5 Beautiful HTPC Cases Reviewed

The HTPC came about to combine many or all components of a home theater setup into a single box. As a convergence device, the HTPC combines the functions of a personal computer and a digital video recorder. Effectively a HTPC can replace DVD/Blu-ray players, CD players, recording devices and various other multimedia entertainment devices.

One of the greatest challenges a HTPC faces is fitting in with the rest of your living room equipment, and this burden is placed at large on the case. Besides good looks, the case must operate at a reasonable volume and for a HTPC that volume is near silent. And while the volume issue can easily be solved by lowering fan speeds, this usually creates another potentially worse problem, heat!

Today we are going to look at some new HTPC cases that range in size, price, and features. These HTPC cases include the Antec MicroFusion Remote 350, Silverstone LC13B-E, Lian-Li PC-C37, Thermaltake DH104, and GlacialTech Altair A381.

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that silverstone case they reviewed looks rather badly designed (everything behind one door rather than a door for the cdroms and one to cover the front panel inputs like on there gd01 case, 60mm rear ports and 80mm front ports there when the other silverstone cases have 80mm rear 120mm front.

also the article didnt mention the optional extras available (all silverstones htpc cases can be bought with vfd displays/remote and some can have a touchscreen) i dont see the point of a touchscreen though

Goes to show beauty is in the eye of the beholder as I think all but one of them are ugly and wouldn't want them in my living room.

wow are those big and ugly..
heres the case i use for my xbmc htpc .. mini-itx aopen s120



mine is the same, except for minus the aopen logo, mines just minimal and completely black

What an absolutely useless and worthless article.

What did you use to measure the temperature of the components? How long were the components stressed before reading? Did you take any real-world SPL readings or just rely on the manufacturer's marketing FUD? What was the point in comparing a giant ATX behemoth against several much smaller cases (of course the giant case is going to have better cooling performance! )? What were the performance characteristics of the installed fans (RPM range, SPL, connectors (PWM or not), airflow, etc.)?

This is probably the worst "review" I've ever seen. If you want some real information about silent computing and HTPCs, then I suggest checking out SilentPCReview.com.

The Antec MicroFusion Remote is probably the best looking imo. Too bad is out of my price range at $190. I am currently looking for something similar but a heck of a lot cheaper.