Antec Micro Fusion 350 ReviewRHKCommander959 - October 22, 2008
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Ever think of creating your very own home theater? Perhaps your current media mediums are too bland or basic for your desires? Well with your own home theater PC you can play movies, music, and watch or record television! Thus this device would save space – where you would otherwise have to have a stereo for music, a DVD or Blu-ray player for movies, and a DVR to record television. You can also surf the Internet, play games, and do other tasks that you would otherwise reserve for a regular computer. The Antec Micro Fusion 350 is a Home Theater PC case that supports micro-ATX motherboards, and comes bundled with a remote control and high efficiency power supply. Now users have the ability to build their own custom media center. I will be running this case through some arduous testing to see what it is capable of!
Upon receipt of the case, I was rather worried – the shipping box was fairly dinged up on the edges. Once the shipping box was opened and the case box revealed, it too was damaged slightly, since the only packing material were ‘Fill-Air’ packets (plastic bags of air). However the case inside was unharmed, thanks to foam blocks that kept it spaced away from the edges and corners. I also found a smooth protective cover protecting the case from dust, dirt, and scratches.
At first glance at the actual case box, I was surprised by how large it was - since it's supposed to be in a home theater. However, like I said, the blocks took up quite a bit of space. The front cover depicts the case at a slight angle, with a picture of the remote. The design is elegant, but not too loud and busy like some covers I have seen. It also states that it is 80-Plus certified, and also states “Quiet computing” in the corner. Both sides of the case are different, but both basically list a few facts about the contents (80-Plus 350w power supply, 3x80mm TriCool fans, IR receiver) and what the Micro Fusion 350 is targeting (home theater computing). The sides also have the same information in French and Spanish. The backside explains in greater detail what the 80-Plus Certification means, and displays a three-year warranty sticker, RoHS Compliance sticker, and recyclable sticker. It lists the same information that the sides contained – elaborated more in French and Spanish as well.
Let's get this case out and take a look!