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Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 08 October 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
nMediaPC 6000B HTPC Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

nMediaPC HTPC 6000B Final Thoughts

nMediaPC is a company that deals primarily in home theater related products, and it shows. Their HTPC 6000B case has both form and function. It looks good, and has many useful features inside of it. I think there is room for improvement, though. The hard drive cage is a great idea, but I think it could have been a little better executed and thought out. Simple oversights such as the Molex connectors on the fans, and obnoxious break-away PCI covers also take away from the case. However, this is one of the very few cases that I have seen that can take a full ATX motherboard, hold 6 hard drives and an Optical Drive, all while staying at the $100 price point. It is extremely good looking to boot.

HTPC 6000B Conclusion

Presentation of this case was solid. It came shipped very well, and did not have any damage that I could see at all. Their website shows a lot about this case as well, so it was easy to do research on it. The case came with a nice instruction booklet, as well as a lot of screw and cable management supplies such as zip ties and sticky cable holders.

The appearance of this case was quite satisfying to me. I think it is a very attractive case, and it has many cosmetic features that make it a great fit for PC and home theater enthusiasts alike.

The construction of this case was not phenomenal, but it did not feel flimsy. There was a few design flaws involving the optical drive button, rackety front panel, and PCI slot covers, but the case still fits within a threshold of being constructed properly.

The functionality of the case was hit and miss. There were quite a few flaws in how some of the features actually worked (such as the hard drive cage installation), but they were evenly matched by matched by other features such as removable hard drive mounts.

There are quite a few HTPC style cases out there you can choose from, but from a value aspect, I think the 6000B from nMedia is a good purchase. Many HTPC cases can cost close to $300, but this one is listed on Newegg.com for $100. It has many features found on some of the more expensive ones, and even a few that you can't find.

To sum up, I think it is a good case, and if the few annoyances are something that can be overlooked, it is worth checking out.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award for Quality Recognition

+ Very good looking design, fits right in with home theater decor
+ Holds up to ATX size motherboards and full height PCI cards
+ Can hold up to 6 hard drives and one optical drive
+ Excellent front panel with a lot of inputs and card readers
+ Up to 4 internal cooling fans for ample air flow
+ Sturdy construction
+ Affordable price
+ Option to have a LCD readout panel

Cons:

- Hard drive cage installation is borderline more annoying than useful
- Many different space issue design flaws
- Included fans only have Molex power connectors
- PCI slots have annoying securing method and break-away covers
- CPU can easily become "boxed in"
- Hard drive installation can be frustrating if the drives are not installed in the proper order
- LCD Panel is a separate purchase

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 8.50
  • Functionality: 7.50
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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