Arctic’s sleek silver MC101 is comprised of a brushed aluminium material which isn’t too reflective but is a fingerprint magnet. The company’s logo is located on a darker, graphite-coloured piece of aluminium which pierces through the front side.
Positioned towards the bottom-right corner of the entertainment centre’s front panel is the power button which doubles up as its LED. The clear button glows white when the system is powered.
A TRRS headset jack, 4-in-1 card reader, combo USB 2.0 and powered-eSATA connector and USB 3.0 port are located on the MC101’s perforated left side. These connections are easily-accessible when the system is located in an entertainment cabinet.
A similarly-styled right side features holes which aid cooling by allowing air to reach and escape the system’s internal section.
Arctic’s MC101 Home Entertainment Centre uses a healthy rear IO panel which rivals that of many standalone motherboards.
The rear IO panel consists of 4x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks, an optical SPDIF output, a HDMI connection, a LAN port, the TV Antenna connection and the DC power jack. All ports are effectively spaced so that interference issues can be minimised.
A foam bottom helps to reduce the quantity of noise-causing vibrations that escape the MC101. It also provides friction with another surface, helping the entertainment centre remain firmly in its desired location.