written by: Terrence Sellers
Hong Kong is not home to many modders. It’s a tightly packed city that doesn’t offer many great work spaces large enough for bigger builds. Because of limitations like this, few people in the city get a chance to hone their modding skills.
Leo Cheung is one of a handful of these professional grade modders. We first took notice when Leo mounted an iPad 2 to the front of an Elite 110, making it one of the smallest All-In-One PC’s, which he takes along with him wherever he goes.
He was also invited to create a display mod for stores in Hong Kong. Leo decided to try something with a MasterCase 5 that he had never done before. He turned the entire removable front panel into a customizable LED light board. This mod required both physical and digital modifications. He had to take out the entire front portion of the case including the internal front cooling bracket just to fit the light panel inside, which also had to be custom built and programmed.
The final project came out looking splendid. The front LED panel displays text and pictures that can be customized in real time or set on a loop. The display has multiple color options and has spawned a number of other projects.
Another premier modder in Hong Kong is Router Kwok. He was given a Mini Mod by RAMBoxs and was very intrigued by how realistic it was even though it was so small. The power supply, HDDs, and cooler have the finest levels of detail. Such a realistic case was basically already a PC. To Router, it was a shame that it wasn’t a working one. So he decided to bridge the gap between the Mini Mod and real MasterCase 5.
”It’s harder to mod the Mini Mod than a real PC.
Router’s Mini Mod garnered a lot of attention online, leading to literally thousands of people talking about it and the Mini Mod in general in forums and on social media. This is what inspired the Mini Mod Invitational and attracted modders from all over the world to mod this case in ways we never would have imagined.
Today modding is small in Hong Kong, but there are talented individuals there leading the charge to spread awareness for the art form. As more and more people become interested in PC building, modding will continue to grow in Hong Kong. Modders like Leo Cheung and Router Kwok are paving the way for a new generation of modders in Hong Kong and other places with budding modding communities.