|nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case
Computers serve many purposes in everyday life. From online banking to playing games, to using a computer in a home theater setup; computers are seemingly taking over our lives. Integrating a computer into your home theater is a great idea with the ever growing digital music and video collections, and a lot of computer manufacturers are jumping on this HTPC (home theater personal computer) bandwagon. There are many custom PC stores and even large integrators such as HP that are now offering pre-built HTPCs.
For the enthusiasts who like to build their own customized computers, there are many cases made specifically for home theater use. One choice of manufacturers is nMEDIAPC, who got there start creating components for home entertainment PC systems in 2004. From their growing product line up, nMEDIAPC selected one of their newest HTPC cases for review at Bigbruin.com, the HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case. Available in either black and silver (we will be taking a look at the silver model), each case includes three low noise cooling fans and a VFD (vacuum fluorescent display) to complement the home theater appeal of the design.
Before jumping into the review of the HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case, here are the features and specifications from the nMEDIAPC website.
» Affordable and look right in the stereo rack
» Please your families with a sleek, compact and silent case
» Built for 10-feet environment with built in IR receiver for PC remote and keyboard
» Easy access front ports for instant sharing and burning of your photos and videos
» MCE Receiver Rack with internal USB adaptor & S/PDIF Output Jack
» Color - Black and Silver
» Dimension - 17"(W) x 5.25"(H) x 16.5"(D)
» Material - Aluminum panel & Steel
» Motherboard - Support ATX & Micro-ATX
» Power Supply - Support ATX PSU (not included)
» Drive Bays - External 5.25" Bay x 1 / Internal 3.5" Bay x 3
» Expansions - 7 Slots / Full Size
» Cooling - 60mm Silent Case Fan x 2 / 80mm Case Fan x 1
» Front Connection:
» IEEE 1394 x 1
» USB 2.0 x 2 (on side panel)
» 20 x 2 VL System Media Center Edition Programmable VFD with Internal USB Connector
» Special Features:
» MCE Receiver Rack with internal USB adaptor (receiver not included)
» S/PDIF Output Jack
The packaging for the nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case is pretty generic, with a regular cardboard box to protect the case and some red lettering providing a few details about the contents. Inside the box are the typical Styrofoam inserts to hold the case securely while it is being shipped.