nMediaPC HTPC-6000B ATX HTPC Case
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 10-26-2009
Provided by: nMediaPC
A Look Outside

The nMediaPC HTPC-6000B come is a very plain looking box. The box is small compared to other PC boxes, which have a lot of give to prevent damage to the case within. I was pretty surprised when the FedEx driver handed it to me. Inside, the case is completely covered with Styrofoam, which provides significant protection. The case itself is pretty small, so there is probably an ample amount of crush space.

The HTPC-6000B looks like a stereo receiver or other home theater component. The upper front is very shiny black plastic, the lower is a brushed anodized black aluminum door. The upper part is so shiny that I left the clear protective covering on it to cut down on the glare on the photos.

The front is very clean, with only the I/O switch on the left and a stealth optical drive door and display window on the right. nMedia makes an optional LCD display for the window, but wasn't included on the review sample.

Open the aluminum lower stealth door and we find the case's electronics. On the left side is a reset button, audio connectors, eSATA, a pair of USB ports, and IEEE 1394. On the right is an all-in-one card reader and another USB port.

The lock for the stealth door is plastic but holds well.

The case is very ventilated, with venting on top and both sides. As the case will likely sit on a shelf, I feel that this venting is important but I am afraid that the pair of fans on the rear may be blocked from proper exhausting.

Looking at the rear of the case, we see fully open vents for the pair of 80mm rear fans and the opening for a full ATX power supply.

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