Team Xtender Top Half GameCube Replacement Case -Review- Brakken, 2005 Revision 2 This review has been ISO-420 certified Introduction Brakken is back again brining you another quality review which is ISO-420 certified. I've finally been sent one of Team Xtender's Game Cube top half replacement cases for review. I am posting this review to clear up misconceptions many people have over rumors circulating about the quality of these cases. Previous reviews posted by Team Xtender's competitors have shown damaged products and made claims with no proof to back it up. I hope you find my review honest as I have taken much time to check all of the cases features and to take pictures and videos for proof. A case is a case is a case as it should seem, but this case is a step in the right direction compared to the other case on the market. After opening the package it came in the first thing I noticed was it's weight as it's made from a higher quality and thick plastic. After turning it upside down to take a look inside I noticed that it indeed uses cheaper solutions for the buttons then the original Cube case does and then I also noticed the sides were indeed warped a bit, but nothing compared to other defective cases on the market. [Image: Orginal, Xtender Case and Other Replacement] [Image: Mechcanical Comparison] Installation Fitting the case was a breeze except for having to cut one of the screw poles inside the case to make room for the Viper GC chip. One would think that a case made specifically for a Cube with a Viper GC chip in it would have been made to accommodate the chip. I have heard you can relocate your chip, but since I permanently attached it to the fan chassis that wasn't an option. To remove it I took a pair of wire cutters and cut the screw post half way down and then twisted the top half left and right until it broke free. After the pole was removed the case slid gently down on the bottom half of the Cube and fit perfectly. There were no gaps to be seen, no need to pull out on both sides and find someone else to push down on the case while you try to screw it on. Next I screwed the case on and all four screws fit snug and didn't stay lose. Also there were no grinding and/or plastic warping noises when I tightened the screws. [Image: Side Angle] Opening and closing the lid was not an issue. It doesn't get stuck half way up and when it's closed there is no gap for dust to get in. [Image: See how well it fits!] Next came the inserting and removal of full sized media. There is a large gap in the front of the case which will allow you to remove the media using one hand and is hassle free. Many people claimed removing media from these cases was worse then competitors, but I guess we all know who was lying now don't we. [Movie: Removing Media and Opening the Lid] The lights were a nice addition and work well. All you do is press down on the Viper GC logo on the case and they turn on. The lights are encased under the removable jewel and can be removed and possibly changed with other types of lights. The lights draw their power from internal batteries which can be changed if they run out, but due to the lifetime of LED I doubt you will ever have to change them. Overall I am very satisfied with this case and hope that the minor problems that are present are fixed in later versions. [Image: Side Angle with Lights On] [Movie: Lightshow!] Positives Installs as promised quickly and easily! Great quality plastic! Very sturdy! Dip in the front of the lid to remove media with one hand! The handle is still present on the back for easy portability! Built in removable blue LED light show! You can still see the original LED shine! Negatives If you're using a Viper GC chip mounted on the fan chassis you will have to find a pair of wire cutters or tin snips and remove the screw post that is positioned where the Viper GC chip sits. The only way around this is to move the chip. There is no place for a normal sized jewel and it comes pre-tagged with a Viper GC sticker. The sticker is about the same quality as other cases, but I think you should have had the option to put it on yourself. Luckily you can replace the jewel, but so far there are no replacement jewels available. Conclusion As this case is the second one to hit the market one would hope that it would surpass the other alternative and it has! I'm completely satisfied with this case and was left with a good feeling when I installed it. Sure this case has minor flaws, but compared to other flaws plaguing other cases they are barely noticeable. If you weren't one of the unlucky people to jump on the bandwagon and purchase a faulty case I would highly recommend this case as it's worth the money you will spend on it and if you are one of those unlucky people and actually care about what you buy and are plagued with problems I would also recommend replacing your old case right away!