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      PCCaseGear Tux Etched Window Applique

     
     Date: February 9th, 2003
     Type: Review
     Supplier: PCCaseGear
     Author: mayhem
     RRP: $8.80 (AUS inc GST)

    These days there are so many people modifying their cases and installing window kits, it has got to the stage where if you want your case to be different then you need to do more than just install a window and some coloured neon's. This is where an Etched Window Applique can help to improve the looks and overall appearance of your window. Here we are reviewing one such mod available from PCCaseGear, the Tux Etched Window Applique.

    The Applique
    These appliques are designed to be applied to the back of the window and are easily removable. Approximately 7.5 inches in diameter. The penguin finally makes it into our range! Full credit goes to Larry Ewing and The GIMP.

    This Tux applique is based on the Linux Penguin (hence the reason this one was supplied for our review, what better to put it on than a Linuxbox server) and is one of many that PCCG have in their range.

    Installation
    Since the applique is only a sticker, it is quite straight forward to apply, you just need to be careful in order to prevent it from bubbling.

    The above picture is of the window before the applique was applied.

    For those people that are lazy or just want to follow instructions then your in luck, the applique comes with a straight forward 8 step instruction sheet for how to apply it. Here are the steps we followed:

    1. Clean window completely using an acrylic-friendly cleaner.
    2. Dry the window. Make sure that there is no cleaning liquid left on it.
    3. Remove the opaque white backing from the translucent backing. Make sure that the sticker stays on the translucent backing.
    4. Carefully apply the sticker to the acrylic pane.
    5. Remove the translucent backing from the sticker.
    6. Using a squeegee, remove any air bubbles, working out from the center. Any trapped bubbles can be left for step 8.
    7. Wait 24 hours. You will notice that the etched effect improves as the adhesive dries.
    8. After the 24 hours has passed, look for air bubbles. Using a needle, poke a hole in the middle of each air bubble. Squeeze the air bubble out through the hole.

    The above pictures are of the window being cleaned, a clean household cloth was used with some Meguiar's "No Smear Glass Cleaner" (this was used as it is good quality glass cleaner, and it doesn't contain any ammonia so is safe for use on perspex and acrylic). Below are the applique being applied to the window itself.

    The whole process takes less than 5 minutes to do, this makes it one of the quickest mods you can do (not to mention one of the cheapest).

    Result
    The following images speak for themselves, the applique makes the window more interesting while still allowing you to see inside the computer (isn't that the reason you put the window kit in?).

    The above picture is straight after applique has been applied to the window, the below are with the side panel back on the computer with the neon on and off to give you an idea of what it will look like:

    The neon gives the applique a more defined appearance and is definitely when I think the applique is most effective. As you can see from the above images the overall effect of the applique is to make it look like a laser etched image in the perspex window, but in reality of course its simply a silver metal looking sticker which is removable, meaning if you later change your mind then you don't have to get another piece of perspex to replace your window.

    Conclusion

    Overall this is a nice simple mod that can be done with a minimum of fuss and expense.

    Pros:

    • Easy Installation
    • Price
    • Makes a more effective window mod
    • Applique is applied to inside of window (makes it harder to damage it)

    Cons:

    • No squeegee supplied (would be good for those that don't already have one)

    Special thanks to James Cameron of PCCaseGear for supplying this Tux Etched Window Applique.

    If you would like an Applique to complement your window kit, then visit the PCCaseGear website at http://www.pccasegear.com/ and make your order online, also they stock a wide range of cooling and lighting equipment to even further improve the look of your machine.

    Score: 9.5 / 10

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    If you would like to purchase a Window Kit, Neon Kit, Window Applique or and of the other case modifications products that PCCaseGear.com provides then please visit there site http://www.pccasegear.com/. They stock a wide variety or windows, lights, fans and other great products that will make your case stand out among the rest.

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