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Zalman HD160XT HTPC Enclosure Review

Manufacturer: Zalman
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Features and Specifications

Zalman's new HD160XT is a premium HTPC enclosure that incorporates a high-quality 7' LCD with touch-screen capabilities. The HD160XT is similar in many ways to the Zalman HD160 case we reviewed last year but takes the elegant audiophile styling and HTPC features to a new, higher level.  The HD160XT is available in either silver or black and can accommodate a full size ATX mother board and power supply.  It has room for one externally accessible 5.25' drive and up to five internal HDDs to support your music and movie storage needs.  The HD160XT comes with four exhaust fans pre-installed and multiple case vent openings for excellent ventilation and cooling.  The bundled M-Play Zini software provides a wealth of functionality.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


 


    


 


In addition to the integrated 7' LCD display, the HD160XT HTPC enclosure comes equipped with a 17-in-1 card reader, and a Windows MCE compatible IR remote control.  Like the original HD160, the HD160XT is a desktop style enclosure squarely targeted towards HTPC enthusiasts.


 


HD160XT HTPC Enclosure Key Features


 


·         Zero Pixel Defect 7' TFT LCD Touch Screen


·         All aluminum chassis for superior cooling and aesthetics


·         Direct front panel access to Windows XP MCE and LCD settings


·         Comprehensive suite of multimedia and HTPC control software


·         Windows XP MCE compatible Remote Control


·         Programmable Fan Speed Control allows quiet operation


·         Optimized ventilation for superior cooling of all major components


·         Sliding HDD and ODD cages for easy installation


 


Specifications (from the Zalman website)


 



 


The HD160XT ships double-boxed for added protection.  The outer box is plain cardboard while the inner box is colorfully printed with pictures, features and specifications.  


 



 


Inside, the HD160XT chassis is securely nestled between two foam inserts and protected inside plastic wrapping.


 



 


Two things caught my attention when I first unpacked this case.  The HD160XT is relatively large for a desktop style home theater PC enclosure.  This bodes well for easy installation and good case cooling.  And the HD160XP is gorgeous.  It has one of the nicest anodized finishes I have seen to date on any HTPC.  The HD160XT will certainly hold its own when placed in a rack with other high-end audio-video gear. 


 


In addition to the case itself, the following accessories come packed in a separate box along with the HD160XT.


 



 


·         M-Play Quick Start Guide and CD-ROM


·         IR Remote Control with batteries


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·         Package of hardware and cable anchors


·         External USB 2.0 Cable


·         Laminated Interconnect Wiring Diagram


·         HD160XT User's Manual


 


Both of the User's Manuals are clearly written and well illustrated.  Zalman obviously put a lot of effort into the documentation and the overall attention to detail in the HD160XT is very evident.  Zalman also included an interconnect wiring diagram that shows how all the various components connect together.  The laminated diagram has an adhesive back so you can apply it to the inside of the top cover for future reference.


 


 

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