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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [10.07.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Monarch Computer Systems 

Price: Varies
(Around $300-340 for a 'barebones' system which includes a motherboard and PSU)

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Also on the front of the case is a IKEA-looking black handle, bolted directly bezel which feels very secure so you don't have to worry about it breaking and spilling your precious LAN party components everywhere. Overall, the Hornet feels very solidly built and the black aluminum finish looks great.

What don't look great are the ugly stickers. These abominations totally mar the image of the
case and, well, I want some of whatever the designers were smoking when they came up with this.
Who the hell every heard of a Hornet wearing pants? These are like Christina Aguilera. It was
FINE before! Why did you have to go and ruin it?

What's worse is that removing these grotesque insignias is going to cost you a fiver but doing
it yourself isn't all that difficult. I found that the labels are a bit harder to peel than
your everyday stickers but they do come off cleanly and after a wipe with a damp cloth, you'd
forget how they deformed your otherwise fairly attractive case. Blue and red LEDs indicating
power status and hard drive activity adorn the front bezel beneath the adequetely sized power
and reset buttons.

The case itself is rather expensive at $170 before a power supply and...anything else. The
good news is that construction is solid and safe, as all the internal edges have been
rolled. This is very important when you're working in such close quarters or you could easily
cut yourself.

Several options are available with the Hornet including a small side window on the left side but I would forego this unless you have a REALLY nice looking video card (like Inno3D's GeForce FX 5900 we reviewed last week, which features a pair of nice blue LED cooling fans) because that's all you're really going to see. The video card completely obscures view of any other components. A side window on the right side may be a better idea so you can show off your fancy pants cooling.

One of the extras that Monarch includes to aid your fancy cooling is the Pyramid V+ fan controller which plugs into your fans and adjusts fan speeds according to temperatures. Apparently, this little device can cut fan noise in half. I haven't been able to confirm or deny these numbers but it does make a bit of a difference. It's a nice addition but whether or not it's worth an addition $20 is up to you. It emits a soothing blue glow, making it another reason to get a window on the right side instead of the left.

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