Date: July 10th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: ThermaltakeUSA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With the packing materials removed, the front of the Shark presents a very striking appearance. The aluminum door has accents near the bottom that mimic gill slits and etched “SHARK” and “Tt” logos.
One of the locking features secures the front door and Thermaltake supplies two keys. USB, FireWire and audio ports are located on this side of the case as well. Users who prefer to place their cases under a desk or on the floor may find these difficult to reach.
With the door open, we have access to the five 5.25-inch and two 3.5-inch bays and the door swings open (from the right) on two sturdy steel hinges. Magnetic catches keep the door closed and the gill motif is present here in the ventilation design. These vents will be largely useless with the door closed, but there is also a ventilation port on the bottom of the front panel to supply air to the 120mm intake fan in this area.
The door swings open from the right, and there is little room between the door and the bays. If you have bay devices with protruding knobs, there is a chance that they will not allow the door to close fully. Recessing the devices or modifying the door can alleviate this.
Just to the right of the small bays are the power and reset buttons, activity LEDs and locking mechanism. Indentations at the sides of the bay covers allow these to be removed with the front panel in place, and there's another pleasant surprise here.