December 2004 HTPC Case Roundupby Purav Sanghani on December 27, 2004 2:00 AM EST
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SilverStone Technology Lascala 10/MAbout a year and a half ago, SilverStone Technology opened their doors to the world to introduce a line of products that not only performed well, but looked great doing it. We've reviewed a number of their products since then; the first being the all aluminum monolithic Temjin 3, followed by the curvaceous Temjin 5 and ATX redesigned Temjin 6. Then, a little over a month ago, we gave our readers an exclusive look at our first Lascala desktop/HTPC chassis, the Lascala 10M with multimedia kit. Today, we will compare the LC10/M with the D.Vine 5, Cavelier 2 as well as a few others to see which comes out on top.
External DesignSilverStone is known for their bold, yet simple, look in every product that comes off the line. Since their first case, the Temjin 1, many have been more than satisfied by the visual quality of each case. The LC10/M keeps things simple on the front bezel by eliminating doors and moving certain auxiliary ports to the side. At the left of the bezel, we see the Power and Reset buttons. We mentioned in our review of the LC10/M that the buttons are not clearly labeled and could cause some mishaps.
At the bottom left corner, we see a set of four USB ports lined up horizontally. The audio in/out and FireWire ports have been moved to the left side of the case also to visually make it more Home Theater friendly.
At the center of the bezel, we see a rectangular 2x16 character Vacuum Florescent Display, like the one that we saw in the D.Vine 4 and D.Vine 5 by Ahanix. SilverStone, however, uses the iMON from SoundGraph, which enables IrDA and also has a USB interface. The software included is also exceptional in that it provides many of the functions of Windows Media Center in a simple to use interface free of charge with the LC10/M.
The right 1/3 of the bezel is composed of a sliding panel that allows installation of a single 5-1/4" optical drive. Like the D.Vine 5, there is a slot for the drive tray and SilverStone has incuded an aluminum bezel which, in this case, uses a double-sided adhesive pad to secure to the factory bezel of the optical drive.