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Product : Lascala LC13
Company : SilverStone
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Date : May 22nd, 2005

Exterior


SilverStone Lascala LC13 Front
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The front of the LC13 is mostly taken up by a large brushed aluminum door that hides 2 5-1/4" drive bays and 2 3-1/2" bays along with 2 USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire port, as well as headphone and mic jacks. The door itself is held in place by 2 magnets on either side of the case and gracefully glides open on a pair of greased gear wheels. When the door is closed the case is one of the cleanest, sleekest I've ever seen.

Along the bottom edge of the case are the power and LED lights. The power button is made from machined aluminum and matches the case. There's a machined bevel to take the edge off which puts a nice silver "ring" around the edge of the button as well. There's no reset button, so the only way to reboot the machine is power off then on again.

Even though the LEDs are hidden behind small holes drilled in the face of the case, they still glow very bright. The Power LED in particular can be distracting when you are watching TV in the dark. Simply not connecting them is the easiest solution if you're like me and find them way too bright.




SilverStone Lascala LC13 Rear
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The rear of the case is pretty standard as far as cases go. There's the standard color coded port panel (I still have to wonder why case manufacturers bother to include these things as pretty much all motherboards these days come with a custom one). There's also a full compliment of expansion bay slots as well; I've seen at least one other HTPC case that only had 4 of these.

The PSU bay is smartly turned sideways to allow for more horizontal room inside the case, which puts the PSUs fan directly in line to draw heated air away from the CPU and out the back of the case.

Also on the rear of the case are 2 60mm fans. I would have preferred a single 80mm fan instead of the dual 60mm, but obviously the space restrictions on the rear panel wouldn't allow it.




SilverStone Lascala LC13 Sides
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Offset on both sides of the case are arrays of ventilation holes to allow fresh air to circulate within the case. It would have been good if SilverStone had thought to put some of those holes over the area where the CPU is as well to help deliver cool air directly to the CPU but they missed the idea. Maybe for a future version they'll put the drill to work there too.






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