The Thermaltake Urban S71 full-tower chassis is a case that resembles other rounded chassis designs on the outside, but Thermaltake delivers this one with a unique way of doing this. I am a real sucker when it comes to rounded chassis designs too, as my TJ11 and Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 that are on my desks currently will attest to. This chassis falls in the middle of both of these, in my opinion. While not as elegant as the TJ11, the S71 adds a splash of brushed aluminum, rounded exterior corners at the top and bottom, and an overall theme that leaves the S71 with a subtle, but sophisticated feel. Overall I like the feature set, I like the roominess inside, and it is awfully hard to hate on the way this chassis looks - I don't care who you are. This is sleek and sexy.
The majority of the build went well, with no real issues to discuss of faulty parts or something not working or installing, as it should. There is little room above the motherboard for much more than fans inside the chassis, but with the raised top panel on the Urban S71, you can put the radiator on to, and cover it, or put the radiator inside and have the fans in the top of the chassis. If I really dug deep and thought about really trying to pick this chassis apart, there is only one thing that may be a deal breaker for some, and that is the left hand swing of the front door.
To me if the window is on the left of a chassis, the front panel should open to the right to get out of the users way. With the Urban S71, this just isn't what they give you. Another thing you may need to consider, since there is a full sized door on the front of this chassis, it does limit the inflow of air to the front of the chassis, and because of this, temperatures are three degrees higher inside of this chassis rather than what I got with the Chaser version. The Chaser also has the 200mm side fan that this does not have, and that plays a large part in it as well - just something to ponder.
Costing the same as the Chaser A71 is nice to see, and it really gives users a very different way to see the design now that we have seen the Urban S71. Both being averagely priced at $139.99 in most locations makes this another chassis that really delivers a fully featured full-tower chassis, that doesn't break the magic $150 mark, where most users have as a cutoff for what they will spend on a chassis.
As much as I liked what I saw with the first chassis like this, the Urban S71 is a stunning looking, full featured solution that is well worth the investment and one that can grow as your needs and desires change over time.
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