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Old 29th April 2010, 07:37   #1
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Default Thermaltake DH-202 HTPC Case with 7" LCD TouchScreen

We published our DH-101 review in November 2007. Since then the HTPC case market has matured and evolved. We have mini ITX cases, DTX and slim mATX units which require low profile expansion cards, but full sized units. The market is filled with offerings for every budget. It seems a bit like the DH-202 is just a cosmetic refresh of the DH-102. Sure the new front and incorporated card readers make it an easy pick over the previous model, but the unchanged interior does not. Even though there is a saying that springs to mind: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but the DH-101 - which has the indentical interior to the DH-102 and 202 does offer a lot of room for improvement. I would have liked to see a better, mainly quieter thermal solution overall. Thermaltake could have easily realized this with better sound encapsulation or quieter fans. Even the fact that you still find the same, fairly loud cooling units inside the case, while the Luxa2 series gets treated with the updated and quieter ones looks like that not enough time was devoted to the DH-202.The Thermaltake DH-202 is a good looking unit, but does not really manage to differentiate itself from the predecessor, but does offer 7 inch display at very low price with better, modern looks when compared to the DH-202. So if you can live with the interior age of the chassis, and do not mind spending a few bucks more on quiet fans or a simple fan controller, you should be satisfied with the end result as part of your home theater system.
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