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      PCCaseGear Dual Neon Kit Review

     Date: August 18th, 2001
     Type: Review
     Supplier: PCCaseGear
     Author: mayhem

    Firstly you should try the neon before you place your case back on, that way if you have any problems you can fiddle around without having to remove the case once again, or for those of you with modding experience just go straight ahead and put it back together. Once your ready fire up the computer so that the PSU is feeding power to all the cables and devices within your PC and of course including your new neon.

    Now hold your breath and flick the switch (those of you who select the switch-less version should see the neons turn on as soon as the computer is turned on), if all has gone well then you should see a nice bright light shining through your window, I think you will agree with me here that it makes a window kit so much more having this neon light up all your hardware. (only thing is now you will have to keep the inside of the computer dust free for maximum effect)

    As you can see by the above photos the two neons light up the area of the window really well and give the case a nice blue glow. The above photos where taken in the day and as you can see even in full day light the neons are bright and very distinct, below is the night and all you can see is the hole in the side of the computer with blue light, give a strange feeling when using the computer in the dark but looks awesome as the computer is no longer an eye sore.

    Placing the neon in a different location within the computer (as stated before) will produce a different affect, and it is probably a good idea to have a fiddle around with the light and how it looks before you permanently attach it with the double sided velcro pads. Luckily with two neons its alot easier to get right.

    In the above photo you can see the air vents at the back of the Aopen case we used for this mod, the blue light from the neons comes out all of the ventilation holes and makes even the back of the case look nice. The only problem is that the bottom of this case has two holes drilled in it (this is how it came) and the neon at the bottom of the case shines through these two holes (as you can just make out in the photo), to fix this we just tapped up the holes from underneath the case, you may want to check all around your case and make sure things seal up properly as a small crack or gap lets light come through in unwanted places (i.e. around a CD-ROM or something at the front of the computer).

    Made from high quality parts it comes with complete instructions making installation a absolute breeze, this is always a benefit when modding your case.
    The dual neon itself is great, its nice and bright and gives off an effective coverage of light in both night and day light. The only problem that we noted was that one of the neons took a couple of seconds (about 20) to fully power up, while the other turned on instantly, after that both neons where nice and bright (maybe because they are new and the phosphor is not properly burnt).

    Priced at $49(AUS) for the standard neon and $55(AUS) for the version with the wired switch, these neon's are a great purchase for both effectiveness and quality. Some people may think that the price is a little expensive, but remember your getting two neon's in this kit basically and the effect is a great deal better than that of the single neon kits.

    For those of you that are worried leaving this neon on will cause a general increase in heat in the case, you have nothing to be worried about, after leaving the neon for about 24hrs there was no noticeable increase in the case temperature and the neon itself was barely warm (the little power adapter was the warmest part, but still was nothing to worry about), which makes me want to leave it on all the time.

    I would like to thank James Cameron from PCCaseGear for kindly supplying this new dual neon kit for review, it has made the window kit even more impressive and looks great.

    Score: 9.5 / 10

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