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Thermaltake "LANMOTO" Enclosure Review

By: Mike Wright | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 13, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

The Exterior



Beginning with the front, we see a design scheme that nearly mirrors the larger Xaser enclosures. Though not nearly as large (the LANMOTO comes in at 495mm x 210mm x 478mm), the overall look is very similar. The primary material used is aluminum instead of steel so you can really feel the difference when it comes time to lug your system out the door. Without power supply, this case weighs in at only 5 kilograms (11 pounds).


The front door uses the same double-duty feature as the big brother. A key is included that allows you to lock the entire front door portion of the case, allow opening of the outer door or allow opening of the entire front bezel giving access to the drive bay mounts and front fan filter.



Looking inside we see a pretty standard setup as far as drive bay availability is concerned. There are a total of four optical drive bays, but one is already taken by the Cano unit that is so well known by Thermaltake customers. This leaves openings for three additional optical drives and a pair of 3.5" devices. Whether you're using a floppy drive or just have a couple of 3.5" rheostats, you'll likely find room for all essential components of your gaming rig.



Speaking of the Cano unit, the included variety in this case includes two fan controllers, a single Firewire port, two USB 2.0 ports and the usual LCD display for monitoring temperature with the included thermal probe. It also has an audible alarm and red backlighting in the event the monitored temperature goes too high. Given the action that usually occurs at a LAN party, this can be a nice feature for protecting your rig.



Moving down the front we see the reason for the naming of this enclosure. The three motorcycles are an EL effect that individually lights up each individual motorcycle in order, then lights them all for a moment before beginning the cycle again. I would prefer this to be an option and not mandatory, but at least there is a switch on the inverter inside the enclosure that allows you to turn it off.



Finishing off with the front side we can see that the folks at Thermaltake have been listening to enthusiasts over the years. The front fan used is a monster 120mm type and the included washable filter is an excellent addition. It covers the entire fan area and is easily removed for those necessary cleanings.


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