When it comes to enclosures for your next system, there are just so many choices to be made. Some folks enjoy the concept of a fully featured chassis and have no problems with paying the hefty price that goes along with this type of product. Others have to keep in mind a firm budget and must come up with a more reasonable alternative.
Both of the enclosures we have looked at today fall into the latter category. While they don't have a lot of the cool gadgets that other may have, they were not designed to. Thermaltake has done a fine job of balancing some user-friendly qualities with a moderate price tag so that the average user can still have a quality case without having to shell out half their rebuild budget. Each enclosure also has fittings for more cooling. While many of the fans are not included in the base configuration, the fittings are already in place to add more fans without you having to dig out the drill and Dremel tool and begin the modifications yourself.
As far as price is concerned, we have been talking for a bit about the affordability of these cases. The Soprano with window and without power supply (just as tested) will run about $60US while the more modest Wing will cost you roughly $40US. Both cases are readily available on many online retail stores and Thermaltake has also been doing a decent job of getting their product line in some computer stores, but store prices will always be higher than online shopping.
To sum things up, the Soprano is a very decent beginner box or box for those who want something a little out of the ordinary but want to stay on a budget. The wave pattern on the front bezel offers a level of classy looks that is often missing on enclosures in this price range. There is only a single fan that comes with the default build, but it is a very decent 120mm model that will move a goodly amount of air and at least hold you over until you can add some more.
The Wing is a more modest chassis that mixes some nice tool-free concepts with a very affordable price tag. It doesn't have a whole lot of frilly add-ons, but it is a very solidly built box and will give your new system a good look and last for years. It has everything you need in a case and still has a virgin side panel in the event you want to try your hand at a bit of case modding.
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