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3/4 View of the LifeStyle Fusion

Internal layout of the LifeStyle Fusion
MicroATX home theater PC goodness

Antec has announced the availability of the brand new Fusion home theater PC case. The Fusion is part of the LifeStyle family of enclosures. It had a rough development cycle and was first mentioned a few years ago. Constant delays kept the Fusion from ever arriving on the market. Eventually Antec canceled the original Fusion and released the Overture which was a large home theater PC case. In January Antec announced a new Fusion home theater PC case that had no resemblance to the never-released Fusion of years ago but shared the same home theater PC case concept.

The new Antec Fusion features support for microATX motherboards. Motherboard, hard drive and power supply chambers are isolated from each other for improved thermal performance. Cooling is provided by two three-speed 120MM Antec TriCool fans located in the motherboard chamber. Three drive bays are available at the user’s disposal—one external 5.25” and two internal 3.5” bays. A vacuum fluorescent display is installed on the front bezel, though there’s no mention if it’ll be compatible with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. Additional front-mounted features include two USB, one Firewire ports, headphone output, microphone input and a volume control knob. Power is provided by a custom SU430 HT 430-watt power supply.

Availability is expected early next week in California with availability in the rest of the country a few days later. MSRP of the Antec Fusion has been set at $219.  Antec recently announced a similar line of cases a few weeks ago.

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I'll pass
By nowayout99 on 6/28/2006 2:02:04 PM , Rating: 2
Waiting for more HTPCs that looks like a standard component, like a DVD player or Tivo, and not a big 80's VHS player. All that's missing is the top loading cassette tray and the faux wood panelling.

RE: I'll pass
By othercents on 6/28/2006 2:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
The current setup is about the same size as a standard desktop put on it's side. Trying to make a smaller version will require integrated parts including a DVD player already built in. This is one of the issues for case manufacturers when trying to build HTPCs.

There are some prebuilt HTPCs that have all the components in them that don't take up as much space. The problem is that they are not as powerful, nor will they be upgradable.


RE: I'll pass
By jon1003 on 6/28/2006 3:47:49 PM , Rating: 2
You wouldn't be able to fit the videocard in heightwise if the case was any shorter. That's the main issue, it still needs to be compatible with PCI/AGP/PCIE cards. Other components are already available in smaller versions: Notebook HDD's getting up to 160GB capacity, slim slot load DVD drives. You can even make the PS smaller, or another idea would be to make it wholly or partially an external component you can hide on the floor.

RE: I'll pass
By Hare on 6/28/2006 4:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
Buy a mac mini... If a lot of HD space is required just add an external firewire/usb2-drive. Silent and small but has enough power (core duo) and comes with front row software...

Availability of fusion
By Red and black on 6/28/2006 11:49:44 AM , Rating: 4
Aw, and here I was hoping that Antec had succeeded in building a fusion electric plant way sooner than anyone expected . . . .

RE: Availability of fusion
By marvdmartian on 6/28/2006 12:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yep! Me too! I was thinking of the BTTF "Mr Fusion"! ;)

Looks great, but...
By CorrND on 6/28/2006 1:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
...why don't they cover up the USB/Firewire/audio ports? A wonderful design killed by one little detail.

RE: Looks great, but...
By PetesEscapade on 6/28/2006 1:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm just the opposite. So many good cases ruined by having doors over the USB/Firewire/audio ports. For me, they'd be open all of the time. But I don't use my boxes as HTPC's.

RE: Looks great, but...
By JNo on 6/29/2006 4:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
I quite like them too. The thing that's really bugging me though is why we're still on only 2 USB ports on the front. Why not 4 or 6 now? Common case manufacturing dudes!

looks good
By Lonearchon on 6/28/2006 9:49:14 AM , Rating: 2
I got the nsk2400 for my mediacenter computer it look just like this san the knob and the VFD. Look great. I think the nsk2400 is a better deal coming 100 under this one Because you can get a front Display for the 5 1/4 bay for under 100

RE: looks good
By JNo on 6/29/2006 4:21:08 AM , Rating: 2
that's because the fusion basically is the nsk2400 with the VFD and the big volume knob (and maybe a different colour fascia or something). The internals are the same so nsk2400 reviews apply to the fusion too for the most part.

No upgrade for me...
By jon1003 on 6/28/2006 12:06:34 PM , Rating: 2
Darn, I thought I was in for a new PS. :(


By Kyteland on 6/28/2006 7:50:50 PM , Rating: 2
I couldn't find a link through their main page, so here it is for anyone interested.

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