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Chenbro PC78131

The first and smallest product in this review is manufactured by Chenbro.

The PC78131 doesn’t look much more than a dull black box with a silvery edging of the front panel. Its appearance is only enlivened by the blue rim of the Power button (when the computer is turned on). The Reset button is missing.

Stiff and deep-sinking, the Power button would be perfect for any full-size system case but is too stiff for the compact PC78131. When pressing the button, you have to hold the system case in place with your other hand to prevent it from sliding backwards.

The PC78131 can be installed horizontally and vertically. There is a metallic stand in its box for the latter variant.

The stand has rubber pads to suppress vibrations from the system case but lacks any vibration-absorbing elements on its sole.

The abovementioned Power button, accompanied with an HDD activity indicator, is located on a smooth silvery piece which is different in color and texture from the edging of the front panel.

Placed below the optical drive slot, the I/O connectors include two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire port, and two audio connectors (microphone and headphones). They are placed with wide spacing so that you could easily use all of them simultaneously.

To the right of the optical drive you can see two slots of the integrated card reader. Based on a Realtek RTS5186 chip, the card-reader supports SD, Mini-SD, MMC and MS formats. There is no official information about SD HC/XC compatibility, but the reader had no problems working with a 32GB HC card we had at hand (we didn’t have an XC one to test, unfortunately).

The product accessories aren’t numerous. Included with the system case are an external power adapter with cord, the abovementioned stand, and some fasteners. There is no user manual even. You are supposed to download it from the manufacturer's website.

Well, you don’t really need a manual to assemble a computer configuration in this system case. Notwithstanding its small size, the PC78131 is very easy to deal with thanks to the pre-routed power cables and limited expansion opportunities. It is just simpler to install one hard disk than two or three, for example.

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