Thermaltake New Soprano Case ReviewTue, Dec 04, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Thermaltake has brought the Soprano series to a new level with the New Soprano. Sure they ditched the side panel window and the piano black coating but what they’ve added in their places such as the aluminum front door and sound-damping foam are well worth the changes. Thermaltake has definitely hit their target of creating a stylish and quiet case while managing to cram in tons of awesome features at the same time.
The sound dampening foam works absolutely wonderfully. With the system installed and running I could hardly notice a sound from a few feet away. The fact that Thermaltake included 2 separate pins for the power LED shows that they were thinking about many possible setups as some motherboard manufacturers use a 2-pin power LED header while others use a 3-pin. Thermaltake also hit a home run with their 5.25” drive bay’s tool-free system. It’s by far the easiest to use out of anything I’ve gotten my hands on so far.
The New Soprano only has two shortcomings that I can find, the first being the 2.5” drive tray. Why make a drive tray tool-free when you need to remove 4 screws and an intake fan so you can get it out? It seems to me it would have been better off sliding in from the inside rather than the outside. The second con is with the proximity of the front door to the 5.25” bay covers. It’s just about impossible to get a finger between the door and right-side bay cover latch to remove the cover. You can pop just the left side latch and get it out that way but it’s a tad more difficult than popping both latches.
The Thermaltake New Soprano is selling for $117.72 shipped, which is a great price for this clean stylish mid-tower that’s packed with features. Thermaltake has also given the New Soprano a 3-year warranty, so you can be sure they stand behind their product. Compared to other cases in its price range, the New Soprano is much more refined in terms of styling than most others. No window, no large mesh vents, just simple clean styling that’s a welcome change to the stockpile of flashy cases that are available these days. The New Soprano is available in black and white, though at the time of this writing I could only find the black version for sale. No word yet on when the white version will be available for purchase.
Legit Bottom Line: Thermaltake finally redesigned the venerable Soprano series and did an awesome job of it as well. The New Soprano combines stylish lines and awesome features at an seemingly impossible low price point!