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Item#: N82E16811117075

Eagle Tech Black Aluminum CA-EC2-K ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Aluminum
  • Front Display Remote Control Module
  • Power Supply 2 x 60mm Rear Fans
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General

Brand
Eagle Tech
Model
CA-EC2-K

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
Power Supply
450W
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX
Side Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
1

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0
Front FireWire Ports
Yes
Front Audio Ports
Yes
Remote Control Module
Yes
Front Display
multi-media LCD display

Cooling System

60mm Fans
2 x 60mm Rear Fans
Side Air duct
No

Features

Features
Microsoft window media Remote control
Soft Closing optical drive bay door
High Quality Aluminum foot-stand
Seamlessly integrated VFD module
100% high quality aluminum made

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  • Alejandro R.
  • 6/4/2007 1:17:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAnother bad power supply

Pros: The case looks great, comes with remote and LCD screen.

Cons: As other have said before, the power cord was disconnected from the power supply, make sure to check it. The power supply died with in a day.

Other Thoughts: If you get this case be forewarn, the power supply *might* be defective. if your one of the lucky ones with a good PSU then this will be a great HTPC case.

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  • Bryan K.
  • 5/24/2007 3:36:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Nice looking, good build quality.

Cons: The PSU was DOA. Only 1 HDD bay if used with FDD, card reader or other 3.5" device.

Other Thoughts: What a bummer! Got all fired-up to build my new HTPC, and luckily remembered one of the other reviewers recommending to plug it in to test the PSU before installing any hardware, and good thing too, because it wasn’t simply a loose power cord :( So, here I sit so broken hearted, tried to build it but only disparted.

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  • Christopher R.
  • 4/10/2007 7:11:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnot a bad case

Pros: nice quality for money

Cons: did I get software or directions with this thing? How do you hook up the remote sensor? how do you get the display working

Other Thoughts: Any help would be great

newegg is great.
oh yeh I recieved a rebate later to find out they give you 2 weeks to send it out

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  • Jared E.
  • 4/7/2007 10:57:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMent for Media

Pros: Excellent layout, lots of room in most places, clean sleek look, LCD ain't half bad. not a bad price for a media box. Functional remote works with Windows Media Center, and with a little work even winamp.

Cons: Might run a little hot if you're putting a lot in there, only room for two hard drives, and almost impossible to use PATA HDD at all since it sits so close to the back of the motherboard. only one 5 1/4 slot

Other Thoughts: SATA HDDs are your friend.
the LCD connection ends up outside the case, and connects to your parallel port, which makes it universal i guess, but looks ugly coming out the back.
This thing is made to be a media box.

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  • Paul K.
  • 3/30/2007 9:23:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot impressed

Pros: -Looks like it belongs in a media cabinet.
-Quiet 60mm Case fans
-Includes MCE Remote and LCD
-Designed for media cabinet's airflow restrictions, should stay cool even in a tight space

Cons: -Cover designed poorly: Most cases have a cover that slides into rails or slots and is held on by two screws at the back. This case has 2 thumbscrews at the back, but has no rails or slots to keep the front of the cover on. They've included 2 TINY flush screws to hold the front down. They're a PITA.
-PSU fan is LOUD. As far as I can tell, the dual 60MM case fans are quiet, as I've stopped those with no audible change. I've also stopped the 80MM case fan. The only fan I haven't monkey'd with is the PSU fan. I'd estimate the unit to run around 40dB. Regardless, it's louder than my PC and I'll be taking apart the PSU to replace that fan.

Other Thoughts: Not bad for the money, but it would may be worth your time to find something quieter, even if it's a little more expensive. This is completely unacceptable for a living room atmosphere as is. It can be heard as soon as you enter the room.

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  • Adam S.
  • 3/5/2007 12:26:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Value, But Be Prepared!

Pros: A nice but cheap case. Built in fans are super quiet (another reviewer said they were loud) and are positioned well.

Nice glossy black finish, doors to DVD & port bays are great. LCD is not mind blowing but awesome none the less.

Looks great with my other A/V equipment and my non-technically inclined roommate loves the simple 1-button on the front!

Cons: Power supply was DOA, even after taking apart the holder to it and making sure it was properly connected (it wasn't, but it died more or less immediately).

A bummer but others didn't seem to have this issue. I had initially opted for this case due to it having a PS already, a great value for an HTPC case WITH a PS; However, NewEgg offered to RMA and was excellent giving me options. I declined to RMA, because I just used another PS and didn’t want to return the whole thing (and wait, and then build it again).

Other Thoughts: As I said, be prepared:

- I had a DOA power unit (even after reading the notes about them coming unplugged). Having a spare ATX PS might not be a bad idea if you’re chomping at the bit, so you don’t get stuck having to RMA the whole thing back and waiting.

- Be sure to have a LONG LONG necked Philips screwdrivers to work around in this thing.

- Watch for sharp edges, especially on the PCI card slot holes, they are razor sharp.

- Expect to spend several hours building the machine. It is not a "home case". It is not easy to work in. Space is tight. You will cut yourself. It will still be worth it.

- Be firm but gentle on the screws. They’re soft and can strip at the heads. You can handle it, though.

- Use LCDSmartie for the LCD. The refresh is slow, you don't want it scrolling text. For rotating through news, weather, song, etc its perfect!

Overall a great inexpensive and solid case that looks great and does its job!

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  • John T.
  • 2/5/2007 11:32:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case and value

Pros: Very sleek and clean look. I like the simplycity in the overall design. Looks great with matching AV equipment. Noise level is significantly reduced compared to other boxes I have owned.

Cons: CHECK the connection to the power supply inside the unit, before adding the motherboard or anything else. Hard drive (s) and DVD-ROM extremely close to the motherboard, which makes the connections to HDs difficult to plug in. Power supply is difficult to remove, because of the tiny room between the case surrounding the power supply and the front panel.

Other Thoughts: Not a bad case for the money and with other software available for download to manage the LED display, makes it a great case.

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  • Bobby B.
  • 12/27/2006 7:14:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: This case has a very clean-looking front panel layout that integrates perfectly with any high-end A/V system. The included power supply and remote will save you a lot of money. The case is surprisingly quiet considering the two 60mm fans. The remote works great with the latest Windows Media Player.

Cons: The build quality is a little suspect. My unit wouldn't power on at first. I had to disassemble the duct for the power supply exhaust and plug the power cord in tighter. One of the screws that holds the cover on was threaded slightly crooked. The front door wouldn't open and close properly at first until some burrs were removed. The cables for the drives are too close to the motherboard edge, making it difficult to wire. Only one spot for a hard drive unless you don't want to use the 3.5" bay, which will yield two spots.

Other Thoughts: Despite some of the cons, this is a great value. I recommend it to anyone looking to build a nice-looking media center PC on a budget. One thing hard to tell from the pictures is that the power supply is near the front. There is a large duct that goes down the side of the case for the power supply exhaust. The front panel display is awesome. All kinds of downloads are available that allow it to display song names, movie titles, the weather, or whatever you want. By default, you can display the CPU speed, time, date, etc.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/22/2006 12:49:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCase was fine

Pros: Front is nice and neat with the doors closed.

Cons: Nothing really bad about the case, just some things that needed worked around.

Other Thoughts: Power cord to power supply was loose. I didn't figure this out until I went to turn it on for the first time, so I had to tear everything apart to connect it. No "Y" power connector for third exhaust fan; I just left it unplugged. FDD bay slots did not match for a second hard drive; I drilled my own holes.

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