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Origen X15e HTPC case

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pranks7er 2nd August 2006, 15:08 Quote
you could prob build your own for a fraction of the price...
Lord_A 2nd August 2006, 15:15 Quote
That's insanely overpriced IMO, also what good is a touch screen tft on a HTPC case which is supposed to be tucked under your TV & operated via infared remote? It's also too big but I guess that's down to personal taste. Good review though.
HandMadeAndroid 2nd August 2006, 15:52 Quote
A T.V. beneath a T.V...........wow, whatever next?
woodshop 2nd August 2006, 16:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
A T.V. beneath a T.V...........wow, whatever next?

Putting a TV under all that :D
yahooadam 2nd August 2006, 16:31 Quote
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It's hard to justify more than £200 extra for the nice touches and the screen
I kinda agree, its a funny feature, but really, i dint see how you would use it (plus you have to be near the case, plus bright screens like that are going to be annoying while viewing)

But on the flip side, touch screen LCD's are quite expensive ....
arcticstoat 2nd August 2006, 18:41 Quote
I actually have one of these cases, and while it is grossly over-priced, it's actually incredibly useful. Forget any idea of using it as a Media Center PC for recording TV, as that's not what it's really good for. Instead, I have it in my hi-fi rack as a lossless audio jukebox. The touchscreen means you can just touch your album cover and play whatever you want, and you don't need to have a mouse plugged into your hi-fi either (which would look stupid).

Of course, you could build one yourself for much less money, but unless you were expertly skilled with a Dremel (or had access to a CNC machine), you'd be hard pushed to produce something with as clean a finish. You're basically paying for someone to take out the hard work for you here; whether it's worth £465 is up to you. I don't think it is in terms of what you physically get, but I found it was worth paying for somethign that does the exact job I want.

With some quiet cooling and a Sound Blaster X-Fi, my hi-fi PC is absolutely awesome, particularly with the Electric Sheep screensaver running on the touchscreen. Any of my mates who come round always remark about how cool it is, and ask where they can get one from.

Then again, I have no interest in TV or recording with a PC, so I suppose it depends on your priorities.
TGImages 2nd August 2006, 19:38 Quote
What about the glowing blue button on the front?

I've noticed that devices with the Blue LEDs seem to be much more noticeable in a dark room than green or red LED devices. I wonder, for those who have tried this case, if that was a problem or not?
yahooadam 2nd August 2006, 20:43 Quote
usually because those blue LED's are the ultra bright variety, just because the manufacturers are too damn lazy to find something that really works with their product
M3G4 2nd August 2006, 21:06 Quote
Nice review, lovely case. Tad overpriced though, it would probably be more rewarding to build your own with a lilliput LCD.

Noticed on the review you mentioned there was no front firewire, but in the picture there was a firewire socket next to the two USB sockets?
Soncetina 2nd August 2006, 21:26 Quote
cool case, YEa its over priced but its damned pretty...

Course it is for recording off tv, its made to have a computer in it and computers can be made to do anything...

For my money id just make one, I just looked up touch screens and found an 8 inch at £189, maybe £100 of alu at absolute most and your set...

As for having no use for the screen, so what? soooo many people put ps-one screens on the front of their computers and hat are they for? just to look good mainly.

Wonder how hard it would b to fit W/C in there?
Da Dego 2nd August 2006, 21:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Soncetina

As for having no use for the screen, so what? soooo many people put ps-one screens on the front of their computers and hat are they for? just to look good mainly.
The problem comes in with what other people have been mentioning...it's bright. If you put this under your tele, you'll have a very distracting little 7" screen glowing away like it's christmas right while you're watching a dark movie. Same thing with the bright blue ring.

As stated by arcticstoat, it is useful for some things...but for an HTPC, it's not a very good choice, sadly.

By the way, cats and dogs LOVE sniffing around glowey touch-screens that smell like human fingers... :) just a note to anyone looking to put this at pet-level.
olly_lewis 3rd August 2006, 00:02 Quote
Thats a delightfully overpriced piece of kit and it is gorgeous but of course I wouldn't pay that much for any case.... even if it talked to me, which would just be creepy but thats another story...
I have a HTPC and I just got a Zalman HD 160B, it is expensive but not compared to the Origen and I wouldn't use the screen any way...
And the Zalman is a much better design IMO
trifin 3rd August 2006, 00:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by arcticstoat
I actually have one of these cases, and while it is grossly over-priced, it's actually incredibly useful. Forget any idea of using it as a Media Center PC for recording TV, as that's not what it's really good for. Instead, I have it in my hi-fi rack as a lossless audio jukebox. The touchscreen means you can just touch your album cover and play whatever you want, and you don't need to have a mouse plugged into your hi-fi either (which would look stupid).

