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  Product:     Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case  
  Price:     $320 (CAN) / $250 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Ahanix
  Author:     Mantis
  Date:     August 28th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Ginger from Ahanix for providing the D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case for review.

D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case

Introduction:

Earlier standard computer enclosures were geared to provide an economical solution paired with a very traditional design for a rather customary set of computing environments. One clear drawback to the older solutions was the obvious lack of emphasis put on style and function. The introduction of mainstream mid and full tower varieties brought a new level of design and ease of use quickly allowing manufactures to innovate with their own features. To compliment the shift towards Home Theatre integration, a new series of HTPC style enclosures have now been introduced into the consumer market. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case, an enclosure designed for HTPC enthusiasts.

Specifications:

The D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case is one of seven home theater style cases offered on the Ahanix website. Consumers have the option of both silver and black color configurations. Additional options include an integrated VFD and Silent 350W Power Supply for a complete package. The Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC is a desktop style case that supports both ATX and mATX motherboard formats along with standard ATX power supplies. Here are some of the case specifications taken directly from the Ahanix website:

Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case - Key Specifications:
Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case: Distributed by Ahanix
Case Dimensions: 17.06" (W) x 7" (H) x 15.93" (D)
Weight: 16.6 lbs
Drive Bays: 5 (2 x 5.25" external, 1 x 5.25" internal 2 x 3.5" internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Chassis: Aluminum
PSU Dimension: Standard ATX 350W 5.88" (W) x 3.38" (H) x 6.32" (D)
Form Factors: mATX or Full ATX motherboards
Fans: 2 (2 x 60mm rear exhaust)
Universal ATX I/O Shield included
Special Features: Front mounted VFD, dual front USB and Firewire
 
Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case
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Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case
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The Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case arrived in a standard cardboard box packaging with the D.vine name marked clearly on all sides. Inside, a set of polystyrene blocks holds the case in place and protects against any damage or shifting during shipping, a plastic cover protects the unit from scratches and moisture. Included with the Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case is a one-page manual outlining proper VFD installation procedures.

Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case
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Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case
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Out of the box, my initial impressions of the Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case were very positive. Measuring approximately 17.06" (W) x 7" (H) x 15.93" (D) with a weight of 16 pounds. The Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case takes on a standard desktop style format and can support standard ATX and mATX components for a wide variety of possible configurations. The included review model is black in color and includes the optional VFD and 300W Silent Power supply. The overall appearance of the Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case is very sleek with a beautiful brushed aluminum bezel exposing only a few key features for easy access and information. A boldly printed D.vine logo graces the top left hand portion of the front bezel and is the only form of branding viewable on the entire chassis.

Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case
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Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case
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Liquid Crystal Displays or Vacuum Fluorescent Displays are an excellent source of obtaining information at a glance and when bundled with the appropriate software can display a plethora of useful statistics regarding media or the machines performance. A recessed mounting area has been implemented into the center portion of the Ahanix D.vine 4 Home Theater Series PC Case bezel which can accommodate an optional 2x16 VFD or LCD. The rear portion of the mount has been tinted with a thin plastic in order to blend the unit into the overall design when not in use. Additional functions include space for a hard drive activity LED or IR remote receiver. Two well sized recessed power and reset buttons have been neatly integrated into the lower left portion of the bezel.
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