Thermaltake Chaser A41
The second product in this review comes from a higher price category and sports more advantages in its appearance as well as inside.
The Chaser A41 has an originally shaped front panel, a side window, and a few blue-colored elements in its appearance (in its feet and drive bay faceplates). Otherwise, it is a standard enough product with a typical meshed facade.
A large dust filter can be seen from below. It protects the PSU bay as well as the seat for an optional bottom fan.
There’s one small problem about that filter. Its frame is not fastened to the chassis and slides backwards when you lift up the front part of the case.
Here you can also see the feet which are the same as in the Thermaltake Armor Revo we reviewed earlier.
The top view allows you to see an exhaust 200mm fan and a panel with I/O connectors indicating that this computer case is supposed to stand on the floor (or in a desk niche).
The I/O ports are the same as those of the above-discussed Corsair: two USB 3.0 ports (connected to a mainboard header) and microphone and headphone sockets. The connectors are placed far from each other, so you can easily use all of them simultaneously.
The buttons and indicators are designed in a more conventional way than in the Carbide 200R. The Reset button is separate, just like the Disk indicator. The Power button is combined with a Power indicator, though. The LEDs aren’t very bright and won’t be distracting.
There’s a small depression in the top panel behind the buttons and indicators. You can store some small things in there.
The accessories are somewhat better compared to the Corsair, including reusable cable straps and a PC speaker.
More sophisticated than the Corsair’s, the front panel can be taken off much easier. It features a detachable dust filter.
There’s a large gap between the front fan’s impeller and the filter, so the fan is going to get unclean air as well.
The drive bay faceplates are designed as usual: a sheet of foam rubber behind the metallic mesh keeps dust away. The plastic frame with handy locks allows to easily remove a faceplate without taking the entire front panel off. In fact, you only have to remove the front panel when you want to clean the filter.
The side panels are similar to the Carbide 200R in terms of fastening. You have to align the catches in the top and bottom part of the panel against the chassis.
And like with the Corsair case, this provokes no problems because the cable compartment is even wider in the Chaser A41 while the corresponding side panel is extruded.
The thumbscrews for side panels remain in their holes when unfastened, so you can’t lose them.
Like in many other computer cases from Thermaltake, the individual expansion-slot brackets are covered with a common retention plate whose purpose evades us. It doesn’t provide any benefits in terms of fastening, but makes the assembly process longer and the whole product, a little more expensive.