Hunting around on eBuyer for the cheapest chassis you can find might save you
a few quid, but they are often flimsy, prone to rattles and vibrations, with
inadequate ventilation and more often than not, power supplies that will last
only a few days of folding@home, if power up your system at all. With the latest
top specification machines containing perhaps a dual core processor and SLI
graphics, not only are the ventilation requirements suddenly a lot more of a
concern, but also the power demands.
When Lan Pirates launched their latest range of computers, they decided to
use the Chenbro Gaming Bomb II chassis. Considering this was to be used for
all their machines, we decided it was worth taking a look at.
The case is made entirely of aluminium, with a brushed finish.
It is available in both silver and black with a window pre-fitted in the side
panel. Most notable, are the carry handles on the top. This is the first time
we've seen two handles rather than one, and it's actually quite a good idea.
If you do fancy carrying it with just one hand, this still works. Because of
the width of the handles however, they are a little uncomfortable and dig in
to your hands. This doesn't really make them suitable for long distance traveling.
Some padding, even if temporary would soon alleviate this problem.
On the front, you can see the power button, which doubles up as
a power LED, with a blue glow. The hard drive activity LED is also blue. At
the bottom of the case, we have 2 USB, 1 Firewire, Headphone and Microphone
output. Their positioning is designed for having your machine on your desktop.
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