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Antec ISK100 Mini-ITX Desktop / HTPC Chassis - Final Thoughts

Antec has delivered the smallest chassis we have seen! - Have a look at their latest Mini-ITX solution.

| HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 29, 2010 2:55 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%      Manufacturer: Antec

Final Thoughts

 

For my personal use this Antec ISK100 has replaced the Thermaltake I had sitting here. Optical media is almost a thing of the past with the exception of Blu-ray. With the advent of streaming systems like Netflix, getting a movie on demand in any form is as easy as a click of a button, so the lack of any option for an optical drive bay doesn't hurt this product one bit. Its thin stature allows me to sit it next to my audio components, and with the 100mm TwoCool fan cooling things over the passive option of my previous chassis, I feel much better housing my Atom build in this ISK100.

 

Now, things inside and out are very spartan. Antec shows that you don't need a bunch of extras and a ton of space to make a chassis worth its weight. The ISK100 is the antithesis of doing what is needed and nothing more. While doing just the basics, Antec still offers an attractive solution to any environment. This chassis will look good in the cabinet next to the rest of the home theater, or even just sitting on a table top to save some room for a web browser and email machine. If you are looking to take a mini-ITX board and get away with one of the smallest chassis' on the planet, look no further than Antec.

 

For me the price point isn't so important, as this chassis was the perfect solution to my needs, and it just so happened to show up with great timing. When I look for a solution to a problem, I will tend to pay a bit more for the exact solution versus spending a bit less and not being happy with the results of my budget investment. For the size and features of the chassis, I think the asking price listed on Newegg.com at $79.99 isn't out of the real of realistic pricing, but does come in quite a bit more expensive than the Element Q we just looked at. It really came down to need over options for my build, and this may not be what you are looking for. I took the cooling option with form and function over large and clunky.

 

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