looked at a lot of high quality, high dollar cases of late,
so it's acually quite refreshing to buck the trend a little
and look at a case made with a more sensible budget in mind.
are a company who make no appologies for aiming their products
primarily at the budget end of the market. I've no doubt
they could put together a prestige range with prestige prices,
they've certainly been in the game long enough, but if every
company did that then who would be left to cater to the
old couple who just need a basic PC to keep in touch with
family? or the youngster working a Saturday job and building
their first PC piece at a time? Or maybe even the regular
user who quite simply has more pressing demands on their
time and cash than owning PC that cost more to put together
than they paid for the car?
I first heard that we were to review the Mercury Elite,
the first thing I did was go and look for a price. My first
thoughts when I realised that it was selling for under £30
including the VAT and with a 400 watt passive PFC power
supply fitted were that it must be one of the plainest,
ugliest and least user-friendly case ever created. I mean
lets face it, even a cheap-and-nasty 400watt power supply
will cost you £30, and I've no doubt at all that a
cheap-and-nasty power supply is pretty much what you get,
but that still means the case comes for free!
enough with the pre-judging, let's get the specs covered:
external 5¼" 5 internal 3½" 1 external 3½"
Elite Grey Case,
Edge for safety installation. No sharp edges,
Panel: Carrying Handle, Power Switch, Reset and
Panel I/O: USB, MIC and Headphone socket
with Thumb Screws, Power Lead, Back Vent System
Authorised Sales Outlets
Computer Systems Ltd
6 Millennium Drive
Off Westland Road
Tel: 0870 757 8800
Fax: 0870 757 8811
Central Business Centre
Great Central Way
SALES LINE: 020 8451 0088
FAX: 020 8451 0077
all fairly standard fayre, except maybe for the mention
of a carrying handle. And does that say thumb-screws? On
a £30 case?
on that in a moment, time for a closer look.