APEVIA X-Master AL/500 Reviewajmatson - September 14, 2008
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At one time everyone had to have the biggest and fastest computers that could be built, but as time goes on more and more users are wanting smaller, quieter and more power efficient computers. With more home users wanting convenience and us techy guys wanting to expand our system count, many builders are putting together HTPC computers. What is an HTPC, you ask? HTPC stand for Home Theater Personal Computer, which is a computer that is hooked up to a multi-media system and a TV. HTPC computers use the same components in a regular desktop computer but in smaller cases to fit in with multi-media systems and blend in.
HTPC cases have been around for a while now but they have are becoming more popular since components being released are using lower power and generating less heat than before. HTPC cases come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Today we are going to take a look at one HTPC case from Apevia, the X-Master AL/500, which can be used as a small desktop case, media server case, or an HTPC case.
The case arrived in the actual box it is sold in, which is very sturdy packaging. The front and back of the packaging have different pictures of the case in the standing and horizontal positions that the X-Master can operate in, along with the roles that it can be used in, such as a media server, HTPC, and more. On the sides are the different color options that are available for the case and the specs of the Apevia X-Master. Note that the specs side shows that a 500w power supply is included.
Once the packaging was opened, I was able to slide out the inside onto the table. The case came surrounded in a plastic bag covering to keep dust and scratches from damaging the case. It was also sandwiched in between two foam layers that kept it from sliding and being damaged from the package being dropped in transit. Apevia also includes the accessories needed to get you system up and running with ease. Included with the X-Master is the power cable, a POST speaker, mounting screws, drive rails for the 5.25" drives, rubber case feet, and the manual.
Now that it is out of the box, let's get a better look at the case itself.