SilverStone Lascala 10M: An Exclusive Look at SilverStone's Newest Creationby Purav Sanghani on November 13, 2004 8:26 AM EST
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|SilverStone Lascala 10M||The Good|
|+ Integrated Vacuum Fluorescent Display and IrDA transceiver with media center remote control
+ Front Panel USB
+ Side Panel Audio, FireWire
|- Loud fans
- Bulky in size
The HTPC craze has begun and consumers are out looking to buy PCs not only to do their usual word processing and internet surfing, but to do it in their living rooms on their TVs while having the option of playing a video or watching TV from that single box!
It all started with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition and their certified PCs that were built by those big name companies and hardware that was certified by Microsoft. Things have changed since then and the list has grown to include various other hardware manufacturers. Now, with the release of Windows Media Center Edition to "mom and pop" shops, the potential for enthusiasts to build their own media center PCs has grown and they have much more flexibility when it comes to selecting the hardware that they want in their home theater PC systems.
Not only do enthusiasts want the best hardware in their HTPCs, they want to mount their custom hardware combination in the best looking and functioning case possible, and this is where the case manufacturer comes in. There are many names in the case industry that have entered the HTPC market to flex their muscles in this arena.
Recently, we received word that SilverStone Technology, which is one of the more popular designers and manufacturers of mid-tower cases as well as accessories such as power supplies and cooling equipment, has plans to release a new product in their Lascala line of HTPC cases, the Lascala 10 or LC10. We wanted to take a look at the new design before it was released to the world, to see what features it would bring and also to help us better understand what to look for in HTPC cases. We first looked at Ahanix's D.Vine 4 HTPC chassis last month and thought it would be a great opportunity to compare each manufacturer's take on the genre.
So without further delay, the SilverStone Lascala 10!
More information is available on the Lascala 10 at SilverStone's website.