Antec HTPC case and easy Media Center upgrade kits

Aug 7, 2008
Antec HTPC case and easy Media Center upgrade kits

Case manufacturer Antec has taken the wraps off of its latest HTPC case, together with a new range of "Multimedia Station" add-ons to make existing computers more home-entertainment friendly.  The Micro Fusion Remote 350 is compact 4.5 x 15.1 x 16.1-inches and includes an aluminium front panel with IR receiver, remote control and LCD display.  Inside, Antec have separated the motherboard from the included 350W power supply in a dual-chamber design it claims reduces noise, as well as provided silicone grommets for quiet-mounting hardware.

The new Multimedia Station range, meanwhile, consists of 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch bays that offer the choice of IR control, sub-displays and other controls to existing PCs.  Four versions make up the range, from the Basic (an IR receiver and remote combo, for a 3.5-inch bay), through the Elite (a 5.25-inch VFD display, IR receiver and volume dial) and the Premier (a double 5.25-inch VFD display with multiple controls, IR receiver and deluxe remote), as well as the E-Z which is basically a USB IR receiver that plugs into a laptop.

All the Multimedia Station units, together with the new HTPC case, come with Antec's iMEDIAN HD media station software, that can support 1080p high-definition and is compatible with XP and Vista Media Center functionality.  The Micro Fusion Remote 350 is priced at $239.95, while the Multimedia Station range is priced at $39.95, $99.95, $119.95 and $29.95 for the Basic, Elite, Premium and E-Z respectively. 

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