|nMediaPC 6000B HTPC Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 08 October 2009|
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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.
+ Very good looking design, fits right in with home theater decor
- Hard drive cage installation is borderline more annoying than useful
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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