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nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs A few suggestions 09/19/2013

This review is from: nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: I picked this case for my HTPC build about 2 years ago and if I had to do it over again I'd use the same case. I love the way it looks and it's fine for its intended purpose.

Cons: The biggest drawback is the dodgy driver for the LCD and the color. This thing looks like and old radio, the lights should be yellow or amber, like the dial of an old radio, not blue. The internals could be better, the optical drive doesn't line up well and if you add and remove the drive support too often you will strip out the holes in the wood the screws go into. The case also isn't real wood and the bronze looking front panel is plastic... but what do you want for $100?

Other Thoughts: I solved the optical drive problem with a big piece of double sided foam tape. It cushions the drive to help keep noise down, holds in in place and at just the right height. The stripped screw holes were easily fixed with a few drops of glue.

Bottom line is even with it's flaws I REALLY like this case, it has character no other case can match and perfectly fits in with the eclectic nature of my AV setup.

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nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Unique and cool 11/24/2012

This review is from: nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Wood case, looks like nothing else and fits great in any living room.

Cons: Dodgy Chinese construction, (the wood isn't, it's some kind of press-board) plastic "brass", getting DVD to line up takes some fiddling, lousy driver for optional LCD display, poor packaging (my first one arrived damaged)

Other Thoughts: In spite of the problems I REALLY like this case. I used it to build my HTPC and it's perfect for that. The thing looks like a radio from the 40's and it's as unique as something like this can be without actually building your own case. The DVD alignment problem is easily solved with double stick foam tape.

The driver for the optional LCD display stinks. It works (usually) but doesn't recognize Windows 7 and sometimes it hangs when loading, forcing me to restart the computer.

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ThinkPad T Series T60 Notebook Intel Core Duo T2400(1.83GHz) 15
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price, solid construction, the "legendary ThinkPad Keyboard"

Cons: None for the price

Other Thoughts: When I saw this deal I jumped on it, even though I really didn't need another computer, it was just too good a deal to pass up.

And I really do know about these machines, I work in the plant where we refurbished these, and I have enough confidence in our process that I bought one of these for myself.

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Jeffrey D.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey D.

Date Joined: 05/12/11

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/11/11
  • Last Review: 09/19/13
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