It seems that most case companies are moving to aluminum rather than steel which I think is a good idea, not only for looks but for better cooling and less weight. With so many cases on the market today in so many shapes, sizes, colors, and with different features it can be hard to chose the one that will best suit you. Skyhawk’s newest case is called the Jupiter which is made of 1mm thick anodized aluminum alloy which will resist dust & fingerprints. It has 4 x 5.25” (external), 2 x 3.5” (external), & 4 x 3.5” (internal) drive bays and 7 expansion slots. This case has a feature which is really unique and is also a first on the market, an LCD/light module which can do a lot.
The box of the Skyhawk Jupiter case is pretty basic looking in a plain white box with a few things on it. I went ahead and opened up the box to see that it was packaged well and had a plastic bag around it as well to keep it from being scratched. Almost all cases are packaged this way because it is a good method to keep the case safe during shipping.
After taking the case out of the box and removing it from the plastic bag I looked over it and was pretty impressed. The front of the case has a similar design to a lot of cases on the market having acrylic on the front of it giving it a nice effect. The front of the case is also protected with a plastic adhesive sheet so that it will not get scratched. This case does however have a really cool feature, which I have not seen any other case have, a LCD/Light Module which is really cool looking. The LCD/light module is always on (even system off) because of the power from VSB output. The LCD will Display time, temperature, and HDD/System-on/off status. It has multi-color light, the auto mode automatically change colors every 2 seconds; Manual mode allows you to manually choose and lock the colors. It also has a built in temperature Sensor which is 23” long, and can be placed anywhere in the enclosure.
I really like the finish on this case, the brushed aluminum really looks good, a lot better than steel in my opinion. The back of the case is also pretty nice, it comes with 4 thumbscrews which are used to hold the side panels in place. There is a little handle which is used so that you can easily remove the side panel because there are no indentations which can be used as hand holds. I really like this because cases which do not have indentations or these little handles can be difficult to work with and getting the side panels off can be a real task.
Below the LCD/Light module is a flip down cover which has front ports which include 2 USB 2.0, microphone, earphone, and IEEE1394 (firewire). I always love cases which have these front ports for USB and other things because it make it so much easier and less time consuming to do what you need to do. Instead of having to get up and reach around your computer and search for the hole you can just flip the cover down and plug it in. You can also see on the left hand picture on the bottom of the case there is an opening which is for the front intake fan, the opening is not very big and doesn’t look like it would be very effective.