We review so many Home Theater PC cases that sometimes they all start to look alike. Many of them try to mimic the look of either a home theater amplifier or DVD player. Due to size constraints, many manufacturers opt for the amplifier, which allows the consumer to use standard-size PC components. Some of the smaller designs look much more appliance-like, simply because at first glance it appears there’s no way to fit PC components into the chassis.
If you’re a fan of the low-profile HTPC cases, then you may be intereteste in the GlacialTech Altair A381 HTPC chassis, which has a lot of features found in premium home theater appliances, but without a lot of wasted space. The Altair is outfitted with an aluminum front panel, front panel buttons, VFD display, and a good airflow design.
|Color||Black and Silver|
|Dimension||W 430 X H 100 X D 405 (mm)|
Altair A381 Standard
Altair A381 VFD (Support Vista )
Altair A381 iMON (Support iMON software)
Altair A381 LCD ( 4.3” touch LCD support iMON software)
|5.25” Drive Bays||1 Exposed|
|3.5” Drive Bays||2 Hidden|
4 low profiles
2 standard PCI with riser card
|Cooling system||Dual 6 cm blue LED fan, 1500 rpm, 19dBA|
|I/O panel||USB 2.0 X 2, MIC X 1, Audio X 1, Card reader X 1, IR X 1|
|Material||6063 Aluminum, SECC, Plastic|
|Option||Bluetooth & Wireless board, Bluetooth & Wireless Antenna|