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SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The SST-LC01 features two USB 2.0 ports and a single 1394/Firewire port. In addition, it features both MIC and headphone jacks. These ports are located behind the bottom door between the two lower 3-½" drive bays. While the placement of the ports was good, the lack of labeling was downright annoying. SilverStone should consider either adding the name of the port or a icon to represent the port over it. Confusion over which port was the headphone and MIC jack drove us up the wall during our testing.

We also were impressed with the excellent construction of both the top and bottom geared hinges for the doors. While we would have preferred metal gearing here, the plastic that SilverStone uses works well and has a nice smooth action, which is sure to please most buyers.

Overall, the SST-LC01 isn't a bad case for a desktop style configuration. We really liked what SilverStone presented in this package; the only problem is that we still found a few things to complain about. Most of these issues were minor in nature and can easily be remedied in the next revision of the case.

The SST-LC01 has the clear advantage of being able to support four hard drives, which I am sure will be a godsend to those looking to use it for DVR/PVR applications. Let's face it: some people like to archive everything and burn it to DVD at their leisure. With a four-drive configuration the SST-LC01 can be quite an incredible DVR/PVR box that is able to handle over 1 TB of storage. The only problem is that you have to wonder if a stock cooling solution should be trusted to protect your investment from overheating. We think not, and recommend that users that are going to purchase the SST-LC01 should consider using side-mounted 80mm fans in the panels and not place the unit in any sort of an A/V enclosure.

There is quite a lot to like about the SST-LC01, and it is an attractive and functional case designed for home theatre/DVR/PVR/TV applications. We do recommend potential buyers to consider the limitations and other points that we brought out in this review before purchasing the SST-LC01. We think that the SST-LC01 has a lot of potential, and we recognize a good case design when we see it. Let's just hope SilverStone addresses some of these glitches, since if they do so, they could have a big winner.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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