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First Look

The barebone comes out of the box after the accessories:

Its classic, reserved exterior style is complemented with some new traits like the decorative covers over the connectors and the optical drive. The only thing exposed to the world is the Power-On button, which is most frequently used in office. A little above it, a HDD activity LED indicator is located. The button matches the official style of the front panel and is combined with a Power-On LED which shines in MSI products’ traditional mild blue and is not disturbing even in darkness.

The cover below the Power button conceals some front-panel interfaces:

Two USB ports, a headphones output and a microphone input. There’s a blank gag instead of a FireWire port (it is only available in the senior barebone model).

You shouldn’t look the Hetis 915 Lite over for a floppy-drive cover. There’s none of it here. You can’t install a floppy drive into this barebone and I applaud MSI’s engineers for finally getting rid of this rudiment. I won’t put forth any arguments against the floppy drive since they are obvious, from the poor data safety on the diskette to the disuse of this medium in all large offices. But if you still remember what a 3.5” diskette looks like, the Hetis 915 will be a fitting occasion to forget everything about it at last.

Concerning a card-reader, I do share MSI’s opinion that it is not generally necessary in an office-oriented computer. But if you do need one, consider the senior Hetis 915 model which comes with such a reader.

The system case can be positioned horizontally if necessary:

The surface of your desk won’t suffer from that:

The design of the system case implies that it can be put on a side – the six rubber feet make sure the lacquer on your desk or other furniture remains intact. One thing to consider with this position of the case is that the main air inlet will be in the top cover and the exhaust fan on the left panel, and you are strongly advised not block these openings.

The rear panel features pretty traditional view:

You can see a power supply, a group of interface connectors and two brackets against the expansion slots. It’s rather strange to see two COM ports here (well, why not if there’s enough space for them?) and analog 5.1 audio output which is not very useful in an office computer. On the other hand, the 5.1 sound is currently supported by all new audio controllers and someone might really need it. Considering the fact that the manufacturer rather too liberally disposed of the free space on the rear panel, I might grudge the lack of an LPT port. Unlike, for example, a floppy-drive, this legacy port may still be necessary today – you won’t want to replace your old and working printer just because you’ve bought a new computer.

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