We have reviewed many cases from Thermaltake over the years, and one thing you can count on is that they are never boring. Regardless of size, shape, form factor, or price range, you an expect a stylish appearance backed up by a quality design each time.
A little over a year ago we took a look at a new full tower case from Thermaltake called the "Armor". It offered plenty of space for all your components, excellent cooling performance, and a unique appearance that was both sleek and rugged. Thermaltake obviously recognized they hit the nail on the head with the design of the Armor, and decided to implement the basic features from the full sized version in a mid-tower case. With that we have the Thermaltake Armor Junior Mid-Tower ATX Case for review.
From the promotional image above we can see that the Armor Junior looks a good deal like its "father"... He must be so proud of his little fella! And just like Dad, the Armor Junior is available in black or silver, and with or without a side window. For this review we will be checking out the silver version of the Armor Junior with the windowed side panel to see just what the young generation of the Armor family has to offer.
Before taking a look at the specifics of the case on hand, let's look at some of the published data provided by Thermaltake...
» Middle tower, all aluminum case design
» ATX/BTX compatible (BTX upgrade kit is optional)
» Dual 120mm silent front and back case fans
» Accepts standard ATX & BTX motherboard
» Fits Tt liquid cooling system
» Model: VC3000SWA
» Case Type: Middle Tower
» Side Panel: Transparent Window
» Net Weight: 5.15 kg
» Dimension (H*W*D): 478.0 mm x 210.0 mm x 495.0 mm
» Cooling System:
Front (intake) : 120x120x25mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
Rear (exhaust) : 120x120x25mm, 1300rpm, 17dBA
» Drive Bays: 11
Front Accessible: 5 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
Internal: 4 x 3.5"
» Material Chassis : 0.8mm all aluminum
» Front Bezel: Aluminum
» Color: Silver
» Expansion Slots: 7
» Motherboards: 12" x 9.6" (ATX) & 9.6" x 9.6" (Micro ATX)
» I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394 x 1, Audio & Speaker ports
» PSU: N/A
The silver version is actually constructed mostly of Aluminum with some plastic in the front bezel, which helps keep the overall weight quite low. If you select the black model, the housing is actually steel with Aluminum (and plastic) in the front bezel only.
Other interesting things we learn from the lists above is that despite being a more compact mid-tower case, it not only provides space for two 120mm fans, it actually includes them. That will help keep the internal components nice and cool, without creating too much noise in the process.