Subject: Systems | June 29, 2011 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Veris Multimedia Station Premier, htpc, antec
Antec has released a product which can help turn a PC in to an HTPC. It sits in the same place a fan controller would, taking over two 5.25" bays and looking a bit like a high end car stereo. The Veris Multimedia Station Premier comes with a remote as well as the main unit which allows you control over the machine while you are sitting on the couch, including being able to turn the machine off. After eTechnix downloaded the latest version of the software they delved into the many features and settings that are available which they found a little overwhelming initially. Check out their full review here.
"Antec Inc was founded 25 years ago. They aimed their high-performance computer components and accessories products at the gaming, PC upgrade and DIY markets. Over the last 25 years Antec has built up a very good reputation and are now best known for their PC cases and power supplies. As they have moved into the HTPC case market it makes sense to expand on that segment to release other products which might give them an advantage in the market over their competitors.
They now produce a range of media component products from hard drive enclosures to multimedia stations. Today we take a look at the Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier which is designed to be a complete solution for home theatre PC builders or those users looking to enhance the media experience of their PC.
The Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier fits into two 5.25" drive bays and provides access to your PC using the supplied remote control as well as providing information on its inbuilt LCD display."
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- Zotac Z-Box Mini PC BluRay 250GB HTPC @ XSReview
- PCTV Nanotech T2 Review @ XSReviews
- How to Connect a New Receiver to a TV without HDMI Guide @ MissingRemote
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 3, 2011 - 12:15 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: performance series, p280, computex, antec
Upstairs at the Antec booth at Computex 2011, a new case sat awaiting our eyes and cameras called the Performance Series P280. A successor to the long-adored P180 case, the P280 will offer a host of tweaks and new features while maintaining a price point of about $130 on the street.
The fit and finish of the P280 should look familiar to anyone that has laid eyes on the P180. This time Antec has added two internal USB 3.0 ports in addition to a pair of USB 2.0 ports on the front panel.
The door on this case has the same over-swing as the P180 to completely fold away on the side if needed. There are three 5.25-in bays and a dual fan removable filter.
On the top of the case are pair of fans that use the newer rubber grommet style connection to lessen any kind of noise or rattle from them.
Both doors (and the top) of the P280 are lined with a very heavy compressed plastic that is used as a sound dampening device. Antec claims this is more effective than the foam insulation siding that many case vendors are currently using or that Antec uses on the P180.
Hit the "Read More" link for more photos and details on Antec's P280!!
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 11:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: solo, PSU, high current gamer, computex, antec
While at Computex 2011 we stopped by the Antec booth to see what the company had on display for new gear going into the second half of 2011. While we of course saw Antec's line up of existing cases and power supplies, and of course the SoundScience audio options, there were a couple of new items on the floor as well.
First up was a visit with Joerg Theissen, formerly of Enermax, and a showing of the upcoming Antec High Current Gamer Plus series of power supplies. Available in a 550 watt, 650 watt and 750 watt version, the updated "Plus" series innovates by building in very high amperages in each of the various 12V rails; up to 40 amps on each! This allows the power supply to supply power to current and future graphics cards even with the smaller 550 watt PSU capacity.
The Plus series is also going with a modular system that gives the user a very flexible expansion capability. While the red and black outlets for cables fit with what most users will use, you can in fact install up to 10 HDD cables on the power supply should you need it. Antec's goal with the new High Current Gamer Plus is to make a unit that addresses both the high end performance segment customers are used to as well as lowering the price to a point where it can address a large majority of the DIY market overall.
The second new item was the Solo II chassis, a low cost design that actually includes some impressive features. Built on a combination of steel and aluminum, the Solo II is one of the first designs we have seen with built in support for the Slim ODD form factor, right out of the gate.
Inside the case you will see only a few HDD cages though for a small case it does offer support for even the largest graphics cards in this way. You will also see a cutout on the motherboard tray for rear access to the CPU the brackets as well as some other openings for improved cable management.
The front of the case opens up to reveal a pair of filtered intake fans and behind them the hard drive bays. The Solo II offers both your standard screw-less tray design as well as elastic suspension based HDD mounting options, similar to those seen in the LanBoy Air.
Even though this is going to be a low cost case (estimate $99-129), Antec has included some noise reduction material that is a form of highly compressed plastic that they claim works nearly as well as the foam substance used on the Antec P180. It is installed on both doors as well as the top of the Solo II.
Overall I have to say that the Solo II looks like a great chassis for users that don't need a gluttony of space and also have to work on a budget.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2011 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, antec, soundscience rockus
Antec's Soundscience Rockus 3D are a set of 2.1 speakers, a pair of small satellite speakers in a shape reminiscent of a hand held loud speaker and a subwoofer measuring 14" x 8" x 11". On the back are analog and digital inputs, TOSLINK as opposed to SPDIF which makes sense on a 2.1 speaker system, as well as a switch to toggle between three bass modes. As for the 3D button, which supposedly uses digital signal processing to enhance your listening experience; The Tech Report were not quite sure how.
"Much like Corsair, Antec has delved into the audio world with its first set of PC speakers. How did it fare?"
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