Thermaltake Chaser A41 Reviewred454 - August 4, 2013
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Thermaltake Chaser A41 Closer Look:
The A41 follows the styling cues of the other cases in the series. It has a smooth, clean feel - not childish or cheap plastic, not stuffy - just right. Two things stand out - the large vented top and the storage tray. I have found that if I can keep my flash drives in one place, they don't get lost, and a nice big top storage tray is perfect for that.
The side panels are painted steel and are flat with a moderate bump out for cables. The flush-mounted clear side window lets you show off your hardware. The feet are moveable (which I talk about more below), and I experimented with moving them to different positions, although ultimately I like the feet turned in.
The plastic front fascia surrounds a mesh lower front panel that covers the front intake fan. I have the feet turned in on the front view. There are four optical drive bays and one 2.5" bay. At the top of the rear, you have three holes with rubber grommets for external water cooling. There is, of course, the rear 120mm blue LED fan (included) and seven expansion slots. At the top left (just above the motherboard I/O cutout) there is a keyboard / mouse security lock. At the bottom is the opening for the PSU.
The top of the case is well ventilated and has a 200mm blue LED fan installed from the factory, and you can see that there are mounting holes for two 120mm fans or up to a 240mm radiator. You can also mount a single 140mm fan and one 120mm fan. If you have a long optical drive, you may not want to put it in the top bay as it may interfere with a radiator. On the bottom there is the removable filter for the PSU.
Looking at the bottom, we have an interesting feature: the feet are moveable. You can pivot each foot a full 360 degrees with detents at every 45 degrees. On the left I have the feet fully retracted, and on the right I have them extended. Having the feet out gives the case some additional stability, but I will add that the case is comfortably stable with the feet turned in. From the floor to the bottom of the case, there is 1.25" of clearance for air flow.
The large bottom air filter is easy to remove for cleaning.
Here is a shot of the front I/O. Along the top we have a nice storage tray. Large enough for a handful of flash drives and a set of car keys. And from left to right, we have the reset button (which is very narrow and a little hard to push), the power button, and the hard drive activity light. Then the next row down there is the first USB 3.0 port, a microphone jack, the headphone jack, and the second USB 3.0 port. I would like to have seen a couple of USB 2.0 ports on here too, since I often use more than two ports at a time, but I do like that the USB 3.0 ports are far apart. Many times I have trouble with large flash drives and ports that are close together. I can't get everything plugged in at the same time.
Now here is something handy. Where, oh where do you put your headphones so they aren't in the way when you aren't using them? How many times do they fall off your desktop? Not anymore - just drop the hanger down (which is attached to the windowed side panel) and now your headphones have a home! When you aren't using it to store you headphones, just fold it up and it is out of the way.