GlacialTech is not exactly a common name when it comes to computer components, and when I agreed to review one of their new products it was actually the first time I had ever heard of them. They are a fairly young company (founded in 2001), and they hold many patents focused on different aspects of cooling computer components. Their product lineup includes server and media center cases, coolers for Intel and AMD processors, DC fans, and many power supplies marketed under the name GlacialPower.
The Altair A380 Media Center PC Case is designed to look like a component in a home entertainment center, and not like a typical computer. This review will cover the black version, and with the option of also choosing silver, there shouldn't be a home theater system out there that this case wouldn't look right at home in. Before taking a look at the Altair A380 Media Center PC Case provided for review, let's look at some published data taken from the GlacialTech website...
» Home theater appearance
» Noble Aluminum chassis design
» Low down inside temperature with best airflow design
» Remote control support Microsoft Vista
» IR receiver support remote control, wireless keyboard, and wireless mouse
» Front I/O port for easy access
» Chassis bracket for horizontal or vertical application
» Case Type: HTPC, MCE
» Color: Glacial Silver, Rock Black
» Net Weight: 6Kg
» Expansion Slot: 2
» Dimension (WxHxD): 430 x 100 x 380 mm
» Drive Bays: 1 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
» Power Supply: 270W
» Motherboard: ATX, Micro ATX
» I/O Port: USB 2.0 x 2; Audio & Speaker Port, 52 n 1 Card Reader, IR Receiver
» Cooling System: Dual 60 x 60 x 20mm fan @ 1500 RPM, 19dBA
» Material: 6063 Aluminum & SECC
» HDD Cooling: 60 x 60 x 20 mm fan @ 1500 RPM, 19dBA
The GlacialTech Altair A380 case is packaged in a fairly typical cardboard box. The outside of the box is designed for a retail setting, and provides a bit of information to educate a would be buyer. The sides of the box present you with a view of the case. as well as a brief introduction to the Altair A380. The other sides give a brief overview of the specifications and features.
The above right picture shows how the A380 is packaged inside the box. The case is wrapped in a heavy duty plastic bag to keep it from being scratched, and then it is placed between two large foam blocks to further protect it from any damage. The little box sitting on top of the case contains various accessories, which will be covered later.