Conclusion: We are quite impressed by the Thermaltake Armor A30 case as it offers an impressive feature set for a small form factor case. It isn’t that much more compact than a regular PC case, though, it is just a different shape that is much flatter.
Conclusion: This is a very different case than most of those that you’re going to find on the market. For the most part I have to say that this case was a pleasure to work with. It also ended up looking really good once it was all put together. I usually prefer full tower cases, but this offering from Thermaltake was really nicely designed. This is going to be hit at any LAN party and will definitely turn some heads with its aggressive looks.
Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review: Opening the Puzzle Box
24 September 2012
Conclusion: Reviewing the Thermaltake Armor A30 puts me in an odd position, because as I mentioned in the intro, this is a case that's nightmarish to assemble but very good at its job once it's together. I'm left with very mixed feelings about what Thermaltake has done here, and I think any reader should be, too.
Summary: If you are looking for a small form factor case to take to LAN parties or just to save space, the Armor A30 is a great option. It has the features that are needed in an enthusiast level case, including a USB 3.0 port, SSD support, room for multiple hard drives, a removable motherboard tray, and even support for long video cards.
On the surface, all the features in the Armor A30 make for an impressive Micro-ATX case.
Pros: » Small and very portable, » Easy to install, » Support 2.5" drives, » Quiet fans, » Partially tool-free, » USB 3.0
Cons: » No handle, » Does not support all long video cards, » Low profile CPU cooler required
Excerpt: Thermaltake's mATX entry in the Armor series, the A30, is an interesting and robust case targeted at gamers who occasionally may wish to schlep their machines to a lan party or other gaming event. It has, however, proved to be a mixed bag when subjected to performance testing.
Conclusion: I really liked the Armor A90 when it was reviewed , and my opinion of it has only improved over time. The Armor A30 is another top-notch product in the series. While its assembly quirks can be a little difficult to work with at first, those are quickly overcome. The price may be a little steep, but considering the combination of features and its build quality the cost is worth it.
Summary: The Thermaltake Armor A30 MATX case is a pretty decent choice for people looking for a good quality case to pack to a LAN, but don't want to bother with a large mid-tower or full-tower beast. It has great high-quality construction, tons of front connectivity, supports USB 3.0 is quiet with great airflow and is quite modular. The major downside to this is the fact that it requires a lot of screws to make this happen. Although I installed only an average system in the...
Pros: Sleek little MATX Chassis, Room for large graphics cards, Supports lots of drives, Decent cooling setup, Removable Motherboard tray, Modular design
Cons: Tedious to work in, Lots of screws to keep things rigid, Open holes with negative pressure will suck in dust, Sides don't come off for easier access - all done through the top