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Bgears b-Envi HTPC Enclosure

By: Mike Wright | HTPC Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 27, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Bgears




Removing the two thumb screws on the back of the enclosure allows you to remove the entire cover, which gives you full access to the internals. There are support struts that go from front to back in three different locations so the case will have plenty of stability. After all, a good looking box like this would be perfect for those LAN parties, so the added strength is a nice addition. These struts also help support the peripherals that will be added when you build your system, such as the PSU, optical drives and hard drive.



Centered in the top portion of the front panel you will see the optical drive bays. You will need to remove the front bezel to install your drives, but this isn't too difficult and you simply need to push in a couple of tabs to pull it off. Once you have installed the drive(s), they will be hidden behind a full sized hinged door to not only prevent dust from entering your system, but also to keep it looking sharp.



A little different positioning for the hard drive is noted with the b-Envi. Instead of tucking it behind the power supply, you will mount it sideways along the left side of the case. With the cover off, mounting the drive is very easy.



Well, it is time for another one of those "innovation" things, this time in the form of something I did not expect to see. From this angle it is difficult to see what we are dealing with, so let's see if we can get a better look at this feature.



Well, that didn't help much. Still looks like nothing more than a little black box with a USB port on the back. I guess it is time to get the screwdriver out again.



Well now, this is interesting. Once you remove the end caps you have a circuit board that allows you to install a 2.5" hard drive. The default configuration is set to receive an IDE device, but Bgears also makes an optional circuit board to allow for the use of a SATA drive. Once installed into this box, it slides into the front of the enclosure then attaches with a wire that connects to one of your motherboard's USB headers. This gives you instant access to any standard 2.5" drive in the same manner as you would use an external device.



Above is the 120mm fan that comes with the b-Envi in its default setup. Since this is the windowed version, the fan includes blue LED lighting. This enclosure is also available without windows and that model comes with a standard fan without lighting effects. Though the fan speed is not controlled, I noted it was very quiet in its normal operation. To help in the overall cooling scheme, there are vents along the side behind the front bezel. Though not filtered, they do allow for ample air to move through the box. I did not have any issues with heat when running a system in the b-Envi.


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