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SilverStone ML05 Mini-ITX HTPC Computer Case Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology Co., LTD.
Product Name: Milo ML05
Model Number: SST-ML05B
UPC: 844761010539
Price As Tested: $39.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone.

The deceptively small ML05 HTPC case from SilverStone sits in a class of its own.  Part of the Milo series of entry-level HTPC cases (designed to incorporate features from the Grandia series in a slim form factor), the ML05 is one of the most inexpensive home theater enclosures on the market.  Essentially half the size of the previously reviewed micro-ATX ML04, the smaller Milo ML05 still checks a lot of the home-theater specific boxes: short depth, available optical drive, room for additional storage, and enough airflow to keep things quiet.  Benchmark Reviews has a chance to evaluate the SilverStone ML05 Mini-ITX HTPC case (model SST-ML05B) to see what building a different kind of computer in a different kind of case is like.

ML05_Front

One thing I want to reiterate from the ML04 review is the reason I don’t do objective sound testing for cases.  There’s far too many variables to make it relevant, and while you certainly don’t want an obnoxiously loud computer case (especially in a home theater scenario) every user will have their own particular set up and their own tolerance levels for noise determined by the size of the room and the other noise sources in it.  I’ll comment subjectively if anything is noticeable, but take any noise observations with a grain of salt.  HTPC cases already have an advantage in that they’re usually located across the room from the user (instead of sitting on or near a desk directly in front of them), but their smaller size makes your component choice the main factor in the production of noise, not so much the case itself.

Features & Specifications

Model No.
SST-ML05B (black)
Material
Acrylic and plastic front panel, 0.8mm steel body
Motherboard
Mini-ITX
Drive Bay
External 9.5mm/12.7mm slim slot-loading optical drive x 1 (replaceable with 3.5” HDD x 1 or 2.5” HDD x 2 or 120mm fan x 1)
None
Internal 2.5” x 4
Cooling System
Side Right: 2 x 80mm fan slot
Top 120mm fan slot / oversized PSU vents
Expansion Slot
1
Front I/O Port
USB 3.0 x 2
audio x 1
MIC x 1
Power Supply
1 x Optional standard SFX
Expansion Card
1x low profile, width restriction-2.95″
Limitation of CPU cooler
37~70mm
Limitation of PSU
140mm
Net Weight
2.1kg
Dimension
350mm (W) x 99 mm (H) x 204 mm (D), 7 liters


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