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nMEDIAPC Black Steel (1.0mm SECC) HTPC 1800B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Blends with A/V at low Cost 02/16/2015

This review is from: nMEDIAPC Black Steel (1.0mm SECC) HTPC 1800B Mini ITX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: 1. Cost. All HTPC cases are overpriced. Given that reality, this enclosure was priced lower and generally fits in decently well with other A/V equipment. The front panel is plastic, but not too cheap looking.
2. Thin. Nice and thin, spaced to allow 1 full 5.25" bay. I put a bracket in that bay that allows a slim slot loading Blu-Ray player and a full 3.5" HD for storage. I hide an SSD underneath it and it all fits without too much trouble.
3. has an IR mount at the front of the case for those who want to wire this up using IR remotes.

Cons: 1. The display on the front has a marquee that doesn't change and is kinda bland. I understand that at this price point I can't complain, but it is more tacky than nice looking.
2. 5.25" Bay has a plastic door. The door is cheap and could easily snap off if not handled gently. I am happy they used a magnet instead of latch (plastic latches always break), but the door is still not that great.

Other Thoughts: Overall I really like what I got for the price. I highly recommend this case for HTPC builds that are cost conscious and don't want to compromise appearance/size for cost. I removed one egg just because the slight cheapness of the front panel, but otherwise great case.

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Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch Keyboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs HTPC Living Room Friendly 01/08/2015

This review is from: Logitech K400 2.4GHz Wireless Touch Keyboard

Pros: 1. Logitech generally has good quality products. This is the second one of these Keyboards I have purchased and both work well overall.
2. Full keyboard + Trackpad and media buttons all work well. I particularly like the "Left-click" button on the left side of the keyboard so I can navigate the desktop while standing without moving my hands around.
3. Cost - I found my first one for under $30 on special and my second one for just over that.
4. Power efficiency is terrific. We make sure to switch it off when the HTPC is not in use (Pretty much only at night) and in almost a year we have yet to replace the AA batteries that came with it.
5. If you use other Logitech devices, the USB wireless dongle that comes with this can be used to sync a bunch at a time, minimizing dongle clutter.
6. Lightweight - very comfortably held and light but not flimsy

Cons: My only real gripe with the keyboard is the 2.4Ghz signal is easily interrupted. Even with direct Line-Of-Sight the signal can be stuttered if you have lots of wireless signals in that band or the dongle is too close to the HTPC case. Logitech provides an extender to move the dongle about 2 inches from the USB port, but that defeats the idea of having a dongle flush with the HTPC and I constantly worry about it breaking off due to incidental contact.

I removed an EGG as it really hurts the functionality of the device in a living room. I have the dongle attached to a USB extender cable and completely away from the housing, but like I said, I want the HTPC to be tucked away and having to add a cable for single continuity is cluttered and an eyesore.

For the price, I cannot really complain too much, hence, a single egg.

Other Thoughts: A note to Logitech: This product would be essentially perfect at this pricepoint if the signal issue was not a problem. Perhaps a bluetooth version of this keyboard would be better, or a 5Ghz band perhaps. Ideally I don't want to have to configure anything to get the signal right and I would be willing to pay a little more to make sure.

Otherwise - strong product at this price.

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FSP Group FSP220-60LE(80) 220W Mini ITX/ Flex ATX 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply with Intel Haswell Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1. Solid build quality, not spectacular but solid.
2. FSP is a reputable PSU manufacturer that I have a good amount of trust as they OEM PSUs for other brands.
3. 80 PLUS Certified - not the best but given the other options in this class, for the price, this is a good feature.
4. In the nMedia HTPC case i used (without sound proofing) the PSU cannot be heard between all the other A/V equipment.

Cons: 1. I used an AsRock X88 ITX MB with this PSU and the 24 pin connector was a little short for ATX power. I had to buy an extender cable to get it to reach. This was mainly due to a combination of two factors: The AsRock MB has its connector on the absolute opposite side of the board from where I have the PSU mounted, and that the HTPC case I am using mounts the PSU in the middle.
2. All the above being said, the ATX cable should have been designed with another 3 inches slack. I don't think my configuration is that irregular. It would not have been a problem if the MB had the ATX power connector located anywhere else on the board.

Other Thoughts: Mini ITX power supplies seem overpriced in general, but given the other options under $75, this was easily the best when I ordered it.

Advice: If you can wait for a deal on a more efficient PSU, IE Bronze or Gold rated, I would wait in the weeds until a special came along. If you can't wait, at the very least stick with reputable OEM brands FSP or Seasonic. They cost more but I have faith they are less likely to fail or catch of fire.

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Display Name: James V.

Date Joined: 11/01/05

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  • First Review: 12/04/13
  • Last Review: 02/16/15
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