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Case Help: Moneual 932P or Zalman HD160XT Plus?

post #1 of 12
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Hello,

I've seriously have been looking at upgrading my case to one with a touchscreen panel. This will be going into my dedicated theater room and will be my HTPC powerhouse for BD/HD-DVD, HDTV, Gaming, etc. in that room. I have a server that will house the storage, so I'll take 2-3 drives in my HTPC case.

I've been looking at the Moneual 932P and the Zalman HD160XT Plus (this appears to be the latest model coming soon per the Zalman website). Both have the touchscreens I've been wanting and both look to be solid cases. I've seen the smaller, non-touchscreen Zalman and think the build quality is just fantastic. Very solid.

Cosmetically, they are similar (except drive and touchscreen locations) and seem to offer up plenty of ventilation/fans for good airflow. I was set on the Zalman until someone showed me the Moneual. They are both similar in price (not MSRP!), so that makes it more difficult. I know the Zalman brand real well for cooling, so I figured they might have a one up there. On the flip-side, I've never heard of Moneual. Their website says they are dedicated to making killer HTPC systems, and it looks like they integrate well with Vista (which I am running now).

Has anyone had experience with either of these? One case? Both cases?

Here are the links:

Zalman HD160XT Plus

http://www.zalman.co.kr/usa/product/...x=323&code=029


Moneual 932P

http://www.moneual.com/accessory/


Thanks for your help. Any reviews, tips, tricks, info on either is much appreciated!

Chris
post #2 of 12
I just went with the Moneaul. I think they're both similar, just choose the one that looks best to you.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by valkyrie View Post

I just went with the Moneaul. I think they're both similar, just choose the one that looks best to you.

Do you like it? Was it easy to install? I've been looking for the manual online, but can't seem to find one. How is airflow in the case?

Just thought I'd throw a few more questions out there.
post #4 of 12
Haven't received it yet, sorry. I'm expecting it to be here on Thursday, so I'll probably not start the build until Friday, sorry. Here's one of several reviews that really made it "the one" for me (plus, I do much prefer the centered looks of this case to the Zalman) and it allows me to remove the media bay, put in a 3.5" drive bay (for a HD backup solution) and still keeps the USB/firewire inputs on the left side.

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/revie...32/index.shtml
post #5 of 12
The zalman case has been reviewed on silentpcreview.com (although not the LCD version). It has quite a reasonable review, however, their were some remarks about the awkward cable installation. It ran quiet and cool...looks like a nice case.

There is a limited review of the Moneual case on http://www.virtual-hideout.net...they have a lot of pictures of the case, which might help you out with the design. The review is that indepth, but it does give this case high marks.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by rhancock1972 View Post

The zalman case has been reviewed on silentpcreview.com (although not the LCD version). It has quite a reasonable review, however, their were some remarks about the awkward cable installation. It ran quiet and cool...looks like a nice case.

There is a limited review of the Moneual case on http://www.virtual-hideout.net...they have a lot of pictures of the case, which might help you out with the design. The review is that indepth, but it does give this case high marks.

Thanks for the update!

The link isn't working for the Moneual case. I'm still debating what I want to do with my HTPC!
post #7 of 12
The Moneual 932 and the Zalman HD160XT are very similar as far as the chassis goes (they are actually manufactured by the same company).

In my opinion the 932 is superior because of the software for the LCD. While not perfect by any means, the iMON Frontview software is much better than the Zini software used by the HD160XT. That being said, the HD160XT Plus also uses the iMON FrontView software. I believe we will be offering the HD160XT Plus sometime this week.
post #8 of 12
I have a HD160XT, -- very happy with the case itself, but the Zini software stinks. It's virtually useless. Still looking for some software to make the 7" touchscreen a worthwhile investment.

If Frontview does make the touchscreen useful then you might be more happy with the Mon. case.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by pcalchemy View Post

The Moneual 932 and the Zalman HD160XT are very similar as far as the chassis goes (they are actually manufactured by the same company).

In my opinion the 932 is superior because of the software for the LCD. While not perfect by any means, the iMON Frontview software is much better than the Zini software used by the HD160XT. That being said, the HD160XT Plus also uses the iMON FrontView software. I believe we will be offering the HD160XT Plus sometime this week.

Wow! Thank you sir!

I'll be getting this from you as I do with my other HTPC parts. Any ideas on the big differences between the XT and the XT plus? I see the button layout is a tad different on the new one (more of them). It's either this or the 932 now that the software is on par with each other!

Now, if you could only get that hybrid Blu Ray/HD-DVD player in stock, I'd be all set! Thanks for your help!
post #10 of 12
Just a warning, the Moneual case only allows 170mm or shorter optical drives. This likely rules out the HD-BR combo, as LG's first generation drive is almost 200mm long and it would run into the motherboard.
post #11 of 12
Tgarcia I am seriously considering purchasing the Zalman HD160XT PLUS case, but as per my other thread, it gets seriously put down on the support forum at Zalman.
Can you tell me what the zini software does ???

THANKS
post #12 of 12
I was looking into these as well. VERY nice looking... but I decided that a touch screen on the case itself is a bit of a waste. I won't be down on the floor getting my fingerprints on the case screen much. We need something with a touchscreen on the remote tablet, cloning the main display, except when in video mode.
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