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A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis - Fit and Finish

A+ have sent us a mini-ITX case solution, the Cupid 3, with a 200W power supply included. Could this be the HTPC enclosure for you?

| HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 25, 2009 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Tagan

Fit and Finish

 

Tagan A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

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A+ includes a spring to keep the brushed aluminum door shut when the optical drive door is closed. The issue is that the included spring is too long and doesn't function properly. I was able to cut off a few rings and re-bend the last two rings to hold on the latch.

 

Tagan A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

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This is what I mean about the spring being too long and not functioning properly. With the spring ends on both pegs, the door sits open just a bit when the drive door is closed. Shortening the spring did correct the issue as I stated above.

 

Tagan A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

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Adding some power to the Cupid 3 and pushing the power button reveals that the edge of the button is surrounded in LED's. The reddish purple lights indicate hard drive activity, while the blue is just to indicate power being on.

 

Tagan A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

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Here is what you look at while the Cupid 3 is at an idle state. You are left with a mellow blue LED showing a sleek aluminum finish.

 

Tagan A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

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With the optical drive button pushed, the drive door opens and drops the outer door while extending out. The entire tray for the CD or DVD is open to access.

 

Tagan A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

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With the face of the Cupid on this time, I opened the door at the bottom left to give a finished look at the outputs, 56-in-1 card reader and the two USB 2.0 ports. If you plan to use the case without the supplied feet in use, this door will hit whatever surface you are on and not fully open. For the sake of the image, I set the Cupid 3 up to work this way.

 

Tagan A+ Cupid 3 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

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Last but not least is the feet I was just talking about. I suggest that you use them if you plan to purchase this case. The texture that is applied to the outer shell is also applied to the bottom. As you can see, this texture scraped a bit of paint from the photo box, so I can only imagine what it might do to a nice hardwood stand.

 

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