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Item#: N82E16811280027

Moneual Black Aluminum MonCaso 932LB ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Aluminum
  • Front Display Remote Control Module Front Card Reader
  • 2 x 80mm Fans
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A state-of-the-art media center is entitled to an equally state-of-the-art Home Theater PC case. MonCaso HTPC cases come in an elegant full-aluminum chassis that exudes quality and style that complements, not clashes, with your living room aesthetic. With expandable storage space and full compatibility with all Windows Operating Systems, MonCaso HTPC cases are peerless in functionality, as well as in design.

The 932L features 1inch longer depth than the 932 model making almost DVD/Blu-Ray Player Compatible to build-up system.

  • newegg Exceptional Cooling With two pre-installed 80mm rear fans, as well as air vents on top cover, venting holes for graphics card, power supply unit and had disk drive (the HDD cage support 80mm fan, fan not included), the Moneual MonCaso 932LB case produces sufficient air flow to quickly and efficiently dissipate the heat generated by the components for a reliable and stable system running.
  • newegg 7inch Touch Screen Front-View Various system and media information are displayed through the big front LCD display. All these information can be controlled by finger or stylus Touch.
  • newegg Front-Panel Control An array of buttons on the front panel put the playback control just at your fingertips.
  • newegg Media Card Reader A multi-media card reader located at the front panel allows easy access to a wide range of flash memory cards.
  • newegg Front USB Panel One USB 2.0 port, one IEEE 1394 port, one mic port and one headphone port on the front panel offers easy connection to a variety of peripherals.
  • newegg Windows 7 MCE Control The Windows 7 MCE compatible IR remote control allows you to take command of the media playback at any spot of your room.

Learn more about the Moneual LAB 932LB

General

Brand
Moneual
Series
MonCaso
Model
932LB

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Aluminum
Power Supply
PSU Type: Standard ATX (Not included)
Motherboard Compatibility
Standard ATX
Side Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
No
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4
Expansion Slots
6

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0
Front FireWire Ports
1 x IEEE1394
Front Audio Ports
MIC, Headphone Jack
Front eSATA Ports
No
Front Card Reader
Yes
Remote Control Module
MonCaso Remote Control
Front Display
7" touch screen

Cooling System

80mm Fans
2 x 80mm Fans
Side Air duct
No

Features

Features
Windows 7 MCE Compatible IR remote control

7" LCD Touch Screen:
15:9 Ratio
800 x 600 (recommened resolution)
External D-sub Video Input
Internal USB touch screen input

Front Panel:
Volume Knob
Media Control Button

OS:
Windows 2000 / XP / XP MCE / VISTA / 7

Dimensions&Weight

Height
6.75"
Width
17"
Depth
19.5"
Weight
16.6 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Boris G.
  • 2/12/2013 10:49:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice overall, but some serious flaws

Pros: Solid build quality, all-metal, well-ventilated.
Touchscreen and front buttons (though see cons).
Card reader included.
Works with Windows-7 64 bit.
Works with Windows Media Center (including touchscreen).

Cons: Proprietary interface (to use touchscreen and buttons, soundgraph's "iMON manager" must be running).
Case design a bit old (3-wire fans, 2-wire power button, no "case open" sensor, etc.).
Lots and lots of screws, long-necked magnetized screwdriver (included) is a must.
Volume knob is bent (wobbles and squeaks when turning)
Included CD contains beta versions of drivers that don't work well and don't uninstall cleanly (use system restore, or see Soundgraph site for manual uninstallation)
The optical drive bezel will be difficult to move if/when changing ODDs.
Cable connection instructions are confusing and out-of-date, both on the paper manual and on the .pdf from the site.
VGA cable for LCD is not long enough to reach the mobo VGA port (I fixed it by moving the cable two slots closer to the port).

Other Thoughts: It's a nice case overall. I take off two eggs because of the high price, the out-of-date drivers and manuals, and the proprietary touchscreen driver.

The case is built like a proverbial tank. Very solid, all metal, no give anywhere. It's huge - if you're using a micro ATX mobo (supported), you don't need a long version of the case.

Hardware installation was somewhat difficult. Lots and lots of screws, then confusing directions on cabling. Case didn't quite match the pictures in the manual. Cable names didn't quite match the marking on the cables. The printed manual was badly out of date, the downloaded .pdf was better, but still not 100% up-to date.

Software installation was made unnecessarily difficult by the included CD. Don't even insert it into a reader. Later, I looked into the .inf files - it actually contains beta versions of the drivers (!!!)

Go straight to www.soundgraph.com and download the latest version of iMON manager. *Then* let it auto-update to the true latest version.

The touchscreen (and, AFAIK, front buttons) only work when the "iMON manager" is running. Close the iMON manager, and the touchscreen (and, I think, the buttons) stop working immediately. If you don't have an external mouse, you'll probably have to reboot to get it back.

The iMON manager comes with its own media player. I didn't care for it - it's locked into the screen's native 800x600 resolution (can't be resized, though the screen supports 1024x768, which matches my projector's), has a sickly yellow-green color scheme (I couldn't find a way to change it), and runs a news ticker (that I couldn't disable). First time I turned it on, it greeted me with a headline "15 people killed...". Try to explain this to a 5-year-old who is waiting for his Dinotrain movie!

Fortunately, you don't have to run the Soundgraph's media player to use the touchscreen - just the iMON manager. Still, this will be very limiting for many HTPC builders.

I wonder why the case needs a firewire connector on the front? Almost no PC motherboard has one, and the iMON manager is a PC-only software. For me, an eSATA connection would've been much more useful.

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  • Robert B.
  • 11/19/2011 11:59:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Yet

Pros: This is the best HTPC case I have owned yet. I have had a dozen over the years. The build quality is great. Layout is perfect for any MB or Video Card you want. The IMON software is a bit difficult to get a handle on but when figured out you can do a lot with it. I use the IMON remote with a Harmony One remote and it really improves on the operation of the HTPC. You have to add a second IR reciever.

Cons: The IR reciever only works with the IMON software loaded.
I would have liked it to work on its own.

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