What a long, strange trip it's been. Ten years ago, most computer chassis were plain beige enclosures, barely worth mentioning. But over the years, manufacturers have been adding features: better materials, more fans, toolless drive bays, side windows, cable-routing cutouts, airflow ducts. And where they've faltered, modders have picked up the pace. Today's sub-$100 cases have features that weren't seen on the fanciest cases five years ago, and thing are only looking up. In the wake of
the new case roundup we posted earlier this week
, let's step back in time and look at some of the coolest cases of yesteryear, arranged by the month they were featured in the magazine.
This is by no means an exhaustive list; let us know your personal favorites in the comments section.
December 2001 Custom Mod: Dev Judgeo's Air Machine
Years ahead of its time, the Air Machine sported custom-carved side windows.