Blue PC Case LED Review

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Introduction


With the exception of a few, most cases come with the standard red, green, or amber colored LEDs for the power and hard drive indicators. Personally I really don’t like stock LEDs on cases because they are usually not very bright and the colors look really bad. Changing your LEDs is an easy thing to do and can really make your case look a lot better, as well as complementing the color scheme of your setup if you are going to be painting it.

I have written a guide on how to change your LEDs and a guide on case painting so that if you want to change your LEDs you can and you can also paint your case to match. This is going to be a short review simply because it is a simple product which is not very complex.

A LED is made up of an anode (positive) and a cathode (negative). This is important to remember because when you put your new LED in you will need to have it hooked up correctly. Hooking up the LED isnt that big of an issue with this setup because the LED requires no soldering so if it doesnt work you just have to flip it around.

There is no packaging on this LED, all it is the LED which is attached to a “HDD LED” tail which can be connected to your motherboard. You cannot purchase the tailed blue LED however you can buy one with a green LED and buy a blue LED and swap them out. The LED cable is only $0.99 and the blue LED is also $0.99 which is the cheapest I have seen anywhere.
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The LEDs that come stock in this case are green and red, I don’t like green at all but red is pretty cool looking especially with blue. Unfortunately the red LED happened to be the one that I was changing out with the tailed blue one for the hard drive indicator. If you were to buy just the LED you could just cut off the old one and solder on the new one making them both look cool, which I would recommend.

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Because the LED is already attached to the cable it is easy to install. I took off the front bezel to this case that I decided to put it in and found that the old LEDs were attached with some glue. I took off the glue around the hole for the hard drive LED and installed the new bright blue LED. I did not have to glue the new LED in place because it snapped in pretty well and it would have been pointless to glue it in.


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After I got the new LED installed all I had to do was plug it into my motherboard and close up the case. No problems and no hard work was involved which is why there isn’t much to say. If you install the LED and it does not work just flip it around and it should.

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Having the new bright blue LED installed all that was left to do was to test it out. I powered on the computer and the blue LED fired right up. I love blue LEDs because they are really bright and look really cool. They are so bright that they will shine on a surface far away, I took a picture of the side panel of the case which was about 3 feet away and it was still glowing from the LED.

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Conclusion

As you can see this one LED is very bright and is much better looking than the stock one. If you were to change out all of your LEDs I guarantee that you would be happy with the results. For 99 cents you really can’t go wrong, this is about the cheapest I have seen a blue LED and it looks really nice and it is really bright. Like I said before this is a short review because of the product but as you can see it works really well and does what it is supposed to. I would like to thank Case-Mod for sending this over, head on over and pick some up.

Pros

  • Low price
  • Simple to install
  • Very cool looking
  • Very bright

Cons

  • This particular one came tailed only for the HDD
Brandon Turnbull is a technology enthusiast living in southern California. He has written numerous articles and tutorials about PC overclocking and modification.