ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC Review
ASRocks’ Vision 3D SFF / HTPC machines are available in either black or silver finishes. But all of the Vision 3D-branded systems use the enclosure and have the same complement of ports and connectors. ASRock does, however, also offer the Vision HT and Core HT series mini-PCs, which have different configurations and enclosures.
The machine you see here is a black (obviously) ASRock Vision 3D 252B. As you can see, the machine has an understated appearance and ASRock makes no effort to stealth or otherwise hide any connectors. The fact that all of the system’s various connectors are in plain sight at all times may turn off some potential users, but we think the system looks great. The front is home to nothing but a slot for the optical drive and a single row of ports in a clean, uncluttered arrangement.
There’s lots of stuff going on around the back of the machine, but it many situations there will only be three cables connected, power, network, and HDMI, and perhaps a transceiver or two for input devices and a game controller.
The ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC offers a host of connectivity options on its front and rear. The front of the machine houses headphone and microphone jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, an optical drive, flash card reader, a drive activity indicator and a lighted (blue) power button. On the back of the machine, users will find an HDMI output, a DVI output, an eSATA port, six more USB ports (4 x 2.0, 2 x 3.0), various audio inputs and outputs, an RJ45 LAN jack, a Kensington lock port, and a power port. About the only thing “missing” here is a Firewire port, but with USB 3.0 and eSATA available, that’s not much of a concern in our opinion.