SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Reviewed

October 18, 2009

We recently had the opportunity to take a detailed look at two Mini-ITX chassis from Lutec, a Taiwanese company which has specialized in ergonomic and space saving products for the Asian market. They are extending their SEED line to western audiences and asked us for our honest and unbiased impressions. With the review that follows, I will do my best to provide you with just such an assessment.

SEED MA-280 (vertically oriented)

We tackled the SEED MA-280 this time around. This impressively small unit has a MSRP in the neighborhood of $70/USD, which is mid-priced for a Mini-ITX nettop chassis. The focus of its design is in light desktop or multimedia use, which is apparent in its form and function.

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SEED MU-380 Mini-ITX Reviewed

October 14, 2009

We recently had the opportunity to take a detailed look at two Mini-ITX chassis from Lutec, a Taiwanese company which has specialized in ergonomic and space saving products for the Asian market. They are extending their SEED line to western audiences and asked us for our honest and unbiased impressions. With the review that follows, I will do my best to provide you with just such an assessment.

SEED MU-380 (Pictured with LITE-ON Slot Load Slim CD/DVD)

First up is the SEED MU-380. With a MSRP of around $70/USD, it is a mid-priced Mini-ITX nettop chassis aimed at light desktop or multimedia use. It comes in two varieties, the always classy black and a stylish black/silver two-tone. We received the black model, although we expect little in the way of functional differences.

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CHIEFTEC Gets Confused

November 12, 2008

CHEIFTEC decided it would be a good idea to attach a monitor to your case. That pretty much sums up all that is going on here. On a side note, i think we have those, and they are called laptops. Seriously though, i really have no idea what they were thinking here, not only is it very aesthetically unpleasing, it just doesn’t make any sense.

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ASUS VENTO TA-F Foldable PC Case

November 3, 2008

OK, so we have a foldable case here but who does it really benefit, consumers or manufacturers? seems the latter to me! “This also allows DIY enthusiasts to carry the chassis back home or to the office without having to contend with the conventional bulk of a normal chassis.” really? Is it worth all the hassle of taking everything apart and putting it back together, surely not! opinions?

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Silverstone’s Spin on Case Design

October 28, 2008

Or should i say rotation, the main feature behind Silverstone’s new case is that they have rotated the orientation of the motherboard so that the I/O panel, etc, face upwards. Their reasoning behind the shift, is to push air up and out of the case, instead of through the back. It seems very logical, hot air rises, so make all those heat spewing graphics cards expel heat in an efficient manner.

Obviously there are some criticisms, why change what already works? Well now you have all of your cables coming out of the top of the case, etc. However, there are just as many pros, aside from the aforementioned benefits, heavy graphics cards will have their weight better distributed along a vertical PCIe slot, rather than horizontal, for example.

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Reactor The First Liquid Submersed System

October 28, 2008

Hardcore Computer Inc has created the worlds first production, fully liquid submersed system, called . Yeah, its obviously not the first time this has been done, its just the first time some one has marketed it. I dunno, i guess its pretty cool, and it doesn’t really say in the article, but it looks to me like the various components are hooked up to water cooling system, only submersed?

They obviously have it all thought out, but if i were to go about making a submersed system, i would just get some large passive heatsinks and call it good right?

Total Liquid Submersion allows sustainable over achievement. No instability, no overheating, no drama. We designed the entire Reactor system to attain and preserve maximum performance.

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Nintendo Wii to PC Mod

September 4, 2008

Its was a matter of time really, a pc fitted into the Nintendo Wii casing, with a decent spec pc; Windows XP SP3, Celeron 1.3GHz, Intel 852 chipset, 512MB of RAM, 40GB hard drive, wireless access, digital video output and three USB ports.

nintendo wii case with pc components inside

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Lian Li Modular Cube Case Review

June 12, 2006

if you’re looking for a high quality modular computer case then look no further because I think I might have just found it! Introducing the Lian Li Server Cube! Having owned the Lian Li V1000B since last year, I was quite bored with it, so I started looking for a case which would be eye catching and perform well with air cooling while maintaining a quite working environment.

Now the last case to really catch my eye was the Cooler Master 110 but that was quite some time ago now. During my search I was looking for a cube case, so I was surprised to find a cube made by Lian Li since I wasn’t aware of any made my Lian Li at the time. (I do believe they have a mini cube coming out soon)

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