Thermaltake Armor A60 Reviewairman - September 2, 2010
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In the computing world, computer cases are the backbone of every machine and are constantly evolving at almost the same rate as the technology housed within. Thermaltake is a manufacturer of many computer products - cases, power supplies, air and water component coolers, case fans, and other accessories, such as fan controllers and hard drive enclosures. Thermaltake has been a large part of the enthusiast market for over a decade and is still doing very well as a company. Some of the most common questions and concerns involved when choosing the right case involves how much space it possesses, how it performs, its cost, looks, and ease of use. The goal of this review is to answer all these questions about Thermaltake's recent Armor A60, the younger sister of the Armor A90 that was reviewed here. The A90 is a well done specimen of Thermaltake's lineup, and this review will explore the capabilities and features of the Armor A60. This review will consist of a thorough exploration of the Thermaltake Armor A60 from the unboxing to interior and exterior evaluations, specifications, and lastly a real world testing where temperatures of crucial components under idle and load scenarios are recorded.
The Thermaltake Armor A60 is packaged in a black, high gloss cardboard box that contains high quality graphics of the Thermaltake logo, the Armor A60 text, a picture of the case, and mention of the hot swappable hard drive slot and the USB3.0 capabilities. The right side of the box has a list of the features, found on the rear, in other languages, while the left side contains the Armor A60 text with a picture of the case as well as its manufacturer part number. The rear of the case displays most of the other content, explaining features and capabilities that the Armor A60 offers. Thermaltake certainly didn't cut the presentation short.
Just like every other case, the Armor A60 is secured between two styrofoam blocks and wrapped in a plastic bag to protect it during shipping. After removing the case from its packaging, its resemblance to the A90 is very noticeable. The triangle "plating" design that appears on the front and that is stamped into the panels is just like that found on the A90, just the A60 is a bit smaller and more compact. Included with the Armor A60 is a user's manual, as well as a small ziploc bag of screws, motherboard standoffs, wire ties, and a small PC speaker.
With the Thermaltake Armor A60 unpackaged and out of the box, the next part of the review will move onto an evaluation of the exterior of the case.