid just $32 (plus shipping), for my side panel, which is great considering it would have costed me $35+ to do it myself ($20 Dremel + $15-$20 side window kit). 

    Cons

    Features:

    Although itís nice to have a lock and key to secure your case, itís nicer to be able to actually lock it. Directron did not provide me with a key for the side panel, but I am not sure if this is just a mistake in my order.

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    Directon Case Window
    Author: Daniel Topler
    Date Posted: March 2nd, 2003
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: The Directron Relacement Case Window is easy to fit, won't break the bank, can reduce noise and is stylish. Read on to find out all about it.

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    Conclusion:

    If anyone is looking for a case window for their Dragon DX, Matrix MX, Scorpio SX, and Antec 1030, and 1080 cases, look no further. The Directron side panel provided me with a easy mod to my case that didnít break the bank. Not only is it stylish, but it reduces noise inside the case, and increases airflow (with the included fan). Although I was surprised no key was included, if someone really wanted to get into your PC, they can always break the window. Overall, if anyone is looking for an easy mod to do to their case, the Directon side panel is perfect.

    SLRating: 9.5/10

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