Luxa2 LM200 (LVA20012N1Z) HTPC Case
Posted on: 10.09.2009 01:00:00

Opening the inner box we can see the LM200 is very well protected with a thick layer of foam and a cotton type bag (as well as the double box) so you know the LM200 will reach you in pristine condition. Sat on top of the case is the instruction manual, think Luxa2 are trying to tell us something?

Removing the LM200 from the box and packing material we get our first proper look at it and VERY, VERY nice it looks too, it oozes quality and class from every angle. The display comes with a sticky film over the display for a little extra added protection.

The front of the LM200 is nicely styled with the centre section a nice anodised black with the I/O section at the bottom, the display in the centre of the case and a stealth optical drive cover at the top. The outer sections look equally nice anodised in silver with the control panel on the right and the power button on the left, with I assume a recessed rest button next to it. Above that in the top left corner is the Luxa2 logo, which I have to say looks pretty cool.

As mentioned, the right hand side of the front panel is where all the controls are. From here, I assume, you can use the arrow keys to navigate the menus etc and start / close programs with the other buttons.

The bottom of the centre section is where you can find all the I/O connections, hidden behind a smooth action door which you press to open. This includes the standard audio, USB and fire wire as well a a fully fledged card reader. So there is no need to mess about looking for your card reader when you want to transfer some files etc one way or the other.

The power button feels like it is made of solid metal, its cold to the touch anyway, and is surrounded by what I guess to be the power indicator. Next to the power button is a small hole, the reset switch maybe? Both the sides, whilst looking very nice in anodised silver and matching the front panel, are pretty devoid of detail so I’ll skip straight around the back.

As with most cases the rear of the LM200 has a lot of ventilation to aid cooling. Media centre cases have a reputation for running quite warm so the more ventilation the better, even the pci plates are mesh. The main points of interest, if you like, are the 120mm fan and the power supply mounting. I say this because you don’t very often see a fan this size on a “dedicated” media centre case.

The fact it also takes a full size atx power supply is also very unusual for a case like this. You could probably use this for a fairly heft gaming pc, the only thing you need to do is make sure the graphics card would fit. The only “downside” to these extra large features is it does mean the case is more like a small form factor case in size than a small media centre case. For some though this won’t be an issue and the improved cooling / power options will be preferable over size.

Moving onto the top of the Luxa2 LM200, this is probably the nicest finish on the case, it seems to be a solid piece of brushed aluminium and as such looks very nice indeed. It is bolted down by the use of hex head screws, one in each of the corners. The Luxa2 logo is again printed onto the centre of the lid.

Flipping the LM200 over, we can see yet another vent this time at the front of the case, this should help cool things nicely. The rear fan and power supply fan will force air out of the rear of the case causing air to be sucked in this front vent, over the motherboard / processor etc cooling the components as it goes.

The large feet are hi-fi style feet, as expected really, large with rubber inserts so won’t damage whatever equipment it is stood on and shouldn’t slip around either. That’s the case looked at, remember the bag with the manual etc in it, well the contents of that bag are as follows.

One Allen key, useful as it might be a bit difficult to get the lid off without it.

The warranty information and the manual, which covers the standard LM200 and the touch screen version.

I think that’s about all I can show you around the outside so let’s get the lid off and have a look inside.

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