CeBIT 2007: Origen AE Review 0

CeBIT 2007: Origen AE Review

Origen AE made some waves with their exclusive line-up of cases a few months back. The biggest model, the S21T looks even more impressive at close range. It is made completely out of aluminum and features a 12.1 inch touch screen LCD with a resolution of up to 1920x1080 pixels. This may seem like overkill for such a small display, but Origen AE chose such a display to support cloning of full HD capable TVs, which enhances the HTPC experience and eliminates any problems that may arise due to different resolutions on the screens. The S21T can take up to 10 hard drives, which utilize anti-vibration mounts to further reduce overall noise.

There is also a concept of a touch screen LCD in an external enclosure on display. This would act as a remote control to Windows Media Center, so that no display is necessary on the HTPC case itself. Origen AE is working on a wireless display at the moment. The engineering sample still utilizes a cable, but already works very well.

The slimmest S type case is the S10V, which utilizes a VFD and slot loading slimline optical drive. The card reader and the drive are hidden behind a little flip down door. This does not just fall down once open, but opens up slowly.

All units are also available in black and Origen AE is displaying them, fully packed with hardware. The S10V is on display in such a fashion, as is the larger S16T. The latter has an internal layout quite similar to a tipped over tower case and can take a full size ATX mainboard.

The S14V utilize a VFD instead of an actual LCD screen and is a bit slimmer than the S16 series. It can fit a mATX system as well as four hard drives. Origen AE is also displaying the S21T in black.

They also have a large shelf with the complete X series in silver. From top to bottom these are the X15e, the X11 and the X10. The bottom case is from the H series and carries the model name H5 or H6, depending on the inside layout. The H6 can take a full size ATX board, but only has the space for a single hard drive and mATX PSU, while the H5 can fit a mATX mainboard with four hard drives and an ATX power supply.