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Silverstone launches brand new ML04 HTPC chassis

Not many things in the world of full-blown, desktop technology products can be said to be 4 inches high. Some tower cases are big enough to house a family – in the case of the Silverstone TJ11. So when we heard that its new case was 10.5cm tall, we had to have a closer look.

The Sugo SG series from Silverstone is famous, but for a genuine home theatre experience – you are likely to struggle to get the box under your TV.

Not so with the ML series.

According to Silverstone marketing guru, Tony Ou, “Continuing where the popular Milo ML03 left off, the Milo ML04 HTPC case again combines the full size features of Grandia series with slim form factor dimensions”.

So what about the size?

Tony explained, “The ML04 has a profile of 105mm height and 350mm depth, making it extremely easy to integrate into any living room furniture. Incredibly, this case can accommodate up to three 3.5” hard drives or five 2.5” HDD/SSD through its smartly designed drive cages that can mount either size without any use of adapters”.

Neat chassis, but we would have liked them to paint the inside. Sure, you never see it - but you know it's there.
Neat chassis. We would have liked them to paint the inside. Sure, you never see it, but you know it’s there.

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Cool enough. Any other features we should be aware of?

“The main distinguishing feature of the ML04 is its lockable aluminum front door”, explained Tony. “This is similar in design to the larger GD07 case, with an LED dimmer that adds not only security, but also improved integration for home theater environments”.

So what does Tony see as its key market?

“For those looking to build an HTPC with good expansion and cooling capability but has limited room and budget, the SilverStone Milo ML04 is an excellent alternative to the ML03”, he told us.

Special Features:
• Support up to four 80mm fans
• Drive cages with multi-purpose mounts eliminate need for adapters
• Easy to install and cable route
• Support standard PS2(ATX) power supplies
• Support low profile expansion cards
• Incredible 350mm depth to fit comfortably inside home theater cabinet
• Lockable front door and power button ensure security of system and drives
• LED indicator with adjustable brightness

Launching on 17th June with an expected UK street price of around £60, you can find out more about the Milo ML04 here.

At a fraction over 4 inches high, this would not look out of place under your TV or TFT
At a fraction over 4 inches high, this would not look out of place under your TV or TFT

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KitGuru says: Neat enough chassis that will benefit from its ability to utilise lost-cost Micro-ATX parts. While Mini-ITX etc are all well and good, it seems that some component vendors take the mick when it comes to pricing. Less most certainly can cost more.

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