Originally Posted by renethx
Let's compare them rigorously.
- Wesena HTPC-ITX2
: 197mm x 75mm x 197 mm = 2910675 mm^3
- Habey EMC-800B: 200mm x 75mm x 225mm = 3375000 mm^3
- Lian Li PC-Q09: 265mm x 110mm x 200mm = 5830000 mm^3
Yes, let's make it rigorous.
I think for a desktop, a more valid comparison than volume is the footprint (D x W) -- the amount of space taken up on the desk. The height really isn't a factor -- none of these is particularly tall.
Wesena HTPC-ITX2 = 197mm×197mm = 38809 mm^2
Lian-Li PC-Q09 = 265mm x 200mm = 53000 mm^2
Habey EMC-800B = 200mm x 225mm = 45000 mm^2
In the real world that's pretty similar. Sure, you can convert that into ratios and say the footprint is 16% larger but given the dimensions are so small to begin with, 16% isn't very much -- 1" less depth, 2.5" more width.
And then there is price. The Wesena doesn't come with a PSU so you need to buy one. The Habey's AC/DC adapter is underpowered so you need to update that as well.
Wesena HTPC-ITX2 + 120W PSU (extra) = $149
Lian-Li PC-Q09 + 150W PSU (incl.) = $99
Habey EMC-800B + 102W AC/DC adapter (unless 60W is enough) = ~$107
And, since we're putting the Lian-Li in the league of the HTPC-ITX7 then it's $99 vs. $169 for price once you get the PSU for the ITX7. I wouldn't put the Lian-Li in the same league as the Origenae cases -- no LCD and no IR.
BTW, I like all 3 of those cases and I agree that it's a waste the Lian-Li doesn't have room for an expansion slot. In my mini-builds that slot is always used for a wireless card. With these smaller cases it'll have to be a USB wireless dongle (yuck) or something like the ASUS with built-in wireless (hoping it's not yuck). I am not convinced that a nettop/mini-desktop needs more than one HDD/SDD so the lack of additional bays doesn't figure into my thinking.
If I list out the compromises -- oh and I have trust me -- it's still my current favorite unless I am going el cheap and then it's the Athenatech case I listed above.