Date: May 21st, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: VIZO
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Milano has a slim, space-saving design with a case constructed of aluminum. As we all know, aluminum is a popular material to use for a hard drive enclosure due to its light weight and effectiveness at dissipating heat.
It becomes evident that this is more than just an enclosure when we look at the front. A large power button is at the top with an IR receiver below it. Then below that are a series of navigation buttons that are for use when the Milano is plugged in to a TV.
A group of ventilation holes is located on both sides of unit to allow heat to escape. There are no fans or any other active cooling features, so any noise coming from the Milano will be from the hard drive inside.
At the back are all the necessary ports for hooking up the Milano. For use with a PC, there is a USB port. When it's time to use it with a TV there are outputs for s-video, AV, and YPbPr. There is also an output for optical audio, but you will have to supply your own cable if you want to take advantage of that. The power cable will also have to be plugged in at all times whether you're using it as a hard drive enclosure or a media player.
The side cover pops off to reveal a Molex and IDE cable inside. They are just the right length for attaching to a hard drive. There is also a metal bracket that secures the drive, and we'll take a closer look at that during the installation phase of the review.