What are the finer points of the AzzA Solano 1000? The triple black packaging of the front panel, exterior, and interior colors is a good start. Terrific air flow isn't far behind. I was able to spend a bit of time playing around with the switch and allowing all other fans to run at 12V power. I can tell you that this chassis is by far, much more quiet than my 900 ever was. Increasing the front fans from 120mm to 140mm really helps this, and the fact that there are dual 230mm fans that make very little noise on their own are a huge plus. With a little bit of runtime in this build, I found temperatures to be very acceptable and a few degrees cooler than I am used to seeing in other similar chassis'.
With all the benefits the Solano 1000 offers, there are a couple of issues I did run across. Having all the holes in the motherboard tray is nice for wire management, and keeping things tidy. The issue is getting the rear panel back on even if you just run a couple of Molex lines up the back. There simply isn't that much room to pass cabling other than what is supplied in the chassis. The other issue is more of personal taste. While when the fan is active, the view isn't horrible, I just feel that if you are going to offer a chassis with a window, what can be seen should be kept high on the list of having it there in the first place. I would have been just as happy with the fan in the door and no window.
All things become relative once pricing is put into the picture. Can you find a better chassis? Simply, yes. But the realization is, to get everything you "want" in a chassis, you are going to pay way over the $200 mark, and for some this just isn't an option. With pricing in mind, AzzA does do a great job of offering superior cooling ability, fully painted, inside and out, and still looks and sounds good doing it. Most retailers offer the Solano 1000 Full Tower for around the $120 USD mark. There is one heck of a deal currently going, and that is the $79.99 deal at Newegg, after rebate, with free shipping. When I first looked at this link it showed currently out of stock, but in the time it took me to piece this together, Newegg is now showing stock of this chassis. The $80 pricing makes it one of the beat offerings to both budget builders as well as those who want the mods done before the chassis arrives.
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