Thermaltake eSports Armor A30 mATX LAN Case ReviewMon, Jun 06, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Conclusion & Final Thoughs on the Armor A30
Spacing for parts and sections on this case is also rather great; your standard power supplies will fit fine with room to plug the cables into your ODDs, along with plenty of space for even some of the larger 135mm and 140mm fan PSUs.
Ventilation points are also rather well implemented design aspects, as they use the case’s negative air pressure design to pull air onto the graphics card section, and over the hard drives, which do not have direct airflow.
A big flaw in this case’s design is that it adapts the original Lanbox design to the new age of higher heat components. I think if Thermaltake were to come back with a new Armor series mATX case they should most likely try another route using larger diameter fans for the intake, and an overall redesign of the case itself to avoid such problems in the future. The Lanbox frame is simply one that is dated, and that shows on the Armor A30.
While I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad point, it is definitely a point that begs a concern; the ventilation. While the added airflow from all of the vents is a nice point of the case, none of these vents feature any air filtration besides the front panel of the case. What this means for the end user is that frequent cleaning will be needed on the case and the included components.
A final thought is that this case does not include any handles to make it easier to carry around. While it’s not a huge concern, the original Lanbox had it and Falcon Northwest made a similar case called the Fragbox with a handle as well.
Another thought for Thermaltake if they make an updated Armor A30 is to consider two models, one being a “lanbox” like this one, with my concerns addressed. The other I would like to be a tower style case, for as one that frequents LANs, I like to keep my case up on the table where most people use towers. I feel it’s more dangerous to have a case on the floor, which is where most cube cases end up.
Legit Bottom Line: The Armor A30 is a quiet small form factor case that just doesn’t quite live up to the needs of the intended market.