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  CeBIT 2003, Europe's largest IT show 
  Mar 20, 2003, 11:30am EST 

Cases, case mods and more

By: Sander Sassen

Welcome back as we bring you our CeBIT 2003 coverage. As we mentioned a few days ago CeBIT is the largest computer electronics trade show in Europe and is being held at the Hannover Messe in Germany. We were there for just two days, the 14th and the 15th, and to be honest wed probably need at least a whole week to cover it fully as it was spread out across so many halls that they had busses touring the Hannover Messe to drive people around. But although we didnt cover as much ground as wed like, weve nevertheless seen quite a few interesting products and had a whole slew of meetings which were certainly worthwhile.

Taiwanese exhibitors

Fig 1. One of the sections of the showfloor where you could find mostly Taiwanese manufacturers, with all sorts of add-on or case oriented products.

Cases, cases and cases

Fig 2. Cases, cases and even more cases, from the simple midi-tower to the big tower with full color, high gloss finish, and transparent cases.

The first thing that was obvious is the fact that Taiwanese manufacturers must simply love cases; Ive never before seen so many cases in all different sizes, colors and forms. Some of these cases actually offered something innovative; a good example is the Studio series case from ACTS, as this case comes with a full foam interior shaped to fit exactly around devices and the motherboard.

ACTS Studio series

Fig 3. The ACTS Studio series case, full foam interior, shaped to go around devices and the motherboard, helping to reduce the overall noise output.

ACTS Studio series

Fig 4. A closer look at the front bezel, showing the foam padding and the clamshell approach for closing the case, further reducing noise.

Another case offered a built in air purifier, mounted behind the grill and with two fans drawing air through it from the outside. This solution will not only work as a dust filter but also rid the incoming air of dust, smoke and other particles. As a result the case will be kept in a pristine condition whereas a solution with just a fan will quickly cause for dust buildup inside a case.

Case with air purifier

Fig 5. A built in air purifier to rid the incoming air of dust, smoke and other particles. An inventive solution to reduce the dust buildup inside a case.

Cooler Master water cooling

Fig 6. A Cooler Master case with water cooling, the redundancy in this design is offered by the additional fan on the processor.

Corsair's watercooling solution

Fig 7. Corsair's watercooling solution, and elegant solution that removes the heat from the system.

Obviously there were also lots of case mod products to be found, ranging from the well known illuminated case fans, in all sorts of colors, to illuminated IDE cables, and naturally black light and water cooling. Now that respectable manufacturers such as Cooler Master and Corsair are also starting to produce water cooling solutions, we can safely say that water cooling has gone mainstream.

1. Cases, case mods and more
2. Interesting products and more
3. Innovative products and more
4. Promising products and more
5. Summary

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