The AZZA Fantom 900 Mid Tower Case
Removing the foam and plastic protection reveals the Fantom 900. AZZA takes front row, blazing their name proudly in bushed aluminum that contrasts the black anodized door it is placed on. As I mentioned the Fantom comes with a window, in a reversed "c" shape that surrounds a bumped out bezel. Inside that bezel is one of the two included, blue LED, 230mm fans.
Taking a good look at the front of the case by itself shows that AZZA does make an attractive presentation with the Fantom 900. Their name plate is at the top left of the front door that is separated by a strip of blue LED light for an accent. The door tapers to a point at the bottom allowing AZZA to use mesh to allow a 140mm, blue LED fan to pull air through. The same black, anodized aluminium of the door panel is continued under the chrome accent stripe that separates the two. This panel is also vented to allow even more air to flow into the bottom.
Opening the front door should give you good access to your optical drives. This time I don't see that as being the case. In my opinion if there is a window on the left side of the case, the door should open from left to right. Personally this door would get in my way, as my windowed cases always sit to my right.
Moving up to the top of the Fantom 900, you are first greeted with the front I/O panel. Behind this is a small tray for keeping flash drives, extra bits, or odds and ends. Going all the way back, the top of the Fantom 900 is louvered to allow good airflow of the 230mm, blue LED fan below it.
Getting a little closer to the front I/O panel to show what AZZA has included to make access easy on the user. You can see AZZA has incorporated a very functional front I/O panel. This panel contains the reset switch and HDD activity light to the left. In the centre is four USB 2.0 ports, two on either side of the headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks. That just leaves the backlit power button on the right side of the panel to complete the tour.
Getting a better look at the windowed side of the case reveals a bit more. The Window is applied to the outside of the door on the Fantom with black caps exposed to mount the window to the door, which blend very well. This window is supported in the center by a piece of metal of the case door to aide in any odd pressures not cracking the window. Lastly once the thumbscrews are removed, the bezel that surrounds the fan is molded into a hand hold to slide the door open.
The rear of the Fantom 900, starting at the top, has a switch just above the 120mm exhaust fan, which is for controlling the fan speed of the fan in the top of the case. To the left of these is where the rear I/O shield is placed. Below the exhaust fan is a well ventilated area that AZZA added pass through holes with grommets to allow the user to easily run tubing out of the case. To the left of this area are the seven expansion card slots. That leads up to the bottom where AZZA chose to place the power supply since it would be in the way of the exhausting top fan if placed at the top.
Laying the Fantom 900 on its back gives you a better idea of the louvered top I had mentioned, The gaps are close enough to keep foreign objects out, but still allow for good airflow, as not to choke off the fan that is house directly under it exhausting up if the case is oriented correctly.
That leaves me with the bottom of the Fantom 900. You can see AZZA includes some pretty beefy feet to support this case on your desk. Something I like to see is that with the rear mounted PSU they have already made the floor of the case adaptable to a fan down position, this allows the wires to be closer to the motherboard tray, and makes for cleaner wire management. AZZA also includes additional room all ready to go, if you have the desire for more airflow from the bottom of the Fantom.