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Item#: N82E16811160023

CHIEFTEC Black Aluminum HIFI HM-01B-OP ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

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General

Brand
CHIEFTEC
Series
HIFI
Model
HM-01B-OP

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
No

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 7/14/2009 10:35:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: good case, great build

Cons: lcd panel that came with mine is dead, triple checked install to make sure was set up correctly, maybe I just got a bad one, guess I will rma for a new one...sigh, what a big hassle.

Other Thoughts: I really expect this to work the first time for 279.99

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  • Justin G.
  • 6/22/2009 6:48:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Case i've ever owned

Pros: This case has SO many little extras that make installation easier, the quality of the materials is awesome. Chieftec did pay attention to details. Im usually the guy looking for the plain black case for around 100$ but decided to splurge this once since it would be in plain sight next to the TV and i'm glad i did. I did use the VFD for info on currently playing media, otherwise it posted the current time and weather outside. I was able to hide large amounts of cables under the front mounted usb ports and run other annoying cables under the motherboard to make it look nice and neat inside. There is a HDD Rack that holds 3 drives that you can easily swap out, there also is another internal 3.5" slot with plenty of motherboard clearance under the DVD-Drive

Cons: I would love to complain about the heafty price tag as this is the most i've ever paid for a case but i cant help but say that it is worth EVERY penny, and if i knew what i do now coming into the purchase i would think $280 or less with a rebate is a STEAL! Some people do not like MedianHD for their mediacenter but i found that their forums are very helpful as there are some of the software architects floating around all the time. So if your not afraid to get your hands dirty instead of quitting and moving on to the next MCE software this may not be for you, so just use Sage or something.

Other Thoughts: So if you've read the review by "elTorro" you will see that he gave this case less eggs because he couldnt make it a hardcore gaming machine so i think he missed the idea completely. I have a full size ATX board M2N31-SLI and it does get tight in places but there is plenty of room for everything. I just threw in a new Phenom Tri Core with 8gb Ram and 4x 1.5tb hard drives to store ripped dvd's. I just have a Geforce 8500GT but there definately is room for a larger card, now if i tried a GTX280 i'd be chasing rainbows but Chieftec did not make this case for that reason. I can not say anything negative about this case at all, It looks beautiful. Yes the VFD screen has limitations but i was a fan of the remote. I actually have a MCE remote but used the i-mon / MedianHD software combo that came with and you can use the wheel pad to navigate around with your mouse even. Push the "MCE" key and pop open MedianHD for playback or even windows MCE if you choose that method. AWESOME!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/17/2009 8:25:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLOVED IT, then sent it back

Pros: BEAUTIFUL. QUIET. ALMOST PERFECTLY ENGINEERED. I am a structural engineer, and loved this case when I opened it.

Cons: The case is a piece of art, but it didn't fit any of the video cards that I needed to run GREAT graphics (-1 egg). My new Lian Li Pc-c32 has sliding fans that does allow HUGE Vcards and it was $70 cheaper (without remote). The REMOTE SUCKS (-1egg), and the SMALL front panel screen sucks. The front panel screen font is way too small, and the IMON programing is horrible.

Other Thoughts: If you go with a card longer than my PNY GTX 260 then do not order this. If you don't want to buy a great mouse like my new Gyration Music Remote, and will be happy with a Nintendo 64 joystick as a mouse then order this.

The case is nice but the IMON needs MAJOR MODS to its interface. GET THE GYRATION mouse, which is cheaper on their site and comes WITH mini keyboard.

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  • Justin G.
  • 3/14/2009 4:22:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Amazing!

Pros: Where to begin, This case is completely Solid and well built. Installation was a breeze, plenty of space inside to move around and also easy to manage cables. The hard drive rack was something i've never seen before. Solid rubber padding around the screw and then you can just set it in the rack. This keeps vibration down and makes removing/installing drives a snap. Also by taking 2 screws out the bottom you can remove this holder and attach an 80mm fan to the pre-set holes to push the hot air away! The front panel can be customized to display anything you want, date/time, current show or movie, headline news, sports or weather. Also when/if in hibernate it will display a system clock or personalized greeting. I like that this case comes without PSU so you can place whatever your heart desires as there is room to make this a big gaming machine. This case is beautiful and blends in seamlessly with my audio components. DVD faceplate opens down and media bay with push release! A+

Cons: So the first thing i realized is that the cover is very different, This could be a Con or Pro. The cover is a flat plate that sits on a ledge and makes it flush with the frame so there is no such thing as thumb screws, your grabbing a screw driver.

Other Thoughts: Comes with the front panel viewer/remote control. Software to control all of these is easy to install and also comes with a medianHD which is an alternative to Microsoft Media Center. I started using this remote over my MCE remote because i can move the mouse with the control pad on this mouse, but the built in IR port on the case can support your MCE remote so you dont need to use that USB port. I have 4 hard drives installed 500gb for OS, 2 x 1tb drives and a 1.5tb drive because i store all of my DVD Video_TS folders on my computer. Setting up medianHD to automatically add these drives took some forums searching and asking but i did get it to work. Of the 4 internal 3.5" slots in Specs, 3 are on the seperate HD block that was so easy to use and the last is under the DVD drive away from the others. Plenty of room under DVD drive and around edges to hide cables and make it look pretty although nobody will see inside, makes you feel good.

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