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Scythe e-Otonashi Review
By Larry Matter, Posted on July 9, 2004 Jump to:

Inspection

The e-Otonashi arrived from the manufacturer very well packaged. Included was the case itself, a fanless 60W power supply, some thermal compound, all necessary screws, and two IDE cables. One cable is suited for small, laptop sized, hard drives. The other will work with slim (i.e., laptop) CD or DVD drives. All the included parts are shown below:

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Having these specialized cables included with the case is a big plus in my view. Even though the EPIA M comes with standard IDE cables, you need to purchase adapters to connect them to these smaller components, and the adapters can run you around $15-$20 each, sometimes more when you factor in tax and shipping.

The case appears very well made and seems more sturdy than my Morex 2688. To give you an idea of its size, here it is with some CD's on it.

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Like the Morex case, this one has a rather "minimalist" appearance, which I really like. You don't want your set top box to dominate the room.

The front panel has a power switch, and a recessed reset button that you need an unfolded paper clip to press. It also has a slot for a slim CD or DVD ROM drive. Below that is a vent that you normally can't see through so easily but the camera flash highlights the parts inside. Behind the vent on the left are a green and a red LED. The green is for power, and the red is for disk activity. See below.

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The back of the case is shown below. Not much to say about it; it has a place for the EPIA connector panel and a plug for the 12V 60W power supply. Note the vent on the left side. No fan!

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The top of the case is easily removed by removing the three thumbscrews on the back (which you can see in the picture) and then sliding the top backwords a bit.

Shown below is the inside of the case, with the hard drive/CD support platter removed. You can see the power supply on the left which has a power cable that is just the right length for the EPIA M. You also have two large and two small component power connectors. Also notice the Heatlane heatpipe on the bottom of the case.

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I built an infrared receiver and place it inside the case behind the vent on the front of the case. Below is a shot of that vent as seen from the inside of the case. There wasn't any convenient place to attach an IR receiver circuit so I ended up using foam tape to secure it to the inside front of the case.

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