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Chieftec HM-01B HTPC Case
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Chieftec
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Chieftec HM-01B HTPC Case
March 11, 2009

Internal Inspection:

Before looking at the internal components, you have to remove the cover. One thing I noticed early on is that the cover is held on by four counter sunk screws. A tool-less design is always prefered, and initially I thought removing the cover might be quite difficult since it sits flush, and provides no obvious location to grab it. Once I loosened the four screws on top I was relieved and a bit impressed to see the cover rise up in the front. A pair of spring loaded pins are installed under the cover, and with the screws removed it is lifted up just enough to get your fingers around it to be removed.

An overview of the case's insides are provided in the image below. There is an optical drive tray in the top left corner, a hard drive cage in the top right corner, a power supply in the lower left corner, and a big clear box of accessories bolted in where the motherboard will go. I have never seen accessories arranged like this, and I hope four thumbscrews was enough to hold them in place!

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The next image shows the accessories removed from the case. You get an I-Mon remote and batteries, an I-Mon drivers disk, some cable management accessories, and a variety of hardware. Some of the hardware looked rather foreign to me at first, but later on some of the odd bits came in handy. But then again, there are a handful of items I never used during the review, and thanks to the weak documentation I don't know what they might have been used for.

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The image below shows the case cleared of the accessories. All black on the inside, too.

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