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  Product:     NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case  
  Price:     $160 (CDN) / $129 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     NMedia System Inc
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     April 21st, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jack from NMedia System Inc for sending the NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case for review.

NMedia Systems Inc

Introduction:

Mini-ATX based computer enclosures have gained a level of acceptance amongst computer enthusiasts for the uniqueness and alternative chassis design available for platform computing. For the consumer looking to minimize desktop space requirements; Mini-ATX is the perfect alternative motherboard format that also maintains full system functionality. With the growing success of the Home Theatre PC, many new manufacturers are capitalizing on this market trend by introducing a variety of new HTPC based chassis designs and accessories. NMedia System Inc based out of Castro Valley, California is a new company that was formed in 2004. The company's vision is to create future home entertainment PC systems that are optimal for today's consumer electronic gear such as Plasma TV's, LCD's, HDTV and Home Theatre projectors. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating NMediaPC HTPC 100B, a brand new HTPC style enclosure developed by NMedia System Inc.

Specifications:

The NMediaPC HTPC 100B is one of two different units available on the NMedia System Inc website. Consumers have the option of selecting from two different colour formats (black and silver) as well as the option for an add-on home theatre PC accessories including a wireless keyboard, TV tuner card and remote. The NMediaPC HTPC 100B comes pre-assembled and only supports the mATX motherboard format. Here are some specifications taken directly from the NMedia System Inc website:

NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case - Key Features:
NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case: Manufactured by NMedia System Inc
Dimensions: Dimensions: 15" (L) x 13.8"(D) x 5.8"(H)
M/B Type: Micro ATX
Material: Solid Steel case chassis
Color: Silver or Black
External Drive Bays: 5.25" x 1 (Optical Drive) 3.5" x 1 (7-in-1 Card Reader)
Internal Drive Bays: 3.5" x 2 (HDD and SATA HDD)
Fans: 1 x 60mm (rear exhaust)
Expansion Slots: 3 X PCI (Full Length) 1 X AGP
Front I/O Port: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE1394, 2 x Audio, 7in1 Card Reader
Special features: Built-in air duct

NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case
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NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case
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The NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case was shipped in a colourful white double-walled corrugated box with the case manufacturer's logos and images printed on all sides. The front portion of the package included several images of the HTPC 100B which the back portion includes product specifications. The packaging inside the box was good with the case sealed in protected plastic with two pieces of polystyrene located on the left and right hand sides.

NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case
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NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case
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The NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case was bundled with an assortment of accessories which include mounting screws, motherboard stand-offs, zip ties, power cable and two reference manuals. The documentation included with this package was excellent and consists of an 8-page Quick Installation Guide and an 8-page user's manual for the bundled Enermax PSU. The Quick Installation guide is accompanied by a set of black and white reference photos and covers the installation, connectors and LCD module configuration. The 8-page Enermax PSU manual has been translated into 7 languages (English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) and covers product specifications, protection features, troubleshooting and safety issues.
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