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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

Installation Notes



While not a completely tool-free process, Thermaltake has done a fair amount of work to make the use of tools minimal. One example of this is the removable drive bays. Both the FDD and HDD bays can be easily removed from the enclosure to allow easy installation of drives and components.


The FDD bay is removed by simply pulling back the top handle. The HDD tower comes out as a complete unit by unscrewing a thumbscrew at the base and pulling down on the lower handle pictured above. This makes it unnecessary to remove the far side cover to get at the back screws holding in your drives.



Installation of hard drives has never been a real pain, but the LANMOTO wants to make it even easier. After removing the HDD tower from the box, you simply secure the drive in place with thumbscrews. Not only that, each hard drive bay has rubber grommets mounted to take care of the extra noise caused by the vibration of the drive when it spins up.


Thumbscrews are certainly a nice touch, but we're not finished with them yet...



Those very same thumbscrews used to install hard drives are also used to mount the motherboard! They fit the standoffs perfectly and kept the motherboard firmly in place.



We talked a bit ago about the new PCI retention system. It is a simple method where the plastic clip is moved upward to allow access to a slot and then moved down again once the peripheral is in place. So how did it work?



Perfectly! Even with tall boards, the clip handled the job well. This very board was used to test out the Xaser series enclosures and I broke one clip to try to make it work and ended up using a screw to fasten it in a more conventional manner. With the new clip design used in the LANMOTO, I was able to install the board simply and effectively.


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