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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [06.14.05]
Manufactured by: SilverStone
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Silverstone has been in the business for just two years now, but already they've established themselves as a company known for high quality products.  We've taken a look at a lot of Silverstone products in the past and for the most part, we've been impressed.  Let's see if that tradition continues!

The case that we'll be looking at is the LC14M which is their newest case on the market. The M variant of the LC14 indicates that this case comes with a Multimedia VFD and an IR kit. As you can see from this pic, the case is clearly targetted towards the HTPC crowd.  With 14 models in their lineup (18 if you include the added-feature variants), one would expect that Silverstone know a thing or two about making an HTPC case!

From the picture, we can see that the case is about the same size as a quality reciever and the brushed black aluminum front plate would be at home in any home theatre. I was expecting a high quality product from Silverstone, but when I took this out of the box, it blew me away.

One thing I've always liked about Silverstone is that they don't cheap out on the little things like buttons. Both the power buttons and the control buttons seem below just have this solid feel to them, not unlike an audio component in a home theatre.

On the side of the case, we find what is becoming the standard for front inputs: 4 USB 2.0 ports, a firewire port, an earphone jack and a mic jack.

A quick peak at the back shows the twin 60mm exhaust fans along with space for several full sized PCI slots. As you may guess, this case supports full sized ATX motherboards. One thing that was missing from this case was thumbscrews for the back. While it is true that one is less likely to fiddle with an HTPC, it would have been nice to have them for the convenience factor.

For a complete list of retailers carrying Silverstone products, check out Silverstone's website.

Let's take a look at the guts shall we?

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