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May 10, 2004 by Russ
If the name Coms-com doesn't ring any bells, don't feel bad. We had never
heard of them either. But apparently they are a fairly well established case manufacturer, headquartered in Korea. They are also Antec's South Korean
distributor, which should give the company some credibility in the minds of North American and European buyers. Currently Coms-com cases are
unavailable in North America, but they should be in the near future. One of
the first models to be available will be the Think-Tank.
The Think-Tank is a medium-sized midtower, 7.8"w x 18.5"d x 16"h.
It has a fairly standard allotment of four 5.25" drive bays , one external 3.5",
and three internal 3.5".
Stylistically, the Think-Tank defies its pricing. The mix of gloss and matte
finishes is tasteful and understated, and the central LED information panel
has a quality look to it. The case is painted out in a Sonata-esque matte black.
The various ports are located on the left corner of the front bezel. Any
location for the ports other than the standard "front-and-center"
is likely to trigger a reaction in some users. It's nice to remove the
clutter from the front, and since most people tend to sit the case to their right, having the connectors on the left side of the case would be convenient
for them. But if your case sits to your left, you'll have to reach around
your case to plug/unplug.
Listing from the bottom up, the ports are a firewire, a pair of USB 2.0's,
and an audio. Pretty standard stuff, but nice to see them included in a case
at this price level. Above the audio plug is the feature that I can safely
say makes this case unique and different from every other case you've ever
seen. It's a recharging plug for your cell phone.
Yes, really. Most definitely a feature in search of a need, but interesting
nonetheless. The case ships with an assortment of attachments for some of
the big names in cell-phone business, and a plastic holster that clips to
the side of the case. Whether useful or not, I can report that it works as
advertized. There is even an LED on the front to indicate that your phone
is being charged.
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