Case modding is more alive than it’s ever been, as new possibilities and concepts enter the fray. The Hammerhead HMR989 PC by DARWINmachine embodies all the things which are good about modern contemporary design; attractive, minimal, lightweight and streamlined. It’s made from sustainable materials to boot, giving it a better eco rating that most other cases.
It’s terrific to see artists setting up independent businesses and giving artsy twists to everyday consumer electronics. The man behind the Hammerhead HMR89 is Matthew Kim, who designs and builds each PC himself. It’s all about custom built stuff and personalization these days so this comes as welcome news.
When it comes to looks and design, the HMR989 scores pretty highly in our books. I mean sure, it has some issues like the amount of dust this thing’s going to accumulate over a period of time, but it does look awfully sweet from every angle.
The design is very reminiscent of futuristic concept cars, particularly the metallic blue, black and white accents. The materials used here are “Eco-resin” plastic and aluminum plates. The Eco-resin is made from recycled waste plastics and I can’t think of a better use for them.
Specs-wise HMR989 has a lot to boast about. It packs a powerful Core-i7 processor, primary solid state hard drive with a hot-swappable 640GB secondary drive and an nVidia ENGTX460 graphics card. Pretty impressive, but for me the whole point of case modding and building your own PC is to have the freedom to choose your own components, so it won’t work with everyone. Nevertheless, do expect to see one of these at your next big LAN party.