Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
AZZA is one of those companies that hasn't been be able to break out as a major player in the market just yet, and isn't a company name that is typically on people's radar. However, that does not mean you shouldn't pay attention to what AZZA is doing. We have seen a few previous chassis submissions from AZZA, and love them or hate them, they were all within the typical chassis design foundations we see in just about everything else on the market. Today, AZZA brings change. Rather than going after the standard system builders out there, AZZA is targeting gamers with a chassis perfect for a very slim gaming rig, Steam Box, or even something slightly flashy to add to your HTPC setup.
While there are various cubes, LAN-boxes, and even others that look similar to high-end audio equipment, AZZA is taking a different approach. With a lot of the more compact designs these days, things like AIO cooling and even using a normal sized PSU are usually out of the question. AZZA is going beyond the average with this latest chassis, which is intended to deliver room for all of that, and a full-length video card. Even so, this chassis will still keep a thin profile, much like a PlayStation, and it even has a cradle style foot to help to support its slender foundation.
This chassis is the AZZA Z, and while it is slim and tall, there is no lack of style to come along with this design. Even though there is only a single fan to cool the design, you will soon see clever and colorful ventilation that provides every component inside of this chassis with a steady supply of cool air. AZZA had to use a few tricks of the trade to accomplish this design, but the Z is definitely one book you do not want judge by its cover. This is one of those designs that seems slightly confusing at first, but with all the parts in play, there is a fine balance of space and capabilities within a chassis that is much more capable than it appears.
The Z is a steel chassis with a plastic front bezel, and the majority of the chassis is painted inside and out with black, textured paint. When it comes to style and accents, AZZA chose to go with a bright lime green, which can be found in the large side vents, the LEDs in the front panel, and even the fan LEDS. Keep in mind that this is all within 13.5" of height, 4.4" of thickness, and 17.3" of depth, and the chassis is only eight pounds empty.
On the inside, you will find there is only room for a Mini-ITX motherboard in this design. For storage, there is a removable cage that will not only allow for two 3.5" drives, but is also designed to house a slim optical drive as well. There is room for 11" of video card in the two expansion slots. While cooling options from the factory are limited to a single 120mm green LED fan, there is a support frame in this chassis that will allow for the installation of a 240mm AIO, so the lower CPU clearance in this chassis becomes less of an issue.
When it comes to availability, we were able to locate quite a few locations that are currently stocking the Z. Considering the limited space that AZZA had to work with to complete this chassis, the features they offer inside the chassis, and the hardware package, the pricing feels very fair. The chassis you are about to see is only going to set you back $64.99 (only $44.99 if you don't mind sending away for a mail-in rebate). We feel AZZA is more than justified in asking for roughly $65 for the Z, and if you can get it $20 cheaper, that only sweetens the pot.
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United States: The AZZA Z retails for $64.99 at Amazon.
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