Perhaps some of you have seen this new HTPC enclosure from Ahanix with a built-in touch screen:Ahanix MCE701
The price was right (much cheaper than the Silverstone LC18), my old HTPC (in a Digitalis home theater case) had died, and the missus approved a full new purchase. So I got one, set it up over the weekend, and am now enjoying the results.
Overall, it's a great case, made mostly from machined aluminum. You can get it in black or silver, I got the silver. It looks very nice in the home theater rack, and the touchscreen rocks! A great way to nav through MCE if you don't want to have your hdtv on all the time you use it.
A couple of notes:
* Setting up this enclosure is not for the inexperienced homebrew PC maker. The documentation is sparse to the point of ridiculous, three slender pages of highlevel pictures and about 50 words max. There is no information whatsoever about the touchscreen, or about the front panel connectors. Compounding this is the fact that the USB and firewire connections are the "we broke out each pin individually so have fun" variety. The ASUS Qconnector system that comes with ASUS motherboards and gives you a little labelled brick was very helpful in doing this.
* The touchscreen driver CD they include is painfully out of date, like four generations old. It wouldn't even recognize the panel. I sleuthed out a new set of drivers atthis site
which worked great.
* At least for my Pioneer DVR-109 DVD burner, the cutout for the DVD slot is too low (or the burner tray too high) to use the included aluminum replacement slot cover.
* In general there is lots of room in the case, and very good airflow, with two 80mm rear fans right where they should be. One oddity is the vertical drive bay right behind the touch panel. By this I mean that the drives get mounted vertically.
* Sliding the enclosure lid on is harder than it should be.
* The screen is surprisingly good, and highly usable with the 10ft interface. Although it will accept a 1280x720 signal, I am running it at 960x600 so that Windows itself is viewable - at 720p it's just too tiny to see. Touch screen with MCE is good, but could use some interface tweaking for touchscreen use. I understand this is coming with Vista Media Center.
* There are some bizarro unexplained buttons below the touchscreen. The only useful one is the auto correct screen position.
* What's inside:
AMD X2 4600 AM2 slot
2 gigs DDR2/800 RAM
400 gigs of HD space
NVIDIA 6800 (had to economize somewhere)
Auzentech Xplosion 7.1
Theater Pro 550
Happy to post any pictures if anyone wants to see.