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Aerocool Lubic Case Aerocool Lubic Case: Not exactly a case like most people are familiar with, the Lubic sets itself apart by being as unique as YOU would like to make it.
Date: January 6, 2004
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When you look at today's case market what do you see? Computer cases that look like a box. Some manufactures round the edges, some go for the clean sharp look. Some use the classic beige color scheme, while others decide to use more creative ideas like aluminum and black, or add windows, etc. No matter manufacturers do to a case though, they are sadly still a box. You can't seem to change that. Modify it as much as you like, it is still going to be a box.

Don't you wish that you could use K'nex or LEGO and build your own creative computer case? You could build a race car, a plane, an elephant; your imagination would be the limits. In the perfect world you could make whatever you wanted. Customize your case beyond recognition. Think outside the box. What if I told you that you could do it? That you could build whatever your imagination could think up? Would you jump onboard the new wave of case design?

Aerocool have created such a product. Toss away any ideas of how a computer should look. Stop dreaming of a plain aluminum box. Don't think about fancy plastic bezels, the latest hard drive mounting system, really anything that follows the theme of computer cases today. Once you wipe all of those repackaged ideas from your mind start thinking "Lubic". Think of aluminum K'nex like pieces that you build into a totally custom computer enclosure. There are no limits to what you can build.

Included in Box
14 -352mm Frame
8 -192mm Frame
4 - stainless steel angle joint - three sides and oval hole
4 - stainless steel angle joint - two sides and oval hole
60 - #1 screw(M4x6)
100 - #2 screw(M4x8)
20 - #3 set screw
29 - #4 disk screw
4 - #5 power supply screw
8 - #6 HDD screw
90 - slider (3-holes: 2xM4+1xM3)
300 - slider(1-hole: M4)
9 - motherboard standoff
36 - L-shape piece
1 - switch with screw
1 - hex wrench
4 - metal foot stand
1 - acrylic panel for ATX motherboard

I must say when i say this list i almost thought i had bitten off more than i could chew. This is really a large amount of pieces that you get to put together to your own specifications.

Packaging
I was actually surprised at how small the packaging was for the Lubic case. It all came in one small box.


Opening the box shows that the package is based off of two layers. The two layers are the same having a mix between the two types of rails. At the one end there are the multitude of bags, inside the bags are a whole lot of screws and other accessories. Sadly my sample was missing a few pieces, but this is no fault of Aerocool. They did not have a full kit left, so thankfully they pieced together most of a kit for me.

 

Construction
Yes a construction section in a case review. To use the Lubic as a case you first have to build you case. This is accomplished by screwing together various rails and brackets. Just a side note, planning is crucial. The nature of this case requires planning for the future. You don't want to be three quarters of the way through building the case and have to unscrew everything to add some more sliders.

Back to the construction. I decided to start off with a basic square. This is accomplished by using 4-352mm rails, 4-3 sided angle joints, 8 sliders, and 8-#1 screws. You slide the sliders into the rail. You then attach the bracket by screwing the #1 screw through the bracket into the sliders. I then started to build off of this square brace using the same method as above. You basically repeat until your case is built the way you would like it to.

To build my case I started with a simple square. Then I built another square out of the same 352mm rails. I then connected the two squares using the 192mm rails. This gave me a basic mid-tower like case (aren't I creative?) With this basic box built I came into my first problem. You know how I mentioned earlier how my review sample was missing a few pieces. Well it was missing the acrylic motherboard tray and the 4 metal feet for the case. The feet I can live with, the motherboard tray is sort of important. So I just made my own out of acrylic, and it works exactly the same. Don't worry though, as the retail kit will come with everything you need.

With this piece installed I was ready to mount the rest of my equipment. Everything mounted with out a hitch. The power supply is mounted using three right-angle brackets screwed into the sides of the case.

The power switch block is just a PCB board with 2 switches and 2 LED’s soldered to it with the appropriate wire leads. Mounting the switch to the case became a problem. The back of the PCB board has no insulation, leaving the open circuit board to ground out to the aluminum rails. This is what happened to me, after mounting the switch block to the best of my abilities the computer would turn on then turn off right away. After unscrewing the switch from the case the system would boot up and stay powered on. The problem was solved by attaching a piece of electrical tape to the back of it. This gave just enough protection against it being grounded from the case.

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