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BeanTech: BT85, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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Even before putting on the white gloves, we were greeted with a sticker on the case that serves as a security seal, advising full inspection of the case prior to breaking the seal and opening the case. In case you don't know how to inspect the case, the enclosed manual covers the process in four quick steps. This is no surprise, given how easy it is to crack or damage these acrylic cases. And, of course, Beantech wants to prevent customers from employing less than honest warranty claims and attempting to return cases that they have in fact damaged.

Since we have discussed the pros and cons of acrylic cases in previous reviews, we are going to skip that discussion this time around; but in case you missed it, you can revisit our reviews of the Acryclear II and our review of the Crystal Clear AC-2004 to provide an idea of points of discussions that we have had about acrylic cases.

A side view of the BT85.

As for the construction of the BT85, as with nearly all of the other acrylic cases, it uses a series of acrylic sheets that are held together with a series of screws, bolts and adhesives. BeanTech encloses a pair of white gloves that you should use during the assembly of the case. The white gloves help prevent fingerprints and skin oils from marking the acrylic, which can appear as cloudy smudges once the case is fully assembled. Since you can see the inside of this case from every angle, there is no place to hide anything, and the cabling has to be clean and well managed or you will wind up with a see-through, odd looking mess on the inside.

These acrylic cases are designed for demonstration use only, but the enthusiasts have latched onto them and this has made them popular. What is unique is that BeanTech tries to help the intermediate user feel comfortable with investment in an acrylic case by providing a four-page color set of assembly instructions and tips with a lot of pictures to help first timers build a PC in an acrylic case with acceptable results. This is the first time that we have seen a manual such as this with an acrylic case. While it isn't perfect, it is much better from what we have seen with other acrylic cases.

The construction quality of the BT85 is good. With rounded edges and nice curb appeal, it is better than many of the other acrylic cases that we have seen. The case is heavy, but sturdy. The BT85 is solid and offers no twist or bend, but some of the panels have little slight flex to them. We would say that the durability is about the best that you are going to get in an acrylic case, but if you drop it or scratch it, you are going to damage it.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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