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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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
While the unique front bezel is the first thing that grabs the eye, there are many other details that deserve mention as well. Let’s start at the top. The large oval feature seen in the above picture houses the USB/Firewire/Audio ports as well as a honeycomb-perforated area for the aforementioned 92mm top exhaust fan.
Press down on the circular door and it pops open to reveal the ports. Having these ports mounted on top of the case is more convenient for those who choose to set the case on the floor. This placement could be inconvenient for users wanting the case on their desks.
Moving down to the left side panel, you can see the acrylic window under the protective plastic sheet. Thermaltake has relieved the areas of the window covered by the panel so that the clear acrylic is flush with the outside surface of the panel, giving a sleek, finished look that I like much better than simply applying the acrylic to the back of the panel. Black plastic rivets hold the window to the side panel. Two black latches at the rear keep the side panel in place.
The topmost latch incorporates a locking mechanism utilizing a barrel-type lock and key. Two keys are included. This photo also shows off the high quality paint finish of the case. It’s a silver metallic coating that is very smooth and shiny. While not quite what I would call automotive quality, it’s damn close.
In the lower right-hand corner the Thermaltake logo and motto are embossed in the clear window. The opposite panel is unremarkable and is held in place with two phillips head screws.
Moving around to the rear of the case, you can see that the power supply will be mounted vertically with a 92mm fan flanking it on the right. No power supply is provided, but I don’t view this as much of a negative. Most users in the target market for the Kandalf would likely rather choose which PSU to use with their system and the addition of a high quality unit would substantially increase the cost of this already pricey case. Below this you’ll find a 120mm exhaust fan, I/O shield and expansion slots.