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Cooler Master CM Media 250 HTPC Case
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Manufacturer: Cooler Master
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Cooler Master CM Media 250 HTPC Case
January 31, 2006

There is no way you could possibly integrate a normal computer case into a home theater and make it look like it was meant to be there. First off, the fact that most cases sit upright would prevent them from even fitting in normal theater environments, and even the standard desktop cases look totally out of place. In the last few years specialty cases began showing up that solved this issue with designs that blend in naturally with other home theater components like A/V Receivers, DVD players, and other equipment normally found outside the office in the theater environment.

Cooler Master has come out with a line of HTPC, or Home Theater Personal Computer, cases that were never meant to sit under a pile of paper work next to the phone. The CM Media 250 is a full height, Micro ATX style case with either a black or silver brushed aluminum front panel and steel chassis.

Key Features:

» Brushed aluminum front bezel
» Tool-less assembly/disassembly for quick and easy maintenance or upgrade
» High efficiency ventilation design: two 60mm system fan, which help keep this HTPC quiet
» Fully EMI shielded to protect user from harmful electronic emissions


» Dimensions: (W) 423mm (H) 140mm (D) 445mm
» Material: Aluminum front panel and SECC steel body
» Colors: Silver/Black front panel, black cooler body
» Motherboards: Micro ATX, ITX
» 5.25" Drive Bays: x2
» 3.5" Drive Bays: x1 (Internal), x1 (External)
» Vacuum Fluorescent Display (Option):
   » VFD /Parallel Port Connector
   » 2 x 16 characters display window
   » IR receiver /Remote Control unit
   » Media Center Software/ Option
» Cooling System - Rear: 2 x 60mm Fans
» Expansion Slots: x4

The Basics:

The Cooler Master CM Media 250 came well packed in a sturdy brown box surrounded by foam and cardboard retainers. After the packing materials are removed, there is yet another layer of protection; the face is covered by a tacky sheet of plastic to protect the brushed finish.

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