Moneual Labs MonCaso 932P Platinum HTPC Enclosure
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 10-16-2007
Provided by: Moneual Lab
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First Look

The 932P arrived in a larger brown cardboard box (not pictured). Inside this box was the retail package for the case. I assume this is done to keep the contents of your package private. Anyway, inside the retail box we find the case itself wrapped in plastic and protected on both corners by foam padding. An accessory box was also included. From left to right, we have an ATX pass-through adapter (used to power the front panel LCD screen), software disc, various screws, two AAA batteries, optical drive bezel, remote control, screwdriver and a very large instruction manual. The manual covers system and software installation in multiple languages.

Our review sample is silver, but you can also purchase the MonCaso in black. As you can see, the case looks very much like a home theater component such as a stereo receiver. I have an Onkyo receiver that is laid out almost identical to this case. Anyway, the 7" LCD touchscreen takes up most of the central area of the bezel. Below the screen is where you install your optical drive. To the left of the screen is the IR sensor for the included remote as well as a power button. The right side of the case has 10 media buttons as well as a volume adjustment dial.

Fold-down doors on either side of the bezel hide the front panel I/O connectors. The left door reveals (from left to right) mic, headphones, FireWire and USB 2.0. On the opposite side, we have an 8-in-1 USB card reader.

More just ahead...

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