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Antec Fusion Black 430 Veris Media Center microATX Desktop PC Case with 430-Watt PSU (Black)

Antec Fusion Black 430 Veris Media Center microATX Desktop PC Case with 430-Watt PSU (Black)

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Brand: Antec
Category: CE

List Price: $286.05
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Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
Sales Rank: 16572

Color: Black
Media: Electronics
Autographed: No
Memorabilia: No
Shipping Weight (lbs): 24
Dimensions (in): 16.3 x 17.5 x 5.5

MPN: FusionBlack
Model: FusionBlack
UPC: 761345157391
EAN: 0761345157391
ASIN: B000RPHJ48

Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

Features:
  • Desktop case supports Micro ATX motherboards and features an elegant black finish that fits in with home theater and stereo equipment
  • Integrated IR receiver is compatible with Windows XP MCE and Vista
  • Front bezel has an LCD display and volume control knob
  • Front-mounted connections include two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire port, and one audio in/out port
  • Measures 17.5 x 5.5 x 16.3 inches (WxHxD)

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Editorial Reviews:

Product Description
The Fusion Black 430, the newest member of Antec's VERIS family of Media Components features a clean black finish that perfectly blends with your modern home theater and stereo equipment. Build your media center with Fusion and you will find that it is so silent and unobtrusive that your friends won't realize you have a computer in your audio/video stack. The Fusion Black 430 comes with a 430 Watt power supply and features an IR receiver that is compatible with Windows MCE & VISTA and an LCD display and a volume control knob, giving you full control over all your media in just one case.

Amazon.com Product Description
The Antec Fusion 430 Veris Media Center Micro ATX Desktop PC Case features a clean black finish that perfectly blends with your modern home theater and stereo equipment. Designed for high-quality performance, the Fusion Black 430 comes with a 430-watt power supply and features an IR receiver that is compatible with Windows XP MCE and Windows Vista. Additionally, it has an LCD display and volume control knob for full control over all your media in just one case.

The Fusion 430 features a triple-chamber structure that separates the heat and noise of power supply, hard drives, and motherboards for a cooler, quieter operation. Its advanced cooling system consists of two side-mounted 120-millimeter TriCool three-speed fans. The Fusion 430 features three drive bays--one front-accessible 5.25-inch bay and two internal 3.5-inch bays. And should you decide to expand your system, the Fusion 430 has four expansion slots. This media case is designed for motherboards up to Micro ATX form factor (9.6 by 9.6 inches). It measures 5.5 by 17.5 by 16.3 inches (HxWxD), and weighs 18.7 pounds.

Other features include:

  • Black front bezel with LCD display and volume control
  • Removable HDD brackets with extra soft silicone grommets
  • Durable 0.8-millimeter cold rolled steel construction
  • Front-mounted ports provide convenient connections: two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394 (FireWire, i.Link) port, audio in/out port (HDA and AC'97)
  • Low-profile desktop height for an easy fit
What's in the Box
Fusion Black 430 desktop PC case, power supply, and IR receiver.



Customer Reviews:

1 out of 5 stars Silent, Affordable, but LOTS of problems   February 24, 2008
 2 out of 2 found this review helpful

I had great anticipation about this case. The initial reviews looked positive and the price was right. I purchased this online for $150 shipped. Installing the main board and components was easy. But after firing up the newly built system, the problems started. First, the LCD
screen dislodged and "fell" behind the front panel. I removed the panel
and realigned the LCD panel. Within a day, the problem reappeared. I finally glued it in place which appears to have resolved the problem. Next issue was a strange rebooting when I touched the front panel. A little research on the Internet revealed that static electricity easily causes a short. Even though I had the lasted model with the "integrated ground wire", I could deliberately cause shorts by just touching the front panel. After researching the problem more, I figured out that adding a heavy gauge ground wire between the front panel and power supply would fix everything. Next problem was a shorted wire which was caused by sharp edges inside the case. Some of the internal gussets are not finished and therefore very sharp - This seems ridiculous to me that Antec can't spend a few bucks quality work. Here are some more problems:

-The iMon drivers used to control the LCD screen are very buggy.

-Vista occasionally shows the LCD screen "disconnected". Not sure if this is a software bug or hardware problem.

-Even though the case is very big (much larger than my Onkyo receiver), it's too short to fit most modern video cards. I had to try four cards before I found one that fit. It looks like the case just isn't tall enough.

-There are a lot of screws that go into plastic, of which can only be used a few times. After that, you have stripped screw holes. Again, another unacceptable example of poor quality.

-The power supply makes an intermittent "buzzing" sound which appears to be related to a bad fan.

-Customer support is very poor. I called Antec several times about these problems and their RMA process is like working with the DMV. They're not very responsive and they put the burden on the customer to keep support issues progressing through their process. I was never able to replace any of the defective components and I just gave up trying.

-It has a volume knob. What is the point of this? If this case is used as a HTPC, then the receiver would control the volume. In fact, if you connect your HTPC to your receiver with HDMI and/or SPDIF, then the PC can't control the output volume. So I'm not sure what the point of this knob is.

-The USB and firewire ports look unfinished. Why didn't Antec put these behind a panel/door like most $39 DVD players? Again, very cheap quality.

-There's absolutely no innovation in this case - Except for the LCD screen and useless volume knob, it looks like a $40 case from the 90's.


Compared to my $299 Dell Dimension 9100, this case is garbage. It's unpolished, cheap, defective, and too big, yet too small to fit most video cards. I'd return it if I didn't have to pay for shipping. This will probably be the last time I purchase Antec. Even at $150, it's not a good deal - This case probably only cost Antec $35 to build.



4 out of 5 stars Silent enough   October 1, 2007
 2 out of 2 found this review helpful

I have this for more than a year. Works great, a little tight to work inside, but if you don't want to put anything bigger than your receiver in your living room, this is it.
In its lowest setting, the case fans are absolutely silent. I use mine in my bedroom, with a 8800 GTS (it fits), and I can tell when it is on, if not for the bright leds. Unfortunately, you can't turn them down (nor the display), so sometimes I have to cover them in order to sleep.
Wife love it, find it beautiful (unlike any other machine/receiver on the house).



4 out of 5 stars Very satisfied, but......   September 26, 2007
 2 out of 2 found this review helpful

The case is what I expected, noise less, good quality materials for the front panel...it really deserves a place in your living room. It doesn't include and assembly guide so you must be technicly proficient to connect the front panel cables to the motherboard.

ANTEC Guys: Please include an assembling guide.


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