Antec Minuet 300 Micro HTPC Case Review

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Introduction

Whether it be for home theater, LAN parties, or simple space economics, a small PC case can fit your needs. Even though components are hotter than ever, today’s small form factor PC cases provide enough features to keep your components cool.

Antec’s Lifestyle series of cases aims to efficiently cool your computer components while being blissfully quiet and look good. Antec feels confident that these cases are quiet enough for the living room, bedroom, or any place where you should hear anything but the computer. The Minuet 300 has the smallest footprint in the Lifestyle series, and can fit into the tightest spaces. It is designed to accommodate a wide range of full-performance micro ATX components.

Features:
  • SmartPower 220Watt ATX12V power supply
  • Front mounted USB & IEEE 1394 (FireWire, i.Link) ports
  • Front Audio ports
  • 3 Drive Bays in easy to install Flip-UP Drive Cage: – 1 x 5.25″ external drive bay – 1 x 3.5″ external drive bay – 1 x 3.5″ internal drive bay
  • Cooling: Up to 1 40mm Fan – 1 rear (optional)
  • Motherboards up to MicroATX
  • Accepts half height expansion cards

Specs:


  • Model: LS938
  • Net Weight: 12.6 lbs. / 5.7 kg
  • Gross Weight: 14.2 lbs. / 6.4 kg
  • Dimensions: 3.8” (H) x 12.75” (W) x 16.8” (D)
Box Contents:
  • Minuet Piano Black Slimline PC case
  • 220 Watt ATX12V power supply (installed)
  • 2 Vertical placement stands
  • Power cord
  • Set of Screws and standoffs
  • Manual

External views
The case comes with a few extra parts, such as screws, rubber feet, a power cord, and manual. The rubber feet should be inserted before doing anything else, as it protects the underside from scratches and does a good job of holding the unit in place.

Vents have been punched in the top of the case, to allow heat to naturally escape through convection.

The main body of the Antec Minuet has a glossy, piano black finish. The front panel plastic, and is adorned with chrome accents and also features front audio jacks, two USB ports and one FireWire port. There is no flip panel or retractable cover, and thus the ports are directly exposed.

A single plastic power button and two LEDs are fitted on the right side of the front panel. The LEDs are intended to indicate system power and hard drive activity, and are green and red, respectively. There is no reset button on the case, but more and more manufacturers are omitting this feature from their cases.

Most of the weight is distributed to the right side of the case (where the power supply is). Because of this, if you intend on standing the Minuet upright, the power button should be at the bottom, and DVD drive should be positioned on top… just make sure your DVD drive catches the disks when mounted vertically.