Thermaltake DH104 HTPC Case

First Look at the DH104

A case with a lcd screen built into it? That is something we have seen in the modding world but not something manufactured for the market. Thermaltake has found a solution to this problem and manufactured a case with a small LCD screen in the front of the HTPC case. This seems to be a nice solution for HTPC setups where you might end up needing a small display to do changes to the computer without having to turn the TV on. Lets have a closer look at this new case from Thermaltake which is named DH104.

About Thermaltake:
” Ideas originate from humanity, realizing ideas is our belief. ”

Kenny Lin, Thermaltake CEO.

Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd.
started its core business based on our extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for “overclockers” orPC enthusiasts. With the company’s initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions.

With company’s core business of CPU cooling still growing at a vast rate, Thermaltake made another grand entry to the PC chassis industry. To date, Thermaltake has always been considered as the pioneering company that revolutionized the PC chassis industry with Xaser series enclosures. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was outdone by Xaser series chassis’s atypical gaming red and aluminum front panel. It was also the first enclosure available to public with Hardcano unti which provided users full control over computer’s thermal management system.

In the year 2002, Thermaltake announced Purepower line of power supply unti for the ever-growing power-hungry PCs. Purepower series PSU quickly gained recognition with its extensive warranty and high-reliability guaranty.

Today, Thermaltake has grown into a world-class company with state-of-the-art testing and R&D facility based in Taiwan along with 60+ engineers and ID team covering each application segment such as Liquid Cooling, Air Cooling, PC Enclosure and Power Supply for main-stream users, high-end solutions, system integrators and industrial applications; thus achieve Thermaltake’s company motto, ” COOLall YOUR LIFE ” !

Specifications:
Model: VH4001BNS
Case Type: Home Theater Media PC
Dimensions: (H x W x D) 211 x 464 x 430 (8.31 x 18.27 x 16.93 inch)
Net Weight: 10.8 kg / 23.78lb
Color: Black
Material: Panel- Al / Body- SECC
Cooling System: Front- 120mm fan x 1, 1300rpm Rear- 120mm fan x 1, 1300rpm
Drive Bays: External 5.25” x 1 Internal – 3.5” x 5
Expansion Slots: 7
Motherboards: ATX & Micro ATX form factor
Media Kits: Built-in all new revolutionary 7” touch screen hot keys module
Front I/O: USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394 Firewire, HD-Audio

The product:

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The product comes packed in a very nice box with alot of padding inside to cover this top of the line case. On the front you can see a picture of the case and it will show you that the screen is placed on the left side of the case and on the right you have the volume controller with control buttons so you can work the computer from the front of the case.

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The to top of the case has two ventilation grills where you can mount a fan in one of them to suck out the hot air out of the case. The display is very nice looking and it also works as a touch screen in some of the software.

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On the right side of the case you will have the dvd player, volume controller, and some control buttons. On the bottom there are some easy access sound, Esata and USB ports. The DVD player has a cover to match the rest of the case. The back of the case is similar to normal cases but the PSU will actually stand on the side to save some space in the case. There is also a cable from the front screen that you will have to plug into your videocard.

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This case is a tad different form normal mainstream cases, it is a bit more safer to work with and you can really notice it with rounded corners everywhere and thumb screws. The HDD cage can be removed so you can install all drives outside the case.

The PSU slot is padded to remove vibrations from the PSU against the case. I have not seen this in any other case that I have reviewed and I find this to be a really nice addition to keeping your computer silent especially when it comes to a HTPC case.

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