Date: April 3rd, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Due to the all aluminum construction this case is very light, yet it doesn't feel flimsy. The front door has a piano mirror coating and also has a blue LED bar that illuminates the top half when the system is on. I wish there was a power button on this outer door; I find it a bit inconvenient to open it each time I want to turn the system on.
The front panel has four 5.25 bays and two 3.25 bays along with the power and reset buttons. Also note the large vent at the bottom to aid in HDD cooling.
One feature I particularly liked was the way the front panel pops loose and swings to the side for easy drive installation. The metal bay covers simply screw off as do the plastic covers on the outer door.
On top of the case are two USB 2.0 ports, audio, and an e-SATA connector. These will be particularly useful if one likes to have the case on the floor.
The bottom has four retractable feet for better stability. They lock in place pretty well also.
The back of the Soprano is pretty typical of a mid-tower case; seven expansion slots, 120mm exhaust fan, an I/O shield that is of pretty decent quality, and the PSU opening. There's also a set of keys that are for locking both the side cover and the front panel.