Paradigm SHIFT: MainGear's Unique Gaming Rig Tested
The SHIFT: Exterior Design
If you're a fan of minimalism, you'll like the SHIFT—with the top grate installed the enclosure has a futuristic, relatively seamless look. The various air intakes and the PSU's vent space are all beveled and integrated into the chassis, without the need for screws, slides, or bolts to hold the grates in place.
The power supply is virtually invisible when fully installed—while there are obviously a few cables that run from the top of the machine when peripherals are installed, the rear of the case is marred by just one power cable; it might even be possible for an enterprising enthusiast to run the power cable underneath the machine, up through a self-cut port, and into the back of the system with no one the wiser.* Add a wireless keyboard, mouse, and 802.11n card, and the monitor cable would be the only visible cord.
The SHIFT doesn't have any idiot lights to speak of—there's a green light (power) and a yellow light (data access) to the left of the memory card slots, but the system is dark otherwise. After 5-6 years of PCs that could double as landing strip beacons, the lack of cerulean fire pouring out of a thrice-damned side panel is a relief.
*Note: Don't try this at home. We're not even trying it at work. We suggest a conversation with MainGear and/or quite a bit of experience in case modding before carving holes in a custom-built enclosure.