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No 3 Date 2009-03-17 Title [NEWS] TE-D288 Review (Posted Feb 25th, 2009)

[NEWS] TE-D288 Review (Posted Feb 25th, 2009)


*Notice : The following review is translated roughly from German language, if you need to see the source, please refer to http://epiacenter.de


After several Jou Jye and Serener Reviews can I tell you today, after a long time finally again by a housing T. Case in a detailed review imagine. After the last test of a "C156" Mini-ITX enclosure approximately three and a half years ago, is now the test of one of the Pico-ITX Cases, Casetronic in the program, and although the "TE-D288" , which is perfectly matched to the VIA 'EPIA-PX10000G " Pico-ITX mainboard is tailored. This is the "TE-D288" after Serener GS-L08 only the second Pico-ITX enclosure that we here at EPIAcenter test. I apologize for the provision of housing sincerely thank the manufacturer T.. For the provision of the hard disk and memory I would like to thank HRT Informationstechnik.

About the Company T., here a small summary of the company's history: The Casetronic Corporation was established in 1990 and the Casetronic Engineering Group was founded in March 2000 in the Silicon Valley launched. In 2003, then with T. not only the brand name but also an independent firm that specializes in the design and manufacture of enclosures in the small and mini-ITX form factor.


The manufacturer has T. during delivery of the "TE-D288" really thought of everything, so you can start right away, without you even only a part or accessory adapter cable is required. All components are already available, which are necessary for a small PC with this housing to be built. Even a slimline IDE adapter for the more specific 44Pin IDE connector is included. Otherwise, it remains to be said that the housing well-packed for us has arrived.

The items of accessory bag includes the following parts:
T. "TE-D288" Mini-ITX enclosure including internal DC / DC converters
External 60W AC adapter
Slimline IDE adapter (44Pin)
Round IDE Cable (44Pin)
S-ATA cable
Manual (Quick Installation Guide)
Screw set
Rubber feet
Power cord


The following pictures show the small, relatively compact T. "TE-D288 housing from all sides and give a visual impression from the very simple design, which is strongly T. Mini ITX Cases such as the T." C134 "or" C136 " recalls. As usual from this producer is the "TE-D288" solid processed externally and has no discrepancies. At the top of the enclosure are generously cut vents, which favors the chimney effect and thus a sufficient evacuation of the system resulting heat sure. Just as there are numerous openings on both sides and rear. This is also a good thing, because the "TE-D288" with no additional case fans must get. The case is due to its compact dimensions and low-noise design concept for use as a Car PC interesting. But more about that later, if the casing its practicality in the trial demonstrates.

The small front (picture ol) of the "TE-D288 is equipped with front connections and LEDs" littered ". The housing provides, inter alia, 4x USB2.0, which is also very important, because the VIA 'EPIA-PX10000G "(review link) does not have PS / 2 ports for keyboard and mouse available. On top decorate various audio jacks, the front, with HD audio or AC'97 compatible sound provide. Pressed the black power button, the Power LED illuminates in bright blue. What would otherwise have noticed, is the slimline shaft, which means that a slimline optical drive and installed on-EPIA PX mainboard can be operated. This is a special 44Pin - and not how else 40PIN - Slimline IDE adapter available, which is included. Very beneficial - in my opinion - is the fact that from the existing T. slimline slot aperture with a hidden, because not every user wants a slimline drive realized. The back can be both for the DC input of the internal DC / DC converter and to recognize the other shows on the EPIA PX-ordinated backpanel. You can also see that at the rear housing a WLAN antenna can be mounted. The side view of the T. "TE-D288" has - as mentioned above - also generous ventilation openings on both sides. Otherwise, no other side of specificities. The underside has no further specifics. On the next page I dedicate myself to the interior of the enclosure.

Inside view

After you first hand with two thumbscrews attached housing cover of the "TE-D288" is removed, the interior of the case to light. Here you can also immediately on the right side of the internal DC / DC converters as well as on the left side of the drive makers recognize. The drive carrier is geräuschentkoppelt and this has also removed, one can detect the cable tree.

The harness (picture ol) shows the front panel and the wiring of the DC / DC converter. The harness of the DC / DC converter provides only an S-ATA power connector and the connector for the power board. For the operation of an optical slimline drive needed Molexverbinder is not needed because the VIA 'EPIA-PX10000G "(review link) a 44Pin IDE connector is used, which is already required for the operation of the drive power required at all. The drive carrier (or picture) has room for a slimline optical drive and a 2 ½ "hard drive.

