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Moneual Lab MonCaso 972 HTPC Case

Makaveli    -   July 20, 2008
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Conclusion:

This Moneual Lab MonCaso 972 HTPC case is definitely a must have for anyone willing to pay a premium price for the premium features of this HTPC enclosure. This case combines sleek looks with an amazing 7" LCD touch screen panel on the front of the case, that definitely sets this case above any other HTPC case I've ever owned. The LCD screen was bright, very colorful, and could support up to a 1024 x 768 resolution! I was impressed by the Windows Vista capable remote control, because it's basically a universal remote for your HTPC setup. The fact that this case can fit a standard ATX motherboard is really good, because it allows the user more options when they're deciding on which motherboard to purchase. The aluminum build of this case is solid, but it feels a bit heavy - especially with hardware in it. Speaking of hardware, installing everything into the case wasn't very easy, because it isn't tool-less. The biggest problem I have with this case is the lack of space between the end of your optical drive and the standard ATX motherboard. There was about a whole inch of space for me to fit my SATA power dongle into my DVD burner. I ended up having the dongle plug into the drive and push on the motherboard, so I wasn't very pleased with that. I defintely used the space underneath the hard drive cages to hide some of the loose cables running through the case, so this case is a good one if you're looking for places to hide cables. Overall, I was extremely impressed with how this case looks, how useful and neat the 7" LCD touch screen is, the abundance of accessories included, and the airflow of this case. If you're in the market for a high end HTPC case to eliminate all the extra hardware in your current home theater setup, look no further! The Moneual Lab MonCaso 972 is hands down the greatest HTPC case I've ever tested, but along with it, is also the greatest price tag I've had on any of my previous HTPC cases.

 

Pros:

  • 7" inch LCD touch screen
  • Useful remote control included
  • Solid aluminum build
  • Great looks
  • Good airflow
  • Supports standard ATX motherboards

 

Cons:

  • Price (Could be a bit pricey for some users)
  • Not a lot of interior space
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Closer Look (Accessories)
  5. Configuration
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing
  8. Conclusion
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