The Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System definitely has a unique look and doesn't resemble a PC at all. Immediately accessible is the power and reset buttons on the front bezel, sliding down the plastic cover reveals one 5.25" optical drive bay and one 3.5" floppy drive bay. At the bottom of the front bezel is another plastic flap and it hides the two USB slots and the microphone and headphone jacks.
The Biostar iDEQ 250N has a rather elegant look.
There is a large power button along with a smaller reset button. To reach
the open drive bays, slide the top part of the bezel down and to reach the
front panel ports, open up the bottom
At the bottom of the front bezel are the front panel I/O
connectors. On this particular model there are microphone, headphone jacks
and two USB ports. Higher end models may also come with IEEE 1394a and
Everything goes together like clock work and both the bottom flap and plastic cover
move very smoothly. If you're an anti-floppy type of person, Biostar includes a black
plastic face plate you can put in this space so there isn't an empty hole
staring back at you.
He you can see the open 5.25" and 3.5" drive bays
when the sliding door is down. The door moves very smoothly and does not
catch on anything.
Along the sides are air vents which act for air intake,
the Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC System doesn't get very hot but you'll need to
have at least 10cm of space between the PC and other objects. Don't put the
computer right next to the wall either, you'll need a bit of space for the
A large vent for incoming cool air
at the side of the case. The aluminum casing is high
quality and everything fits together like a puzzle; one top and
two side panels.
At the back of the case you'll find the rear I/O and we have the
usual assortment of connectors. Starting from the left there is the microphone, audio
out and audio in jacks, the two PS/2 ports, a Serial port, the VGA output,
a network card port and two USB 2.0 slots. To the right of that are the two
expansion slots and you can install a PCI Express x16 videocard and PCI device.
A full picture of the rear of the Biostar iDEQ 250N
system. Here we see the power supply and the expansion slots as well, make
sure you check the PSU voltage before turning the system on! Make sure
there's at least 10-15 cm of clear space behind the iDEQ 250N so the hot
air can be expelled properly.
While I understand that the
iDEQ 250N Mini PC System is a budget model, it would have been nice to have a
few more USB 2.0 slots, and perhaps to option of an eSATA jack on the I/O panel.
As it is, two USB headers on the motherboard go to