Date: March 19th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
In order to accept full-sized components, the HD160XT is a fairly large enclosure with roughly the same dimensions of most mid-tower chassis' on the market. (18.1”L X 17.1W X 6.3”H) Its horizontal orientation makes it look somewhat smaller, but it's a large case, nonetheless. At a shade over 15 pounds, the XT is no lightweight, either. Four strategically located cooling fans are included as is a flash memory reader. The most distinctive feature of the XT is its included 7-inch LCD display. We'll examine this feature in more detail later, but its ratio and resolution spec, combined with Zalman's “Zero Pixel Defect” guarantee promise excellent performance and appearance.
The software and remote are designed with Windows Media Center Edition in mind, but can be configured to work well with earlier Windows operating systems. Some of the software claimed compatibility with 98SE, but trying to get everything to play nice in that environment may be more of a chore than most users will want to endure. Vista wasn't mentioned anywhere in the documentation, so I won't comment on it. Windows 2000 and up operating systems should provide the least impediments to a stable and enjoyable HTPC build with this chassis and software.
Inside the heavy cardboard carton, we find the XT wrapped in a plastic bag and sandwiched between dense foam blocks to protect it during shipping. The small, white cardboard box contains…
…all the accessories and manuals. The HD160XT has a lot of unusual features and Zalman has done an excellent job with the user's guides and software, as we'll see a little later. Batteries are included with the MCE-compatible remote control, and the convenient wiring schematic can be placed inside the top panel via its adhesive backing. The stealth ODD cover has adhesive backing as well, and Zalman has included the customary hardware along with a specialized USB cable and a clip to facilitate wire management inside the case.