thats a great use for one - i LOVE the look of them just haven't been able to think of a use for one :)

i am surprised you don't use a bit perfect sound card if you are really into your music ;)
Nature 3rd August 2006, 01:07 Quote
Does anyone know if SLi is supported in this case?
Brooxy 3rd August 2006, 01:29 Quote
seems a bit gimmicky to me to be honest...when you can get a remote, why would you get up to use the touchscreen?
yahooadam 3rd August 2006, 01:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nature
Does anyone know if SLi is supported in this case?
well it takes a full size ATX mothboard, so yes

cases arent what makes a computer SLI compatable, its the motherboard, if the motherboard wont fit in the case then you wont have your computer in the case .....
Reins 3rd August 2006, 03:50 Quote
I wish they would make a model of this case with out a touch screen it's a great case.
sl1xx 3rd August 2006, 04:24 Quote
There is no poin in that screen it's just novelty and i think the price is a rip off !
Stwongbad 3rd August 2006, 08:00 Quote
I guess if your cheap enough...you could always watch the movie on that little screen?...but then why bother with this expensive novelty if your cheap anyways!
antiHero 3rd August 2006, 10:22 Quote
Having a screen upfront s a nice thing. Showing play stats and HDD/Temps yada yada yada all kind of stuff. But why touchscreen? I would never stand up go over to my TV Rack use the touchscreen to change something and then sit down again.

One more thing. You guys (BT Staff) say there is no Firewire. But i can see the connector right here. Or am i stupid?
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y191/sorsiwskyj/4.jpg
WilHarris 3rd August 2006, 15:46 Quote
d'oh! What a retarded miss - corrected, thanks.
closing 3rd August 2006, 17:57 Quote
I have one of these cases so...Um just a quick question. Howcomes a case with a TFT is reviewed against a case without a TFT, surely a better case to compare to is the silverstone LC18?

I have one of these myself, its handy not having to power up my massive plasma just to play some mp3's also with the handy addons I have its a great email checker, media server etc.

Just reading through, people are comparing a case with different features to another case with diff features, surely a like for like comparison.

Want to know how hard it is to fit watercooling.. how about this ;-)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/bigayd/WCX15e006.jpg which was posted over at Specialtech

Incidentally I also had one of the Silvestone LC18 cases. Nice aluminum front but the buttons were wobbly, the rest of teh case was steel and it's has the massive gaping holes in the side. The zalman seems to be the same chassis as the X15 and again is steel on the side or back.

All said and done tho, valid points but its just narked to compare a case against something not in the same range tho

Some other points,
Its distracting having a screen under a screen.
True, thats why I have mine setup to either use plasma or the small screen, just using the remote :D

Want to see a model of the case without the touch screen, try looking here on the Specialtech website The OrigenAE X11
Maugwa 3rd August 2006, 21:29 Quote
I have the Zalman and There really are a lot of simularities between the two cases. Major diffence is the TFT and Bulgin Power Switch, plus a couple buttons. I am very pleased with my Zalman, price was still a bit high, but not as high as it is for this case. TFT might just be a bit much for this case.
WilHarris 4th August 2006, 11:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by closing
I have one of these cases so...Um just a quick question. Howcomes a case with a TFT is reviewed against a case without a TFT, surely a better case to compare to is the silverstone LC18?

I have one of these myself, its handy not having to power up my massive plasma just to play some mp3's also with the handy addons I have its a great email checker, media server etc.

Just reading through, people are comparing a case with different features to another case with diff features, surely a like for like comparison.

Want to know how hard it is to fit watercooling.. how about this ;-)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/bigayd/WCX15e006.jpg which was posted over at Specialtech

Incidentally I also had one of the Silvestone LC18 cases. Nice aluminum front but the buttons were wobbly, the rest of teh case was steel and it's has the massive gaping holes in the side. The zalman seems to be the same chassis as the X15 and again is steel on the side or back.

All said and done tho, valid points but its just narked to compare a case against something not in the same range tho

Some other points,
Its distracting having a screen under a screen.
True, thats why I have mine setup to either use plasma or the small screen, just using the remote :D

Want to see a model of the case without the touch screen, try looking here on the Specialtech website The OrigenAE X11

Hi Mark @ SpecialTech,

Thanks for supplying the case for review. I can understand your points, but I disagree that the only way to validly test a HTPC case with LCD is against another HTPC case with LCD, especially not when the question of whether or not an LCD is useful is a valid question in itself. At the end of the day, bit's readers want to know the best HTPC case to buy and that's what we're trying to get at :)

Thanks for the pic of the case with watercooling, very interesting :)
Fly 4th August 2006, 12:54 Quote
Why can't manufacturer use their own designs nowadays? It's obvious that both Zalman and Origen have used the same base model. I guess originality is dead in the water.
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