Things that stick out to me are pretty obvious. The chassis is great to look at from the outside, offers a fair bit of features, will expand to a certain extent as users need progress, and of course, it sells at a really great price point. Since the motherboard must be installed first when using a larger air cooler, the large access hole in the motherboard tray is a huge plus, and is large enough that there is no way you will have to try to tuck in a corner, or not be able to hold it well while installing the rest of the hardware involved; that is just good planning.
Even though there is very little in the form of wire management, the fact that the wiring is all black and blends in well is helpful, and on top of that, there isn't a full sized window to even get a chance to look at any mess if there is one. Even with basic bay designs, they do offer an adapter for the bays to allow for more options.
The downsides to this design are also very apparent. There is only one fan, and while very silent at 25 dB, the airflow is poor, and did allow our components to sort of stew in their juices a bit. This can be easily remedied by placing up to four optional fans into the chassis, but then we are looking to spend another $40 to get average to good air flow, and others offer that out of the box at that price range. With the panels off, the chassis is very flexible, and if not lifting the chassis during the build to gain access to something, the entire chassis will twist, even when it's fully loaded with components.
The HDD bays drove me a little nuts too. Simply twisting them ninety degrees would make them all usable, but instead, if you have longer cards, especially in dual card configurations, you will block most of the bays that are offered. So, while it is nice to look at, and affordable, there are many things to consider when considering if this is the case for you.
Now, I completely get that to offer a chassis that is this economically friendly, some concessions do have to be had; I just think Thermaltake took a step back in time with this design. While they offer enough to be current to today's standards, oversights like the bays makes the chassis sort of useless for those who have a few drives, and multiple card gaming systems.
With that being said, I know the looks are still going to sell this chassis to the inexperienced buyers out there. However, for our readers, I think you have come to expect a better level of chassis, and even if it's reasonably priced on initial cost. This just makes me realize how many other choices and upgrades I could get for that sort of money invested.
PRICING: You can find the Thermaltake Chaser A21 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Thermaltake Chaser A21 retails for $71.57 at Amazon.
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