Date: April 25th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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The case arrived from Thermaltake in excellent condition. A few dings and dents in the shipping carton had me a little nervous, but the case was undamaged.
The rear of the carton gives us a pictorial tour of the unique features of the Kandalf. There are a lot of pictures because there are a lot of cool features.
There is nothing unusual about the form-fitting foam blocks that protect the case top and bottom, but the Tyvek-like material used to protect the case during shipment is a nice change from the plastic bag that normally pulls duty here. This material is soft and supple yet very strong.
A plastic bag taped to the outside of the protective cover contains a manual and a soft cloth to keep the case clean. The manual is a bit hard to understand in some places and doesn’t explain some of the accessories, but it’s better than some I’ve seen.
After removing the protective material, we finally get a look at Kandalf the Grey (You didn’t think I was going to let you off without at least one lame LOTR allusion, did you?). The front of the case is very unusual in that Thermaltake has chosen to go with a door design that opens from the center in clamshell fashion, rather than from one side or the other. The curved, brushed aluminum doors flank an aluminum center panel incorporating a short tube-like feature at the top while the lower portion of the panel is dominated by the Thermaltake logo. Swivel feet add stability to this full tower case.
A cardboard box wired to the case floor contains the following accessories:
1) Three Mylar sheets with adhesive pads. (I don’t know the function of these items; they aren’t mentioned in the instruction manual.)
2) Four grommets for water-cooling the Kandalf (more on this later).
3) Eight decorative screws for the front bezel.
4) A very generous bag of hardware.
5) A brace for the power supply.
6) A 90mm fan for the top of the case.