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  Product:     Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case  
  Price:     $166 (CAN) / $120 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Thermaltake
  Author:     Shennon
  Date:     May 14th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Jerry from Thermaltake for sending the Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case for review.

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Introduction:

Full Tower cases provide a unique advantage for consumers assembling their own dream machines to handle day to day computing tasks. While full tower cases provide plenty of expansion room; the weight of the components limits the ability to easily transport a system. To solve this problem many manufacturers have introduced SFF and LAN style cases for those individuals looking to balance functionality with transportability. Thermaltake, one of our longest running sponsors has designed a new case with one thing in mind, LAN party goodness marketed under the name brand of the LANMOTO. The LANMOTO is based on a light weight aluminum chassis design balanced with a high-end paint job. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case.

Specifications:

The Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case is an all-inclusive pre-modified solution which includes an abundance of features equipped with an illuminated front bezel. Consumers have the option of selecting from four different colour formats which include Black, Blue, Silver and Red. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Thermaltake website:

Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case - Key Specifications:
Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case: Manufactured by Thermaltake
Dimenions: 495mm (H) x 210mm (W) x 478mm (D)
Weight: 5kg (11.02lb)
Color: Red Mirror Coating
Drive Bays: 11 (4 x 5.25" external, 2 x 3.5" external, 5 x 3.5" internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Chassis: 0.8 mm All Aluminum made
Form Factors: ATX, Extended ATX, Pentium IV or AMD
Fans: 7 (1 x 120mm front, 1 x 92mm intake, 1 x 120mm rear)
Universal ATX I/O Shield included
2 VR function fan speed controllers C / F display switch
Temperature LCD Monitor with alarm (with red LED light, detect the pre-setting temperature)
LANMOTO series EL lamp with 3-way function inverter
Retractable foot stand
Special Features: Transparent X type side panel, Dual USB2.0 & IEEE 1394 Firewire
 
Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case
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Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case
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The Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case is shipped in a colourful cardboard box with logos, product features and specifications printed on all the sides as well as a handy carrying strap on top. The VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case boasts a mirror finish paint job, and to protect it, Thermaltake has used a cotton fiber bag instead of the traditional protective plastic.

Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case
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Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case
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Out of the box, my initial impressions of the Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case were very positive. I was struck with the paint job, which reminded me of the Candy Apple Red I have seen on a few classic cars. The LANMOTO measures approximately 495mm (H) x 210mm (W) x 478mm (D) and weighs 5kg (11 lbs) which is in keeping with other mid size aluminum cases currently on the market.

Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case
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Thermaltake VA1000RWA LANMOTO Aluminum Case
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On the front door, painted in yellow to contrast against the red is the LANMOTO logo, which I find similar to the badges on early to mid-sixties classic cars. On the lower half of the LANMOTO is the EL feature, which flashes images of motorcycles randomly from bottom to top. On either side of the EL is a series of ventilation slots that allows fresh air into the interior of the case.
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