When all is said and done, folks looking to build a new HTPC system want quality and affordability. After all, most of the users building this type of system are building it in addition to the main rig they already use on a daily basis. With this concept in mind, nMedia has shown that it can cope with these needs with some very nice features that won't deplete the wallet.
Features include the hideaway optical bay cover to make everything neat and clean, as well as things like 3 hard drive bays and solid cooling features. While I was a little disappointed that the enclosure was not compatible with a full sized ATX motherboard, at least you aren't limited with the power supply. Considering the heavy power requirements needed for modern system components, this is a good thing.
The optional L.I.S. VFE digital display is also a nice touch. The display is customizable and gives the HTPC a look that is in line with a lot of the current crop of stereo components being sold. Since odds are good that this enclosure will be sitting amongst that type of equipment, the ability to blend in shows a good deal of thought before the product hit the assembly line.
As far as cost is concerned, you can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $100 USD (about $135 AUD) for the HTPC 288-BA enclosure. While not the cheapest around, I have seen many that go for well over $150, so you will still be in the lower echelon of price ranges with this model. Like I mentioned before, features plus affordability make a worthy contender for your HTPC dollars.
Bottom line... If you have been considering building a new HTPC and are looking for something that offers excellent cooling, good looks and enough features to keep the movie buff happy, then take a look at the nMedia HTPC 288-BA enclosure. It has a good deal to offer at a price that won't make your eyes pop out of your head.
3x HDD bays
Excellent cooling features
Limited to mATX mainboard
Interior a bit cramped
Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award!
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