SunbeamTech Transformer - Page 6

Written by Patrick Ng    Wednesday, 05 January 2005 11:00
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Conclusion and Thoughts





The Transformer, although providing some good looks and ideas, did not turn out to be a quality case. Many things were either faulty or weak. Despite these problems, the idea of labeling the motherboard holes was good. SunbeamTech also shipped more accessories with the case as extras for the consumers, which is a definite plus. Their method of shipping was also great, as they tried to provide maximum protection with the product. The case itself contains too much plastic and I've seen one too many chipped pieces. There are full aluminum cases out there costing half as much for better quality. The Samurai was a much better case, despite it's few shortcomings. Consumers should also be aware that this case's six extra 3.5" bays might tug at the short IDE cables and that some power supplies might need extensions.


  • Includes three fans (2x 80mm, 1x 120mm)
  • Includes a cold cathode ray tube
  • Cable management very neat
  • Removable toolbox to keep excess screws or parts in
  • Very spacious
  • Extremely well packaging
  • Pre-modified (well some would prefer plain cases and modify it themselves)


  • Some parts weak or malfunctioned
  • Expensive for the quality offered
  • Location of the extra six 3.5" bays might tug at IDE cables
  • Some power supplies might need extensions

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After we notified Sunbeam Technology, we were offered another Transformer case to perhaps see if the quality I received it in was due to shipping. After un-packaging the case, I immediately went to the problem areas I saw on the first case, the first of which was the front. I checked every spot and made sure nothing was broken. So far so good, nothing was broken. Everything locked in place correctly and tightly too. The next problem area I looked at were the fan grills. The fan grills were tightly fastened down so that there would not be a rattling noise. The final problem area was the lock and key. Opening the side was easy when it was not locked. Logically, locking it should make it harder and put it next to impossible to open. However, I was able to open the side panel with ease. Why was this? I took a look at it's position when it was 'locked' and the gap was a bit too far apart. Since the handle to pull was completely plastic and the gap between the lock and the handle was a bit far apart, the plastic bent back every time it was being pulled to open the side panel. One revision Sunbeam Technology should make to this should be to reinforce the handle with a sheet of aluminum so that the handle doesn't bend at all.