Silverstone ML05 mini-ITX HTPC case

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Milo ML05
mini-ITX Media Center Case
Street Price

Silverstone remains one of the most active HTPC case makers, in spite of all the competiton from inexpensive miniature multimedia streaming devices offering HD video from multiple sources. The sheer number of horizontal desktop style cases in the Silverstone range — around 24 by my count, from tiny half-litre NUC chassis to huge 43-litre ATX multi-drive-bay desktops — is impressive.

The recently introduced Milo series ML05 is one of the smallest offered with room for more than a drive or two. This mini-ITX desktop case is a slimmer miniature facsimile of its larger brethren, like the GD07/08 reviewed earlier in the year. The dimensions are such that without any visual points of reference, it is easy to mistake the ML05 for something much larger. And with its minimalist, mirror-acrylic facia, it is stylish enough to fit easily into the Silverstone catalog.

The ML05 is a very small case, just 7 litres in volume. Note the slot for optical disc loading.

SilverStone Milo ML05: Product Details
from the product web page
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 (replaceable with 3.5” HDD or 2.5” HDD x2 or 120mm fan)
Internal 2.5” x 4
Cooling System Rear n/a
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

Sturdy brown corrugated cardboard carton.

Internal packing consists of a plastic bag and a clamshell made of closed-cell foam (much preferred over horrific styrofoam). Not much of accessories: A dust filter, four rubber feet that could have been affixed at the factory, bag of screws, and paper assembly manual.

The packaging is good enough for a case that weighs only 2 kg and the accessories package reflects the modest $50 price.

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