Date: May 26th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Glacialtech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Like many HTPC cases, the A380 has a low profile design. Many home theater components are black in color so this case will integrate well with other electronics. Let's start out by having a closer look at the front bezel.
Glacialtech did a good job maintaining a clean look while still providing access to the most frequently used ports for a HTPC build. USB ports will undoubtedly come in handy as will front audio ports.
I was pleased to see a built in card reader. It can accommodate CF/MD, XD/SM, SD/MMC and MS cards . Personally, I like to have a card reader in every HTPC I build but I've found that not all cases can accommodate an internal one.
The power button illuminates with a ring of blue light when on. The circle below it has a red HDD led behind it.
The optical drive area is cutout to allow the use of the included faceplate. A piece of double sided tape is included to stick the faceplate to the front bezel of the optical drive.