Date: July 22nd, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Armor MX looks strikingly similar to its full size counterpart, and they do in fact have a lot in common right down to the trademark side “wings” that swing outward. Despite the smaller size of the MX, it remains rather heavy due to the SECC steel construction but that does make for a sturdy case.
The aluminum front bezel is about as clean looking as it gets – only the meshed drive bay covers are visible with a single 3.25” bay located atop the rest. The area around the bay covers has a nice glossy finish, but it really showed fingerprints. I found myself having to constantly wipe them off after handling the case.
The bay covers remove in a very simple way – just hook a finger under the notch and it pulls right out. No removal of the front bezel required or the inconvenience of having to push them out from the inside.
The power and reset buttons, two USB 2.0 ports, audio ports and an eSATA port are located on top of the upper most drive bay. If the case will be sitting on the floor this should prove to be a convenient setup, although if it sits on top of a desk the user might find they have to make a long reach to access this area.
Further utilizing the top area is a storage compartment that I'm happy to report doesn't use up a drive bay, unlike the storage box on the original Armor which used an entire 5.25” bay. Instead of pulling the compartment out it is accessed by pulling back a “hood” on top of the case. According to Thermaltake this area can also be used with a liquid cooling system, but a more likely use for it will be storage.