Date: July 29, 2005
Author(s): Rob Williams
Logisys has recently released a new slew of cases, the Yin Yang series. These cases are acrylic and completely see through, but sport the cool Yin Yang design. Let’s take a deeper look at this case!
There’s something about completely clear cases that intrigue me. The fact of being able to see the components from any angle, is certainly cool. With clear cases as well, CCFL and LED’s can really bring it to life, unlike solid cases. Here is a quick bio on Logisys and the official description of the cases:
We had a dream that there was a computer as novel as a toy and as exquisite as a gift. We dreamed that there was a computer that could glitter all kinds of lights just like an emerald. We had also dreamed a more people friendly computer with a choice of more eye catching colors available instead of being beige only. That is exactly what we have been doing and working hard on.
The clear Yin Yang Case combines the beauty of colors with the contemporary sense of clarity in the form of ancient Chinese Yin Yang curve. With a clear front door, it adds more protection for your valuable drives and more elegance and style! The light transparent color gives the case a fresh look in the beige dominated PC world! You have to see it to appreciate its beauty! Pictures or photos simply can not convey its clarity and transparency!
The exact measurements of this acrylic case are 501x265x543(LxWxH), slightly taller than their Area-51 and Janus series. It comes complete with (4) 5 1/4″ drive bays, and (2) 3 1/2″ inch floppy drive bays. They give you plenty of room for your internal HDD’s, 6 spots are available for use. As usual, the front of the case sports (2) USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks.
Included also are three 80mm clear fans. The one in the rear of the computer is not LED, but the door fan and the front case fan both have bright LED’s. Unlike some other Logisys cases, this particular one does not come with a power supply. Lastly, the case also comes with 4 clear round feet, if you choose to use them.
We are taking a look at the Green version of the case, but there is also a Red and Blue one available.
I was very impressed by how the case arrived. The reason I rarely show the boxes that the case comes in, is because they always get beat around the mail truck. Logisys realizes this, and this case was very tightly packed. The case was entirely wrapped in a thin plastic, and then very tightly wrapped with bubble wrap. Into the Styrofoam it went, and then into the box. It would have been very difficult to receive the case in rough condition with this great packaging job.
After tearing through all the plastic, I had to hold my breath because of the extreme smell of fresh plastic. That smell quickly went away, so I tore off the thin plastic off the case, which was used to prevent scratches. As I finished taking off the last strip, I was amazed at just how cool this case looked. It really has to be seen in front of you to totally appreciate it.
Time to transfer all my goods to this gorgeous new case. Here I ran into my first frustration. The side door is technically two pieces, each half of the Yin Yang design. You can take off one or the other, or both. But, each side you wish to take off, requires 6 screws to be removed. If you want to remove the entire side, that would be 12 screws to remove. This is not such a big deal, because I understand that this design is what they were going for. It’s not such a big problem unless you are in and out of your case all the time.
I’ll let that pass, because some of the problems I run into next made me completely forget about simply removing screws. During installation, I ran into 3 substantial problems, that I blame the design for.
The first problem I ran into was related to the motherboard install. The case has a total of 12 motherboard risers pre-installed. I only needed 10 for mine, so I removed the two unnecessary ones, which simply unscrewed. When I install motherboard, I usually secure it from the bottom up. By the time I had to screw in the top three screws, I found I was unable because the holes did not align with the motherboard. If I were to secure them, the screws would be in on an angle, something I was not going to try.
The second problem is even more bizarre than the previous one. When installing my CD-Rom and HDD Cooler into the drive bays, I found that the holes in the case, did not align with the holes in the hardware. *If* I were to align the holes and secure it that way, the front bay door would no longer close. They are sitting in there unsecured for the time being, so that the door can be shut.
The third problem is not a big deal really. With the huge CPU cooler I have installed, the left part of the side panel cannot be installed. The reason for this is the placement of the fan on the door. If the fan was removed, the door could be installed fine.
Overall, installation was not fun. Some of my smaller issues could have been avoided if I was thinking, but didn’t happen. It really confuses me as to why the drive bay holes don’t align properly with the CD-Rom though. It makes me wonder if the case was tested prior to completion.
Addendum: Since this review was complete, I mentioned these problems to Logisys, and they are recalling the cases and replacing them with completely fixed versions. All the issues I encountered will not be existent in a case you will buy.
Performance wise, this case is pretty good. The airflow is sufficient, and gave me pretty good temps. The front case fan sucks cool air in to blow over your HDD’s, while the rear fan acts as an exhaust. During normal use, my CPU temperature was a steady 38ÂºC – 39ÂºC. After running Prime95 for 30 minutes, the CPU hit a high of 55ÂºC. The average case temperature was 45ÂºC.
When I first received this case, I could not wait to tear it open and install everything. This is by far one of the most gorgeous cases I’ve seen in awhile, and it’s a great size. When I ran into problems, it was definitely disheartening. I was very glad to hear that Logisys is in the process of fixing all the mentioned problems though. They are recalling every case, and will send out a fresh batch in a few weeks.
Even though my specific case had problems, once things are fixed up, it will definitely earn a 9/10 and Editors Choice award. Logisys will be sending me the pieces I need to fix the case as well, so I will be able to install everything properly.
Therefore, this case is definitely one I’d recommend. It’s very solid and well-built. It has great airflow and looks awesome, especially in the dark. If I was in the market for a new case personally, this would be my first choice, now that I’ve seen it in person, so definitely check it out.
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