Two new but very different HTPC cases hit the market
In anticipation of an upcoming article about HTPCs, we thought we’d touch upon a couple of announcements in the past few days dealing with new HTPC cases. The cases actually hit both ends of the spectrum when it comes to size, from excessively thin to something that looks more like a receiver.
Starting off with the smaller unit of the two, Shuttle is now shipping it’s new XS35. Nearly 6 months since it was first announced, the promised XS35 has become a reality. At only 1.5 inches thick, this new series comes in 3 different options to appeal to different budgets. The common features however, comprise of:
- built in 802.11n WiFI
- a dual-core 1.66GHz Atom D510 CPU
- 5 USB ports, and
- a 4-in-1 media card reader
The pricier 2 models come with a DVD-RW to sweeten the deal (and in all honesty, give a HTPC some pretty much required technology).
For a detailed review of the new Shuttle XS35, visit our friends over at Using Windows Home Server and read Andrews article here.
Lian Li PC-C50
While the Shuttle XS35 certainly is a nice small compact unit, the Lian Li PC-C50 resembles something about the same size as a Surround Sound receiver. Lian Li has long been known for creating some of the sleekest cases out there and they haven’t stopped here. While big, that extra space inside gives a system builder a lot of leeway in what they throw in there including:
- Supporting Micro ATX, Mini DTX, and Mini ITX mobos
- has both a modular CD-ROM cage and modular HDD cages
- 3 USB 3.0 ports
- HD Audio, and
- eSATA ports along with a SD card reader slot on the front of the chassis.
While pricing is still unannounced, the PC-C50 comes in either Silver or Black brushed aluminum.
Read more about the Lian Li PC-C50 over at Slashgear here.