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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [04.26.02]
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Prices: Lazer LED: $19.95
Laser Etched Window: $39.95


The kit includes pretty much everything you need, except a few things.  You'll obviously need a pencil to draw out the trace to cut on the case, and of course you'll need something to cut it with.  I used a Dremel rotary tool with heavy duty cutting discs.  I had no idea the anodized aluminum used by Skyhawk was so hard, but I went through four or five discs cutting this window out!  Be patient, and be ready to clean up quite a big mess when you're done.

The first step is to cut out the template on the page included, and trace it out onto your case wall.  My case included two 80mm fan ports, and since I am running an icy cool Pentium 4 setup, and noise is quite high on my list of priorities, I saw no need to keep these ports - they're outta here!

Unfortunately, I needed to cut the entire ports out, and this lead to a problem later on...

Once you have your window cut out, you can go ahead and sand it down a bit to get rid of the gnarly burrs that may appear... I did a pretty decent job with the cut however, and the next step will cover up most mistakes you might make...

The molding is the second little boo-boo you might come across if it's your first window installation.  As you can see, when I cut the molding, I came about 1 or 2 millimeters short of a perfect fit.  Yes, even a small error like that can lead to an imperfect finish.  I can live with it however... The molding itself was easy to install.  It has an adhesive built in, so you should never have a problem getting it to stay in place.

Once you have your window hole cut out and lined, it's time to finish the installation.  First you install the Lazer LED mounting bracket using the double sided tape already installed, and apply the reflective tape around the edge of the window.  I have no idea effective the reflective tape actually is in terms of lighting performance, but it's there for you to use, so just install it...

The window itself is attached to the case using the Velcro tape included cut to your own preference.  I very much prefer this over the 'perfect fit' window kits, because it is very forgiving for minor errors, and allows for much more interesting cuts if you choose to do so.

And that's all there is to it! Connect the LED to an open Molex plug, and slap the case wall back on...

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