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BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The construction of the IGLOO 12 is good, beyond the issues with the door. The case exhibits very little twist and only some bend. The internal design of the case is good and uses a variety of rolled edges and a smooth finish for the interior of the case. The case is sturdy due to the stacked design of the drive bays. Additional space exists on the back of the 3-½" drive bays to route those cables to get them out of the way. The hard drive bays are rubber grommeted to reduce shock and vibration, which should be attractive to many, especially those who will move the machine around a lot.

The cooling setup of the IGLOO 12 consists of two stacked 80mm fans that are located in the front of the case behind a removable/washable filter. (These fans can be replaced with lighted fans that are visible through the front grill for a nice effect to dress up your case if you desire.) A single 80mm fan in the rear of the case handles the exhaust chores for the IGLOO 12. As we explained above, with the door of the case in the closed position, air intake is obstructed which reduces the overall cooling performance of the IGLOO 12. After opening the door and re-running the test, we noticed an impressive improvement in the cooling performance potential, which would raise the score to 9, but who wants to run the case with the door open? Still, the IGLOO 12 managed to stay within acceptable limits during our testing with the door closed.

A look at the side-mounted ports on the IGLOO 12.

The IGLOO 12 offers two USB 2.0 ports and a single 1394/Firewire port that are side mounted on the case. The acrylic area around these ports is beveled out in such a way that cables and devices that we plugged into the IGLOO 12's side-mounted ports had no problem. When we saw the acrylic surrounding the ports, we feared that buyers would have difficulty in attaching devices to the IGLOO 12; this isn't the case because of good design on BeanTech's part. Still the missing MIC and headphone jacks are a cause for concern. We would like to see BeanTech add them back into this case, if possible.

For the most part, this is a fine effort and a the IGLOO 12 is a high quality case with many good design features. The problems with the door, however, are very troubling and are something that BeanTech needs to address. We were very pleased with the aggressive red colored acrylic on this case, which is an eye catcher for sure. The IGLOO 12 is hampered by a door design problem, which we are sure will drive most users "batty;" and this hurt its overall score. In the meantime, if you like the internal design of this case we suggest that you consider IGLOO 4 or the KT-424 series from Kingwin, as they offer the same internal design as the IGLOO 12, but do away with the problematic door, and the door is the only real problem holding us back from recommending this case.

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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