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Scan '2004' ATX SuperMini Tower Case 250 w

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250W PSU
Externally removable power supply
Wireless, snap-on front bezel
Can fit up to 2 external fans (8 cm)
Drive Bays:
External 5.25" x 3, 3.5" x 2
Internal 3.5" x 2
PSU: ATX Type 235W
N.W.:7.50 Kgs
G.W.: 8.50 Kgs
External Fan Optional
Case Dimensions: W210mm x H392mm x D414mm
CM Measurement: 2.30 cu.ft.

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      06.08.2001 19:46
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      Lordy, why on earth did I choose to write an opinion on a computer case, of all things? I mean all it does is sit there, and be beige! There isn’t much to say about cases, so this really shouldn’t take too long. I recently bought a new case for my PC because my old one wasn’t good enough anymore. That’s it – no other reason. It was my birthday recently (I’m not telling you how old!) and a present from a few friends was a Soundblaster Live! Platinum soundcard. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this soundcard, it has a big “thingy” that sits in a similar bay to the one that your CD-ROM is in. For those of us in the know, that’s called an external 5.25” bay. As a present to myself, I’d bought a nice new Memorex CD-Rewriter that also was going to need a 5.25” external bay. (Aren’t I nice to myself?) The problem, as you might already have guessed, is that my old case didn’t have enough of these slots. So, I was on the lookout for a case that had 3 of these 5.25” external bays (for CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs and my nice new soundcard “thingy”) at least one external 3.5” bay (for the floppy disk drive) and two internal 3.5” bays for my two hard drives. My first port of call was Scan.co.uk because I’d dealt with them previously and found them to be exceedingly helpful, as cheap as anywhere else, have a decent web-site (check out their “Today Only” page!) and the delivery was quick and cheap too. Fortunately, they also manufacture some things, and cases are one product they build. I didn’t want anything too small, because I spend a lot of time tinkering with the insides of my computer, and the more space you have, the easier it is. At the same time, I didn’t want it to be too big because I just don’t have the space. I was intrigued by Scan’s own 2003 and 2004 cases (catc
      hy names!) as these seemed to offer exactly what I was looking for. I eventually plumped for the Scan 2004 Supermini. I know it’s hard to get excited by a computer case, and I’m not going to tell you now that I did. Well, to be honest, I did when it arrived, but only so I could get on with playing with my other toys! But, the 2004 has lots of features that are quite handy, especially if you are the sort like me (i.e. computer nerd) who spends a lot of time fiddling with the computer innards. For a start, the two side panels come off separately meaning you only remove what’s absolutely necessary to access your innards. Another nice touch is the plate where you mount the motherboard can be released, and swung outwards like a door. While this might not seem like much to a non-technical person, to those of us who are, this is a godsend. It means you can now work at the motherboard without having to stick your hands into tiny areas where you cannot see what you’re doing, risking damage to the motherboard, CPU, memory and whatever you have installed. The case comes with a built in fan which draws power from the PSU (power supply unit) providing you have a spare power lead, and unless you have 2 hard drives, 2 floppy drives and three CD-ROM drives, you should have no problems at all. Speaking of power supplies, the 2004 comes with a 250W PSU, not, as stated on the Scan web site, 235W. They’ve obviously upgraded the specifications of the case without updating the web site. OK, onto those drive bays. The 2004 comes with three external 5.25” bays (for CD-ROMs etc.), two external 3.5” bays (for floppy drives etc.) and two internal 3.5” drives (for hard drives). That’s more than enough to take the standard installation of a CD drive, one floppy and one hard drive, and still leave you with potential for adding more. The case is slightly larger than my old one – about
      the same width, but slightly taller and deeper. That’s of no use to you though, so the measurements are quoted at (W) 210mm x (H) 392mm x (D) 414mm. The front of the case is nothing special to look at, but that’s never really a factor for me in buying cases. It comes with the usual power and hard disk activity LEDs, and the usual power and reset switches. If your motherboard supports it, the case also has a sleep switch which would enable you to put your computer into suspend mode (if you operating system allows it), but my current set up doesn’t, so I can’t tell you if it’s any use or not. When installing everything into this case, I found it very easy to work with. There are no sharp edges to cut yourself on, plenty of space to see what you’re doing and lots of expansion bays for all your computer toys. If you do find yourself in the market for a new computer case, I have no hesitation in recommending this one, especially at £45 (inc. VAT) which puts it amongst the cheapest cases I’ve seen as well.


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