Sunbeam Automaton Reviewgotdamojo06 - March 18, 2009
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Have you been looking for a new chassis to hold all your expensive computer components? Well there are a couple of things to pay attention to when you are looking for a new case. First, the looks need to suit your needs; you do not want to have a case that is an eye sore to look at every time you walk into your computer room. The next thing that is important to look for in a case is the performance. This is going to be a selling point for the extreme computer enthusiasts, as you need to have a case that is going to provide some good airflow, allowing you to run cooler temperatures. If you are running higher temperatures, your components could end their life earlier than expected. The Sunbeam Automaton case not only looks good, but it also looks like it is going to be able to cool the components quite well with the large fan on the side of the case. I am curious to see exactly how well this case is going to perform, not to mention how well she looks when we take a closer look.
The box that Sunbeam used to market the Automaton case is a very simplistic blue package that easily shows off the case. Both the front and the back of the package look exactly the same, showing the case from an angle that displays the front and the side that contains a window with a fan. The Sunbeam logo is displayed in the top left-hand corner, while the Automaton case name is printed below it in a wavy font that makes you think of wind blowing on the words. There is text underneath that reads "Aluminum Chassis", letting you know two things; the case is going to be very light weight and sturdy materials have been used for the overall case design. On one side of the package you'll find a list of specifications, while on the second side you'll find a list of features, along with a picture of the front IO panel that is located on top of the case.
When I opened up the package to pull out the case and saw how it was protected, I was quite impressed with the precautions Sunbeam used. Molded styrofoam keeps the case intact during shipment and a plastic bag wrapped around the case helps prevent against scratches. Once you get those two pieces of protection off the case, there is a second layer of plastic on the case. This is a single-sided sticky wrap that further ensures there are no scratches on the case and makes sure that no fingerprints get on the ultra shiny gloss of the Automaton's paint job when you remove it from the packaging.
Now that we know exactly how the Sunbeam Automaton case is packaged, it's time to take a nice close look at the design of the case and what all the features include.