NZXT Manta mini-ITX case review: real cases have curves

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As a rule, mini-ITX cases are as small as possible; they’re designed for LAN-friendly gaming PCs or low-profile media machines. The NZXT Manta is different, with a curvy design that trades portability for added features and extra space. It turns out that when portability and dimensions fall to the bottom of your list of priorities, you can accomplish something pretty incredible.

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Shuttle NC01U review: a tiny, extensible barebones PC

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Shuttle are well-known for their compact PCs, whether sold as cases or barebones systems. Today we’re looking at the latter, as we review the NC01U Mini-PC. This tiny half-litre system can fit your own choice of components, including a ULV Intel processor, DDR3L RAM and a solid state drive, so you can equip it to serve in a number of roles: portable workstation, old-school gaming PC or media machine. Continue reading

Lian-Li PC-TU300 case review: keep calm and carry on

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The Lian-Li PC-TU300 is a PC case with a unique focus: mobility. This is achieved not purely through low weight or tiny dimensions, but through the inclusion of a carry handle and an optional screw-in trolley system. Once installed, the TU300 becomes quite literally carry-on luggage, small enough to fit in an overhead locker and nimble enough to roll around the airport without breaking a sweat. It’s an intriguing concept, so let’s see how well it works!

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NZXT Phantom 530 review: beauty and brains

 

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It’s the classic geek love story. Geek meets PC case, geek shares many happy memories with PC case. One day, a new, shinier case comes along. Geek faces a decision – move onto the new model, or stick with the old love? Join me for the fateful conclusion, as we examine the Phantom 530 – NZXT’s £90 modern followup to the much-loved Phantom.

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