The black finish on the Thermaltake Armor+ MX VH8000BWS is really slick, and you may find yourself polishing to keep it looking like new. While this is not necessary, you may feel compelled to do so due to the allure of its sleek aesthetics. There is not a single ding, scratch, chip, gouge, or mark on this case; the first indication of good quality (manufacturing and packaging).
The protective film on the side is even unscratched. If protection is a selling point for you, then you are looking at the right case. The shields on the front will do you a great service. The usual physical attacks on a pc will be deflected with ease. My Armor+ VH6000BWS full tower has already shrugged off plenty of rolling chair attacks, kicks and swinging backpacks.
The covers for the drive bay covers protected by the Armor's trademark flaps remove and re-attach without screws and without the need for forceful pushing and bending. It’s this easy to install a device: 1) Pop the cover off with your finger, 2) Slide your device in until it clicks into place, 3) Put the cover back on using a simple hinge that will guide it back into place. It’s fast, safe, and tool free!
Extra I/O ports are conveniently located on the top of the case. In this area you will find an eSATA port, two USB ports, a pair of 1/8" audio jacks, a reset button, a power button, a power LED and a hard drive activity LED. Another convenience is the storage compartment located directly behind the ports. If you have any interest in making this a liquid cooled system, you will be delighted to know that the storage compartment is easily removed for additional fans, your reservoir, or for access to refill your reservoir. The top is vented, and the overall design is for air to be drawn in at the front and on the side, and exhausted through the back and top.
On the rear of the case there is not too much to note other than the large fan grill designed to accept a variety of fan sizes. The expansion slots will be covered later as we look around the inside. The bottom of the case is not perforated like we see on many cases today, but this is not a draw back in my eyes because it has plenty of airflow already. Especially in the instances where cases are kept on the floor, having air intake through the bottom will almost definitely lead to quick dust build up.