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SilverStone LC10M HTPC Case + Remote + Software


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HTPC Case
Date
5th July 2005
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Introduction:::...

You can't surf very far on the Internet without hearing the now ubiquitous term "Home Theater PC" or HTPC for short bandied about. But what exactly is a Home Theater PC?

Ultimately I think we have to blame Bill Gates and his visions of multimedia convergence, whether his operating system was properly equipped to cope or not.

One definition I dug out for HTPC was "The HTPC may take the place of a CD player, DVD player, deinterlacer, or Personal video recorder. An HTPC is often connected to an HDTV rather than a traditional Computer display. One of the primary advantages of an HTPC is that the video output is progressive scan and much higher resolution than standard definition television."

Of course here in the UK the chances of any kind of home entertainment component being tethered to a High Definition TV are remote, at least until Sky launch the first HDTV broadcast service in 2006.

So it seems the term is rather vague, meaning a PC that handles at least one of the tasks traditionally handled by other pieces of domestic hardware, tasks such as video playback, audio playback, video recording, audio recording, time shifting, TV broadcast decoding and so on, in which case we've been using "HTPCs" for years without even knowing it!

I think to be fair, the term HTPC to most of us means a PC that's been placed into a slightly more living room-friendly case and, if we're lucky, running software that makes controlling the multimedia functions easier on our TV's pitiful 525 line resolution

Today I get to review a product that not only aims to offer an attractive, though not too tiny home for your "HTPC" project, but one which at the same time makes controlling it all as simple as pointing a remote control.

The product in question is the LC10M from SilverStone, a company renowned for the quality of their cases. The "M" suffix denotes that this is the multimedia enhanced version of the case meaning, as you've probably guessed, that there's also a vanilla LC10 which comes sans VFD display, multimedia remote and multimedia software.

But I'm giving away the plot so let's do the specs then take a look:

Material

Aluminum front panel, 1.0mm SECC body

Color Black
Silver
Motherboard ATX, Micro ATX
Drive Bay Extemal

5.25 x 1

lntemal 5.25 x 1 / 3.5 x 4
Cooling System Rear

Front V 80mm intake, 2050rpm, 21dBA
Rear V 2 x 60mm exhaust, 3600rpm, 25dBA

Expansion Slot
7
Front I/O Port

USB2.0 port x 4
1394 Firewire x 1
Earphone jack x 1
MIC x 1

Multimedia VFD, IR, remote control, iMon media center software
Power Supply Optional standard PS2 (ATX)
Net Weight
8 kg
Dimension 430 mm (W) x 163 mm (H) x 429 mm (D)

In case you missed it, that's 8Kg in weight, or 17.6 pounds if you like it in old money. Considering it has an aluminium front fascia you get some idea how heavy this chassis is. Alternatively, it shows how sturdy it is, and as it's not really designed to be humped from place to place we shouldn't be critical that it's a bit of a "fat kid".

Anyway, let's get to the pictures:

 

 
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