GlacialTech Altair A381 Home Theater Case Review


Sweet and low

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)
Type Altair A381 Standard
Altair A381 VFD (Support Vista )
Altair A381 iMON (Support iMON software)
Altair A381 LCD ( 4.3” touch LCD support iMON software)
Form Factor Micro-ATX/ATX/E-ATX
5.25” Drive Bays 1 Exposed
3.5” Drive Bays 2 Hidden
Expansion slots 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


IR receiver included, it could be easy to learn your home media remote control, like DVD player, TV, MP3 player… 270W quiet Flex-Power supply EMI clip of top cover for grounding.
2 blue LED case fans to low down internal chassis temperature with good airflow design. IR receiver, card reader, USB port, SPK, MIC, and power switch board inside. High quality sponge rubber to protect HDD shock.
Volume control and power switch all in one. Aluminum DVD plate High quality Aluminum Media access door.

Parts List

Item Parts Name Q’ty
1 Casing 1
2 Top cover 1
3 Front panel 1
4 I/O cover 1
5 CD-ROM holder 1
6 HDD holder 1
Item Parts Name Q’ty
7 Case fan 2
8 Power supply 1
9 DVD plate 1
10 Media hot keys > 6
11 Vfd or iMON or LCD 1