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Written by Mathew Williams   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Silverstone LC10B-E HTPC Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

SilverStone LC10-E Final Thoughts

HTPC cases, as well as HTPCs themselves, can be customized to fulfill various roles. As I mentioned in the intro, there are some situations in which a small, book-size Atom ITX system might do. On the opposite end of the spectrum are massive 24 bay server systems for those with extreme storage needs. The SilverStone LC10B-E that we reviewed today falls somewhere in between. It's not as small as some of the micro ATX HTPC cases out there, but it holds much more hardware and supports full ATX components.

The bottom line is that with all of these products on the market, consumers really need to identify their needs before making a purchase. The SilverStone LC10B-E is a great fit for those that have large storage needs or want to run high-end video cards. It's also a good buy if you prefer the freedom of having a variety of hardware options, such as full ATX motherboards and power supplies. If size is your primary concern, though, you may want to looks into SilverStone's slim HTPC chassis line. The LC10B-E isn't oversized by any means, but there are smaller options out there for those that need it.

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SilverStone SST-LC10B-E HTPC Case Conclusion

SilverStone represent their products very well and the SST-LC10B-E HTPC case is no exception. It arrived in a solid, well-design box with plenty of shelf appeal. SilverStone also maintains an excellent website providing product information, photos, and support. My only complaint is that the naming schemes can sometimes get confusing.

Outside the box, the LC10B-E looks even better. The brushed aluminum front panel gives the case a sleek, minimalist appeal that should blend in well with other home theater components. The "stealth" optical drive feature is also a nice touch and ensures a consistent, professional appearance.

That all metal construction also helps out considerably in the overall quality of the case. The LC10B-E not only feels solid, but truly is well constructed. I noticed no flexing, warping, or loose parts during my review and they even went so far as to include fan grills on the interior side of the fans.

The interior of the LC10B-E is also host to a number of useful features. My personal favorites are the removable drive cages and support for full ATX hardware components. This makes it possible to create a high-end gaming machine or massive storage server, all within the same case.

Overall, I'm extremely impressed with SilverStone's LC10B-E HTPC case. At $113.99 from NewEgg (after rebate) with free shipping, it occupies somewhat of a sweet spot among HTPC cases. It's not perfect, but compared to the competition in this price segment, it's a great buy.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Visually appealing
+ High quality, all metal construction
+ Room for five case fans (2 included)
+ Room for seven 3.5" drives
+ Supports full ATX components
+ Customizable interior

Cons:

- No eSATA port
- No card reader

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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