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Alkeron Launches Class-E 211 Mini-ITX HTPC Enclosure

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Alkeron's Class-E 211 enclosure is built for slim and compact HTPCs.

Alkeron is releasing its Class-E (Are we supposed to read this as 'classy'?) 211 Mini-ITX enclosure, which is built to be ideal as a thin and compact HTPC enclosure.

The case can house up to Mini-ITX size motherboards, along with a single 3.5" or 2.5" drive. Built into the case is a 65 W power supply, which should be enough to power the hardware in the case. It is built to be cooled fanlessly, though there is a spot for an optional 40 mm fan in the rear.

Also built into the case is a USB connected Infrared Receiver, meaning that you can use various remote controls to, well, control it.

The case should already be available at select e-tailers and will be arriving to retailers starting in 2014. Its MSRP price is set at $179.

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    brandonjclark , December 24, 2013 6:01 PM
    $179? Ahahaha! For far to long these HTPac case manufacturers have been ripping us off. I'd never pay that ASTRONOMICAL price for what amounts to an IR receiver, cruddy PS and no more than $3-$5 dollars in metal. It might look good, but you'd be avfool to buy into this consumer racket.
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    brandonjclark , December 24, 2013 6:01 PM
    $179? Ahahaha! For far to long these HTPac case manufacturers have been ripping us off. I'd never pay that ASTRONOMICAL price for what amounts to an IR receiver, cruddy PS and no more than $3-$5 dollars in metal. It might look good, but you'd be avfool to buy into this consumer racket.
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    clonazepam , December 24, 2013 6:07 PM
    ^^ Yeah, I'm not seeing the value.
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    Darkk , December 24, 2013 6:22 PM
    "Suggested Retail Price" is $179 probably will see around $99 on the street.
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    Darkk , December 24, 2013 6:23 PM
    Yeah I agree it's a bit steep for a simple case. It doesn't have a CD-ROM mini slot for it.
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    mortsmi7 , December 24, 2013 6:41 PM
    I might give $30 for this. There's too many things missing for this to be worth $180.
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    kitsunestarwind , December 24, 2013 6:43 PM
    Yep what an extreme rip off, you could sell that case for $50 and still be making a massive profit on it..
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    thundervore , December 24, 2013 8:14 PM
    WOW!

    So when the power supply fails you are basically stuck with a door stop because you cannot easily buy a replacement slim line power supply of your choice and swap it......

    This is not innovative!!
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    HideOut , December 24, 2013 8:38 PM
    You'd need a remove included and some other value add to get near 179...
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    rolli59 , December 24, 2013 9:47 PM
    Different for sure but apparently only suitable for low power CPU's.
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    neon neophyte , December 25, 2013 1:02 AM
    makes sense. a cheaper to produce, simpler case than the cases of full blown pcs... 179 dollars. /s

    hey, maybe dont try to gouge us so badly. while you are at it, design a better case. like the steam box. now THAT is a well designed case
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    xeensd , December 26, 2013 2:09 PM
    $179 with a motherboard would be more realistic...
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    JQB45 , December 27, 2013 8:12 AM
    It would be a better deal if they included a NANO PSU
    Just go to google and search for "NANO Power Supply" or "NANO PSU" another good source is Embeded Computer Part Retailers. Its easy to find 120 to 180W NANO Power Supplies. The draw back is they use "power bricks" like you would find on a laptop.

    The plus side is you are not limited to a tiny 60W PSU, that is non-standard and difficult to replace. Another plus is you will have extra room left in the case.
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    dtou , December 30, 2013 4:35 PM
    I'm associated with manufacturer and I can say that the case is produces in small quantities for own use, therefore the price. It costs us around $100 to make at present volumes. We offer it to other system integrators as ourselves and we can offer them much better price. Retail market is not a priority at the moment.
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