Thermaltake Armor A60 Reviewairman - September 2, 2010
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The front of the Armor A60 is a plastic bezel that features the similar triangle shapes found on the Armor A90, three 5.25" device bays, a steel mesh cover, and the front I/O ports. The front I/O ports include one USB2.0, one USB3.0, audio and eSATA, as well as the power and reset buttons. The power button is slightly tilted out of its housing adding a neat little twist to the aesthetics of the case, providing a unique look. At the bottom is a silver badge with the Thermaltake logo on it. There is an opening for the 3.5" device bay, but is subtly integrated and I almost left it out of my explanation. The left side of the case has a small window at the top left of the panel, as well as a spot for a 120mm fan with large openings that minimize the restriction on the airflow here. Beneath this spot is another set of holes that can help with airflow and the escaping of heat. One thing that stands out is the door on the right of the side panel that allows the hot-swappable slot to be accessed without removing the side panel. I will be exploring this later on in the review.
The first thing I noticed about the rear of the case is the blue USB cable that hangs down from the water cooling ports at the top. This cable is for the front USB3.0 connector. Though a little unpolished, it will get the job done for users who wish to have USB3.0 in the front and can be removed and tucked away if the user chooses not to use it. A 120mm fan is positioned at the top of the rear and set up as an exhaust from the factory. There are seven expansion slots with the usual set of perforations positioned next to them to assist in airflow. The power supply bracket at the bottom allows the user to install the power supply upwards or downwards, which may help out in wire management. The reason for this is that the power supply can be oriented so that the cables can be positioned closer to the inside of the case. The right side panel is plain other than the similar triangle/polygon design that is stamped into it.
The top of the case does not have a plastic bezel like the A90 does, so that helps out on cutting down the size of the case. The triangle extrusions can also be found, as well as a very open amount of perforations in the top that allow for an extra 120mm fan to be installed. A 200mm blue LED fan is included, set up as an exhaust. The bottom of the case also has ventilation holes underneath the power supply and extends forward far enough to allow another 120mm fan to be installed. There are four rubber feet on the bottom of the case that are just under half an inch tall. Underneath the hard drive supports, four small screw holes can be seen. These four screw holes are for a 2.5" solid state drive.
The front bezel of the Armor A60 pops off easily without requiring any tools or even entry to the case. This is a nice feature and saves some frustration, as it doesn't require intricate hand-cramping release mechanisms like those found on other cases. Another nice, thoughtful thing Thermaltake did with the A60 is that even though it has front I/O ports, the ports are not attached to the bezel. This means that when removing the front cover, there is no worry about guiding and pulling wires out or damaging any of the components. Underneath the mesh bezel is one 120mm blue LED fan with the option to add another. I ended up positioning the fan in the top slot since that will be where my hard drive goes.
The back of the case also features two other things I wanted to talk about. There are two metal loops on the side panel and the case itself that allow a lock to be installed that secures the side panel in place. For public settings, like a LAN party, this can be important, as a computer could easily be intruded and have valuable components removed from it with ease. Another security measure is the keyboard and mouse cable clamp, which currently has the USB3.0 cable routed through it for an example, providing even further security.
For the evaluation of the exterior of the case, this about covers it. So far, the case has a lot of good features and looks good while retaining a smaller form factor. The next page will be even more in-depth when I begin to explore the interior of the case and the working components, as well as the installation of the hardware.