Introduction to the SilverStone ML03 Entry-Level HTPC Case
We have a beautiful new HTPC case to show you today, one that may appeal to the masses for a couple of different reasons. For starters, there is the fact that it is very cost effective. Coming in just shy of $60 it is definitely in the price range for many of us. Secondly, it utilizes a minimalistic styling that would easily fit in with the rest of home theater components in your cabinet. There really isn’t anything flashy or over-the-top about this new case. Just plain Jane, yet still full of functionality.
As you are no doubt wondering, the case in question is the SilverStone ML03 entry-level HTPC enclosure, or Milo as they have nicknamed it. Designed to give people who are perhaps not really into media center cases, or folks who have always wanted to but lacked in funds, a first step in the building of a nice HTPC. On the ML03, SilverStone ditched all the fancy and unique styling we know them for, instead keeping it simple with the use of a smooth plastic front panel, sticking with aluminum for the outer shell, and a SECC steel chassis frame.
SilverStone's take on the ML03
Continuing where the popular Grandia GD05 left off, the Milo ML03 HTPC case again combines the full size features of Grandia series with small form factor dimensions. The slimmer Milo ML03 has a profile of 105mm height and 340mm depth, making it extremely easy to integrate into any living room furniture. Incredibly, this case can accommodate up to three 3.5” hard drives or five 2.5” HDD/SSD through its smartly designed drive cages that can mount either size without any use of adapters. For cooling, the ML03 can be fitted with up to four 80mm fans so users can choose to build a quiet system with low power components or a powerful HTPC with 140W CPU if needed. There are also numerous small touches including pre-cut hole for VGA (D-SUB) connector, Kensington lock support, and an additional full size expansion slot for installing extra motherboard I/O, fan controller, or accessories products such as CLEARCMOS. For those looking to build an HTPC with good expansion and cooling capability but has limited room and budget, the SilverStone Milo ML03 is the one to get.