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  Product:     SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case  
  Price:     $136 (CDN) / $110 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     SilverStone Technology
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     February 15th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank SilverStone Technology for sending the SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case for review.

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Introduction:

The digital revolution has moved at a rapid fire pace by introducing new technological advances that are surpassing old legacy applications. A few years ago the VCR or Video Cassette Recorder was state of the art providing consumers an alternative method to record televised media. Fast forward to the present and multimedia standards have changed evolving into a new digital medium. The PVR or HTPC is now common place and consumers now have a variety of different options to enjoy the full multimedia experience. While commercial versions of PVR's and HTPC's are now available, SilverStone Technology has been at the forefront by developing a unique product line of HTPC style chassis for consumers who want to custom build their own units. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Lascala SST-LC13, a brand new HTPC style enclosure developed by SilverStone Technology.

Specifications:

The Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case is one of fourteen different units available on the SilverStone Technology website. Consumers have the option of selecting from two different colour formats (black and silver) as well as two different model designs. The Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case comes pre-assembled and only supports both mATX and ATX motherboard formats. Here are some specifications taken directly from the SilverStone Technology website:

SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case - Key Features:
SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case: Manufactured by SilverStone Technology
Dimensions: 430mm (W) x 163mm (H) x 430mm (D)
Weight: 9 kg
M/B Type: Micro ATX, Full ATX, Extended ATX
Material: Aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
Drive Bay: 6 (5.25" x 2 (External), 3.5" x 2 (External) and 3.5" x 2 (Internal)
Fans: 2 x 60mm (rear exhaust) and 1 x 92mm (front intake)
Expansion Slots: 7 pcs
Color: Silver or Black
Power Supply: N/A
Front I/O Port: USB2.0 port x 2, 1394 Firewire x 1, Earphone jack x 1 and MIC x 1

SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case
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SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case
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The SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case arrived in boxed cardboard packaging with a black identification labeling on the sides. The cardboard box resembled that of electronic component packaging used home electronics and stereo equipment. The case was sealed in protected plastic with 2 pieces of cardboard backing and polystyrene located on the top and bottom of the unit.

SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case
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SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case
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The SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case was bundled with an assortment of accessories which include mounting screws, motherboard stand-offs, zip ties, power cable and a 3-pin to 4-pin fan adapter. A fold out installation manual provides step by step assembly of the case including motherboard, fan mounts, and system components. My first impressions of the SilverStone Lascala SST-LC13 HTPC Case after removing the packaging were extremely positive. SilverStone has taken a very simplistic contemporary approach to designing the SST-LC13 while maintaining the same high level of detail and craftsmanship seen on most Lascala HTPC cases. The SST-LC13 carries a large footprint measuring 430mm (W) x 163mm (H) x 430mm (D) with a weight of 9kg. The entire composition of the case has been designed using a custom aluminum front panel with a 0.8mm SECC body. The main focus for the SST-LC13 is the single piece front bezel design and support for mATX, ATX and Extended ATX motherboard formats.
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