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nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great case except for 1 thing 01/22/2010

This review is from: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Easy install. Removable drive rack. Memory card slots, USB, Firewire, eSata and audio ALL on the front. Optional LCD display is inexpensive and adds a nice touch.

Cons: The dvd drive door is really flimsy. And, though it might make for a "sloppier" look on the front, I wish the dvd installation allowed the drive to be mounted through the front (like a normal PC). This case REQUIRES the removal of the front bezel of the dvd drive. The Blu-Ray drive I got was unusable because the case's drive button would not contact the drive's button, therefore, you could not activate the drive without using the eject functionality of the operating system. (actually this is probably a drive manufacturer problem, because I used a standard DVD burner instead and it worked fine.)

Other Thoughts: Factory installed fans are simple two wire connections that will not plug into the motherboard (for speed monitoring). I replaced the front fan with a motherboard controlled fan (and added another one to the other side).

LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model iHOS104-06
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Can't really say. Never got it installed.

Cons: The drive will not work in the nMediaPC case I bought to build my HTPC. The problem is that, once you remove the front of the drive (which is required to fit it into the case), the drive activation button will not come into contact with the button built into the case. The button on the drive does not extend past the front of the drive, therefore, the button on the case contacts the drive casing and will not depress the activation button.

Other Thoughts: I guess this could also be blamed on the nMedia folks. I would have preferred a drive mounting that allows me to install the drive through the front of the case (like any normal PC).

HEC Optimus 6XM1 Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Big fan not such a great thing 03/31/2008

This review is from: HEC Optimus 6XM1 Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: See previous review

Cons: 250mm fan was defective

Other Thoughts: Initially I loved this box. It was quiet, cool, and attractive.

After about 3 weeks the oversized (side) fan started making a clicking noise. It would stop if I contorted (twisted) the case, or removed the side panel from the box and held it is EXACTLY the right position. Eventually I decided to try to replace it. Once removed from the side panel I was, however, able to locate the source of the clicking noise, (one of the led wires that was looped too high and was hitting the underside of the fan blade hub). I decided to try fix it. I was able to extract the fan blade by removing the label on the back of the fan and then removing the retaining washer on the fan axle. A few minutes and a little hot glue and a drop of light oil, did the trick. The fan is now nearly silent! (Of course the warranty is probably void, but...)


Randall K.'s Profile

Display Name: Randall K.

Date Joined: 06/21/03

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 01/27/08
  • Last Review: 01/22/10
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