Date: February 19th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Lanbox has a distinctive look with its brushed aluminum front, half-moon intake vent and massive carry handle.
We're going to mix it up a bit for this review by showing the complete disassembly of the case in this section. The Lanbox chassis is composed of several modules that make for easy installation while allowing the complete package to be fairly small. We'll then discuss most of the interior modules in the next section, during installation. First of all we'll take a tour around the outside of the Lanbox.
Starting at the top, we have the cast aluminum handle. It has a gray hammered finish that looks good against the silver-gray finish on the case as well as the brushed aluminum front panel. It has a very nice hand feel and is securely attached to the top using straps and through bolts. Ventilation holes in the top are just one of the many cooling features we'll see on the Lanbox.
Moving on to the front, Thermaltake has included two flip-down doors for optical drives. I really like these things, when they work well, as there is no need to worry about what color the drives are to have a uniform front panel appearance. The top bay can accommodate an optional motorized retractable 7-inch LCD touch screen monitor. Sadly, I wasn't provided with one for this review, but you can take a look at one HERE
. If you can find one of these for sale, it'll cost you upwards of $300US.
I really like the recessed button/LED panel with its matte finish. It contrasts nicely with the brushed finish of the front panel. The black perforated grille provides air intake for the 92mm intake fan as well as letting out a bit of light from the blue LEDs.
The front panel connectors are the standard fare FireWire, twin USB and audio ports. Just above these is a spot for a floppy drive, or you can use the space for one of the other cool features of the Lanbox. You'll have to be patient for a bit to see what I'm talking about, though.