Specifications, Availability and Pricing
This mainly SECC steel chassis measures 21" tall, 8.4" wide and is 23" from front to back, weighing in at 23.2 pounds, empty. This full-tower chassis offers a side panel window that is not tinted in any way. Around the S71 you will find three external 5.25" bays and the fourth bay in that rack has a 3.5" adapter shipped in it to allow for a card readers or similar add-in devices. Internally the S71 is given five slide-out trays in an immovable rack, and these trays allow for 3.5" drives using screws through the side of the trays, and for 2.5" drives you would need to use screws through the bottom. Speaking of storage, you also have a hot-swap storage dock on top of the chassis for either a 2.5" or 3.5" drive. The motherboard tray will house Micro-ATX, ATX, as well as E-ATX motherboards, has superb wire management options, and a large cut-out for CPU cooler installation access.
The front I/O panel of the chassis offers the typical pair of USB 3.0 ports and a pair of USB 2.0 ports as well. Along with the power button, reset button, HD Audio 3.5mm jacks, you are also given a two stage fan controller with the Urban series that the Chaser did not offer. This fan controller powers all three of the stock fans that ship inside the S71. These consist of a matched pair of black bladed, no LED, 200mm fans. One of them comes shipped in the front of the chassis, while the other comes shipped in the top. The third fan that comes inside of the chassis is the 120mm black fan that is strapped to the rear of the chassis, as exhaust. The floor of the chassis does offer an additional location to place a fan, and you have the choice of 120mm or 140mm options in fans.
As was found with the Chaser A71, most locations that are offering the new Urban S71 are selling them at the exact same price point of $139.99. Shopping around is something you will want to do with the Urban S71 as well. Out of the 25 or so locations showing via Google, prices start at $136 with shipping included, and I even see listings at the $200 mark. Pay close attention when looking to buy this chassis as there is a huge swing in pricing, and there is no need to pay that much at all. Considering I liked the Chaser so much at this pricing, there is a bit of give and take with the features and aesthetics, but they are very evenly matched. The real decision at this point is very basic; you just need to make the call on an aggressive chassis or a more sophisticated appearance.
We already know that I think the Chaser was feature rich and sturdy, so there is no conceivable reason why I should not feel the same way about the Thermaltake Urban S71 we are about to see in some depth over the next few pages.