nMedia HTPC 1000-Series Case
Packaging and Appearance
The 1000 was shipped in a brown cardboard box, with the case itself protected by two pieces of sturdy Styrofoam and a soft bag to protect it from scratches.
The front of the 1000 is made from beautiful brushed aluminum. Two vandal switches are accessible for power and reset functionality. The optical drive sits behind the aluminum bezel, adding to the case's beauty. Below the optical bay is the space for the optional LCD screen.
The lower portion of the case's front lowers to reveal a slew of ports and a card reader. The case really does shine with this added functionality and expandability, but could possibly have been done better without hiding the ports behind a door.
The sides and top of the case are merely utilized for ventilation.
The rear of the case shows support for a micro-ATX motherboard and a full-size powersupply. Also of note are the two fans that sit above the motherboard shield, as well as the large thumbscrews for removing the top panel.
With the top panel removed, the inside is exposed. The interior is rather plain, but it can be seen that the two rear fans require four-pin molex connectors for power. Most modern motherboards, micro-ATX or otherwise, feature more than two sets of fan connectors. Using these connectors would not only allow the motherboard to adjust the fan speed, but it would also eliminate the need to run an extra power cable to these fans from the power supply.
On the front side of the interior, these is a single drive cage piece that holds all the drives for the system. By removing a screw or two, the cage pulls out from the case to simplify drive installation. The hard drive cages feature rubber grommets to kill noise.
A single fan, larger than the rear fans, resides on one of the side panel vents, and again requires a four-pin molex connection for power.
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