Hardware Installation

Now the hardware installation, while as already mentioned on the already tested by us VIA 'EPIA-PX10000G " are used. The "TE-D288 is specifically designed for the EPIA PX-designed, so that the mainboard installation is not particularly difficult to shape expected.

As mentioned above the mainboard installation proceeded without problems. Even the wiring is thanks to the manual (quick installation guide) is relatively simple. Once you have wired the board and the drives with the institution has bolted, it can be used again. On the use of a slimline optical drive, I strongly reject this, as this often enough in various housing review has been illustrated.

After the drive was mounted again Carrier (picture ol) I would like to conclude with a look at the back of the case subject, you can see the VGA port and the port Gb LAN recognize. In addition, two more connections, the connection realized via headers and into the designated openings can be mounted (or image).

Hardware & Consumption Test

Now follow - as usual - the mandatory temperature tests using prime95 (v.2.58). This should, in conjunction with the VIA 'EPIA-PX10000G ", however, somewhat difficult, because the board has no hardware monitoring characteristics, as well as the screenshot is shown below. So, a temperature test is not possible, I decided, prime95 but a little to run and "by hand" the temperature difference to feel. After about an hour Torture Test the temperature is increased markedly, but it still feels as far as acceptable to all. One should at this point, remember that this board is not necessarily for the permanent full-power mode is designed.

Once the temperature test is not really possible, I decided, at least once, the consumption values in order here in the "TE-D288" with those values obtained from the EPIA PX-test to compare. In addition to the board comes a Hitachi "E5K250-80" disk (2 ½ "S-ATA, 5.400UpM, 80GB) are used.

State power
Shutdown 0.4W
Standby (S1/S3) 5.3W / --
Boot phase 15.0W
Idle 10.5W
Office applications 13.5W
MP3 playback 12.7W (WMP11)
MPEG-2 Playback 13.6W (PDVD7.3)
MPEG-4 playback 13.4W (WMP11)
Prime95 Torture Test 15.0W

Consumption figures show no unusual deviations from those of the Board to review progress. If the EPIA PX-performance, no wonder they may be, we can but in the above table shows where the benefits of this board or a Pico-ITX system. The figures also show that the dissipation of the DC / DC converter and external power supply will be limited.


Performance / Functionality

As with the VIA 'EPIA-PX10000G ", the real performance of the temperature " TE-D288 "Pico-ITX enclosure not been definitely determined, since the EPIA-PX has no hardware monitoring properties, but only one test per "Hand auflegen could be carried out, an assessment is difficult. But at least it could be proved that the " TE-D288 "is well prepared to deal with the resulting waste heat of the EPIA-PX adequately circumvent them. Thus, if you want a soft aiming system, which, for example on the desktop will perform his duties, the cabinet the right choice. But as a Car PC can this case, with its small dimensions imagine. The included Slimline IDE adapter (IDE 44Pin) is another plus point in this column. Although the housing is very small, can the operating system is easy to assemble, what a thoughtful and orderly development of the chassis speak.

Design / Processing

Considering the price of housing, it is sufficient for something. In this price segment design aspects have played an important role in the "TE-D288" also correctly. The case is based on already well-known design of the T. Mini ITX Cases such as the "C134" or "C136". Impressive is in any case the good processing of the case to the comparatively low price. The execution of the housing is exceptionally good, ie. smooth surfaces, and - more importantly - no sharp edges, where you are in the installation of the components in this small could hurt housing.


In terms of noise generation gets the "TE-D288" a high score because it has no other case fans, and these also are not necessary. The maximum score in this category remains the case however, given that the completely passively cooled Serener GS-L08 in this column is certainly the reference means.


Price the "TE-D288" is approximately 145, - EUR more than justified when you consider that a 60W AC adapter included internal DC / DC converter, a slimline IDE adapter (44Pin) and accessories in numerous cases Cable connections are included in delivery. The "TE-D288" is at HRT for Information Technology 144, - EUR available (as of 02/2009).


The "TE-D288 is a solid easy to install Pico-ITX enclosure that even with active cooling of the EPIA-PX makes a good figure. The design follows the concept T., resulting in the enclosure perfectly into the existing product line T. may be classified. A simple and secure loose assembly with the EPIA PX mainboard-make one's decision simply to deal with the "TE-D288" a really neat Pico-ITX system. Those who opt for this combination of housing and board decides, his real joy to have.

Final Stand

Performance 9.25 / 10
Handling 9.00 / 10
Noise 9.50 / 10
Value 9.50 / 10
Overall Rating 9.31 / 10

(Highly recommended!)

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