The Mini Me looks really sleek and cool with its brushed aluminum chassis and
LCD module. There are a series of holes on both sides of the cover for
ventilation. According to Epox’s website, the aluminum chassis has been
specially coated to repel dust. However, I am unable to verify the authenticity
of this claim as the review set was with me for only a short period of time.
The single 5.25” bay has a stealth bay cover, pretty much like Aopen’s Xcube.
This means that users need no longer fret about finding an optical drive which
will match the case color. The positioning of the eject and play buttons on the
bay cover should fit on most, if not all, optical drives. Right below the 5.25”
bay is a 3.5” card reader which supports memory stick, SD cards, compact flash
and Smart cards. It’s good to see that Epox decided to include the card reader
along with the Mini Me. However, a 6-in-1 or even 7-in-1 card reader would be
even better, supporting a wider range of memory formats.
Pressing the bottom left half of the chassis, a panel swings open to reveal
the hidden front connectors, consisting of a Mic-in and a line-out connector,
two USB2.0 ports and a firewire connector. Placed right next to the hidden panel
are the PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors and also the Power button. The PS/2
headers are conveniently located in the front rather than the back for easy
access. However, this would mean a rather cluttered front with the mouse and
keyboard cables sticking around. So I am not very sure if moving the PS/2
connectors to the front was such a good idea after all.
And now, we finally come to the highlight of the case: the LCM Display Panel.
The LCD has many functional uses. As can be seen from above, there are a total
of 8 buttons on the LCD, giving access to various functions like play and pause,
forward and backward, stop and also volume control. The LCD itself displays a
myriad of information like the current time, CPU speed, amount of ram onboard,
and the current display resolution.
The back of the PSU has an 80mm exhuast fan that helps to suck hot air out of
the PSU and case. The back panel connectors consist of one COM and one printer
serial ports, SPDIF coaxial and optical outputs, one VGA port, four USB2.0
connectors, one Firewire port, one LAN port and 3 audio connectors for 5.1
channel sound. Right above the back connectors are a series of holes that are
used for case ventilation.