Sunbeam Automaton Reviewgotdamojo06 - March 18, 2009
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The Sunbeam Automaton case has a few different features that are going to help it stand out from its competition, the first of which is the side window. This viewing window only covers about 40% of the side panel and is shaped in a way that flows very well with the curves of the case, along with the overall feel of the case. The other main difference between the Automaton case and other cases on the market that have side panel windows, is the fact that there is a window on both sides, not just the side that you are going to use to access the innards of your case. This can be either a nice addition or a negative one, as you will have to be more cautious of where you hide your cables to make sure that they are not visible (if that is the look you are going for). There is also a place to mount a fan on both sides of the case, though it only comes with one pre-installed. The front of the case is also very unique looking. There is a door that hides your 5.25" drive bays, as well as a front IO panel located atop the case, like it was slapped on there. All aspects of the case have a certain curve to them that flow well with the rest of the case. Looking at the back, it is very simplistic and looks very much like the other cases that are currently out on the market. You have your expansion slots under your rear IO panel, which is under the spot you mount your PSU.
Taking a closer look at the side panels of the Sunbeam Automaton, you can see exactly how they are constructed. There is the clear Plexiglas window that allows you to view inside your case and show off your powerful components, and a fan hole cut-out that can house a 120mm fan. The inside of the side panel shows you how secure the fan is, as there are quite a few screws holding it in place.
Now that the side panels are removed, you are going to be able to see exactly how the case is set up and where you are going to be able to place all your equipment. The first thing that I want to take a look at is the motherboard tray. This is a solid piece of metal that extends almost all the way to the drive bay slots, meaning you are going to have a tight squeeze to get your wires hidden behind it, if that is what you typically do. There are five slots where you are going to be able to install 5.25" drives and a total of five slots for 3.5" drives, where two are external and three are internal. There are quite a few cables coming down from the front IO panel that are also going to add to the frustration of wire management. Taking a look at the back side of the case, you are going to notice that there is not much space to hide wires. There is a little hole where the PSU is installed, so that is not going to be usable for running wires through.
When it comes to included accessories, there are none. The case comes merely comes with a user manual and a bag of screws. The bag of screws contains the screws for your motherboard and drivers, along with motherboard stand-offs. The user manual that is included is a very simple six-page packet that has specifications and features, along with help installing components into your new case.
Now that we know the basic layout of the case, it's time to take a closer look at exactly how all the parts of the case are put together and what she is made of.