OrigenAE X15e HTPC ATX Case

Cooling & Accessories

Cooling & Accessories

Cooling, especially in HTPC cases is a double-edged sword. On one hand you need the best cooling possible to prevent any failures due to overheating components, yet on the other hand you don't want a HTPC in your living room that sounds like a vacuum cleaner!

X15e Cooling X15e Cooling

The main cooling capabilities of the X15e come from the two 80mm JAA Technology "Nano Ceramic" fans installed at the back of the case. These fans are very similar in specification to those installed on the X10 case, but rather than having 3-pin motherboard connectors, have 4-pin molex connectors. This is rather a puzzling change made by OrigenAE, as 3-pin fans have the advantage of being speed controlled by most motherboards.

Unfortunately I was unable to find the exact specifications of these fans, but I must say that they operate very quietly.

X15e Cooling X15e Case

Taking a look underneath the X15e we can see two large ventilated areas. The vents on the left side of the case are responsible for cooling the hard disk cage, which is also actively cooled by an 80mm JAA Technology fan. The vents located on the right side of the case are responsible for providing fresh air to the power supply, which is installed nearby.

X15e Accessories X15e Accessories

Moving on to the accessories included with the X15e, we can see that it comes with two remote controls. The smaller of the two remotes is bundled as part of the LCD screen and is capable of performing all of the functions present on the LCD display. Also included is a small plastic pen for use on the touchscreen so that you don't get any mucky fingerprints on it.

The larger remote is exactly the same model included with the X10, and is capable of controlling all aspects of TV/DVD functionality on your HTPC. You will however need to download the drivers from OrigenAE's website, as no driver disk is included.

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X15e Accessories X15e Accessories

OrigenAE have included the necessary cables to get the LCD display up and running. The installation is very simple, only requiring the VGA cable above to be connected between the VGA output on your graphics card, and the VGA input bracket at the back of the case.

To prevent your beige DVD drive from sticking out like a sore thumb OrigenAE have included a brushed aluminium DVD face plate which can be affixed to the front of your drive using the provided sticky pad.

As you'd expect, a large bag of screws along with some cable tidies has also been provided.
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Most Recent Comments

07-07-2006, 07:20:01

JN
Looking for the best HTPC case that money can buy and arn't put off by a 500 price tag? OrigenAE may well have just what you've been searching for.

Review Here

07-07-2006, 07:23:51

specialtech
Cases and additonal details are available from us at Specialtech

I've got one of these so if you need to know anything additional then let us know.

07-07-2006, 07:38:34

Raven
looked nice but what a pricetag.

07-07-2006, 07:41:41

specialtech
Thats what makes it unique. If a porsche was the same price as a fiesta, for example, then it would get the same reputation.

07-07-2006, 07:45:56

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='specialtech'
Thats what makes it unique. If a porsche was the same price as a fiesta, for example, then it would get the same reputation.
I don't think so.

But yeah the case is very nice

If you had a helluva lot of money you'd buy it but not otherwise I don't think

07-07-2006, 08:01:07

JN
I think we'll just put it down to the fact that Porsche's cost a lot more to build and are made in smaller quantities which is why they are more expensive.

As the saying goes: "You get what you pay for".

07-07-2006, 11:21:10

specialtech
Porsche's cost more to build because the quality of them is much more superior than a lot of cars out there.

With a case like this its one of those things to put the cost aside. If someone really wants it then cost is irrelevant to them. Like people who buy expensive cars that cost about 100k, the arent going to worry about the price of petrol.

07-07-2006, 11:24:28

masterblaster
horses for courses.

seeing as I've spent a small fortune on my TV and Surround sound system, I guess I'd stump up the cash as it'd fit in nicely with the rest of my stuff.

Not for everyone I guess but then again is anything?

07-07-2006, 17:19:00

Raven
500 is more than i have to live on a month so its way out of my priceclass, sometimes i wish i could work as it looked quite good.

07-07-2006, 20:18:04

Raging
500 for a case! please!!!! that is a ridiculous price even if it has a lcd

i can think of more greater ways to spend 500 billz

nice reveiw tho jim,as always

07-07-2006, 20:26:23

FragTek
That is a truely amazing piece of kit! Sheesh, I wanna buy a TV and build up an HTPC to go along with it. Dizzamn, very nice. Wonder if it's a bit less expensive here in the states or if we can even get em.

08-07-2006, 02:10:03

NickS
Quote:
Originally Posted by XMS
I think we'll just put it down to the fact that Porsche's cost a lot more to build and are made in smaller quantities which is why they are more expensive.

As the saying goes: "You get what you pay for".
Not for everything, XMS .

Great review though, m8
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