IntroductionIt’s been a while since we’ve taken a close look at a home theater case, and after looking at one of Ahanix’s latest, we’d like to think that perhaps it was worth our wait. While we were quite pleased with the D-Vine 5 in our December 2004 HTPC roundup, we still encountered enough feature flaws to prevent it from winning our editor’s choice award in that comparison.
In terms of what is good for an HTPC case, it actually fared quite well, but where it was lacking was in areas that apply to all the cases that we review, such as thermal performance and layout/design.
Well, it’s been almost a half a year now, and Ahanix has a newer, greatly improved model in the D-Vine family for us to look at, the MCE601. Ahanix has six different lines of HTPC cases and is still working on even more designs, as well as several related product lines such as Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and silent accessories. With a company that seems to have such a deep interest in small systems, their HTPC cases should be some of the best in the industry. Here’s a quick glance at what the chassis has to offer.
|- Great HTPC styling
- Support for several hard drives
- Vacuum fluorescent display
- 350W SilentX power supply
|- USB for display connector
- Ability to use standard PSUs
- Ability to use non-ATX motherboards
- Larger fans for improved cooling
Let’s see how this model compares to the D-Vine 4 and 5, and also how it performs as an HTPC case in general.
More information on the MCE601 is available at Ahanix’s website.