Friday, April 13, 2012

The HT100 has arrived

Here are some quick pictures I took of the HT100. It just came in yesterday. It comes with a 120W DC / 84W AC power supply, has a window for an LCD/VFD, a half-height expansion slot and is made from brushed aluminum. It is nearly identical to the Origenae m10 but much less expensive.

There's room for two 60mm fans, a side mount for a 2.5" HDD/SDD and under the ODD tray there's a mount for a 3.5" or 2.5" HDD/SDD. If using a board with the HSF, there does not appear to be room for a 3.5" HDD but a 2.5" HDD or SDD will fit with a low-profile HSF. In the LCD/VFD window, there's room for an LCD/VFD module and a small round window for an IR receiver. There a screw holes to mount an LCD/VFD module but it's not clear what off-the-shelf module would fit. I am going to try the nMediaPC OEM LCD which is readily available.

First impressions are that it's a beautiful case. I can see why everyone raves about the m10. There's enough room in here to build a substantial HTPC while at the same time the footprint of the case is very small. It always surprises me how small these cases are when you see them in person.

Here are some pictures with a ASUS P8H61-I, G620 and 64GB SSD installed. The HT100 has a purpose-built side mount for a 2.5" HDD or SSD giving an extra space for a drive without creative use of velcro.

With the half-height slot available, a video card like this PowerColor HD5450 fits perfectly into the HT100.




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