Thermaltake’s Armor system case we once reviewed on our site seems to have appealed to many users. That’s not surprising as even after a year with something since its release the Armor suits perfectly for assembling top-end computers and is a leader in its class in terms of functionality. Yet it has one significant drawback. With all its advantages like a large interior space, two detachable cages for hard drives, and a modular design of the front panel, the Armor is also one of the biggest system cases in its class. When empty, it is heavier than any assembled office PC.
This is indeed not a problem, but an advantage, if you were to stuff the system case with a few hard drives, a couple of top-end graphics cards, a modern CPU with a large cooler – the case would accommodate everything and you wouldn’t have to uninstall half the components to replace a hard drive, for example. But not all of us need such broad functionality and Thermaltake made a judicious marketing solution: if the Armor is so popular, why not make a seemingly identical system case, but smaller and cheaper? That’s how the Armor Jr. was born.
Trying to make it smaller, the designers had to change the component layout. As a result, we’ve got a midrange system case with a number of interesting features that should make the user’s life easier. Moreover, they turned it out along with an all-aluminum analog with a differently shaped front door. The two system cases seem to have nothing in common, but that’s not actually so. The Armor Jr. and the Aquila are indeed very similar and this review will tell you which of the two is preferable.
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