For those not familiar, that stands for leet. By definition it is a word used to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, specifically in online gaming or from its origin, computer hacking. Leet has been adapted by many in the custom computer community to refer to amazing personal builds. It is also used in reference to the kickass hardware one may have in their own rig. So, when this word is used as the brand name of a young company, we demand that it live up to it. Steiger Dynamics rolls off the tongue rather well. The name sounds prestigious, like Mercedes Benz, but has more of a tech flare to it.
Does a name that invokes similarities to one of the finest car makers in the world deliver a product that can equal it? What makes the LEET, well, leet? Is spending all that money worth it? These are just some of the questions that go along with a review of this kind. Many more will be answered as you read along, most importantly: Does it deserve that name?
Before we get into the unboxing part of our review, we would like to introduce you to Steiger Dynamics. We first heard about them on Facebook. One of NVIDIA’s news bits contained info on a company building the world’s first commercially available water cooled gaming HTPC. That is a lot of adjectives to take in! So, naturally, we had to check out their website.
The sleek look of the LEET aluminum case had a bit of familiarity about it. If you look around the internet, you may find similar styled cases. But the LEET case comes with a few modifications and enhancements not found in elsewhere. The Steiger Dynamics unit has support for E-ATX motherboards, dual radiator support, an optional acrylic top window, and SSD cage that sits underneath the optical drive bay and a reduced 7″ display that brings the overall cost down significantly. The OEM version is available through Steiger Dynamics now, for $798.
We had originally toyed with the idea of building an Ultimate Dream HTPC using a similar case. However, the high price tag brought us back to reality and that project quickly came to a halt. Thankfully, Steiger Dynamics read our minds and created their company around one of the most expensive and beautiful HTPC cases on the planet.
Martin Hehensteiger and Martin Gossner are the Co-founders of this new startup company. Both of these gentlemen come from a PC gaming and building background that started back in the MS-DOS system days. Mr. Gossner was a semi-pro Counter-Strike gamer and a Product Strategist for Mercedes Benz prior to joining Steiger Dynamics, while Mr. Hehensteiger has been building PCs for friends and family from the age of 14, is a hardcore gamer and a Con. As we get into the review, you will see their influences and expertise displayed in nearly every aspect of the HTPC systems they build. Our first impressions from the elegant and simple design of the website to the people behind the LEET product, and the actual HTPC, were very positive. Impressions are only part of the review process. Next, we will start with unboxing this machine.