Did you ever have a day when technology just annoys you? I don’t have them often. Mostly I love technology but today I just feel like having a little rant … because I hate everything about my Thermaltake Soprano PC case. Sure it looks good on the face of it – check out Thermaltake’s specification – but in reality it just doesn’t live up my expectations.
In fact the things that first attracted me to the case are the things that I hate most now.
- The screwless slots are a let down as they don’t work for all cards and you end up using screws anyway and you end up having to remove the screwless catches to do that.
- Similarly the tool-free Hard Disk installation is a great idea but is a let down in practice as the screw-free design secure the hard drives in place initially but they aren’t robust enough to withstand the vibration from the drives and eventually need replacing with screws.
The 3 way lock is designed to lock with a key on the side of the case. The key can be in 3 positions: front panel and front door unlocked for easy access to the drives, both locked and the front panel locked but the door unlocked. Sounds great, but this third way only worked for a few weeks. So to keep the door shut it was necessary to lock both the front door AND the front panel. In practice this means leaving the key in the keyhole so that you don’t have to go hunting for your keys and then go reaching round the side to unlock the case each and everytime you want to change a CD. Rather defeats the point of having a lock …
The wavy designed “The Curve that Tingles Your Heart” front door panel that closes to hide the drives is pretty but turned out to be a pain everytime I wanted to change a CD. My system unit is positioned to the right of my workstation and I can’t change this, so having the door open to the left means that I’m reaching round the door to put CDs which got really annoying really quickly (as well as costing me a couple of nasty scratches on my CDs).
So the front door didn’t last too long on there and now hangs around on the floor getting kicked occasionally. I ocassionally put the door back on if I have someone to visit my office as the Soprano does look pretty shabby without the door.
If you look at Thermaltake’s website you’ll notice that the Soprano comes equipped with a dust cloth. This is for a reason. If you want it to look as pretty it does in the sales literature you’ll have to dust it several times a day.
But the main issue with the Soprano is a functional one not a cosmetic one. This baby sucks dust. Big time! Now all cases suck dust but what’s surprising with the Soprano is the amount of dust it sucks through the front panel and just how much ends up in and around the CD drives.
I also have an Akasa All In One Multi function card reader and temperature monitor in the front panel that gets totally choked up with dust that has to be cleaned out every time I try to insert a USB plug or Compact Flash card. I put this down to the Soprano case because it just doesn’t happen in other cases.
The dust sucking problem was solved partly by removing the door. It still sucks in the dust but at least you don’t get such a shock when you open the door!
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