|AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Wednesday, 03 February 2010|
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Closer Look: CSAZ-1000R Interior
Now we get to show of the true assets of this case as we look inside, The rich red paint job is nothing short of a work of art, a fully painted interior is becoming popular these days as manufacturers look for new ways to draw our attention towards their products. I personally think the Solano 1000R looks better with the side panel removed, I just can't stop staring at it.
I have to admit that I have fell head over heels for this case, even the best photos in the world really can't do this case justice. If you like red and you want to do a red themed build, then this is the case for you. I can already see this case on million-dollar-pc with some top level hardware inside, red braided cables maybe some black accents here and there, and as I pointed out earlier, you could always remove that 5.25 bay cover that has the AZZA logo and truly personalize this case - much like many car modders do by removing the manufacturers badges.
Now we can really appreciate just how much room there is inside this case, inside dimensions are as follows; 18.5" tall x 12" wide x 7" deep. The black hard drive cages install like 5.25" devices, and come pre-installed with eight thumbscrews holding each in place. The major flaw here is that to install a hard drive into the cage you need to first remove it, which involves taking off both side panels and the front face, then undo eight screws and pull the cage out the front. But don't forget to disconnect the installed fans power cable which is a 4-pin molex plug. As you can guess this is quite a process just for installing a hard drive.
The Solano 1000R full atx case has support for E-ATX, ATX, and Micro ATX motherboards. There are plenty of cut outs for cable management, but no CPU backplate window which is a feature found on many cases released lately. I don't think this is a big issue though, this is a feature that is only just starting to show up, not one that has been around forever and it won't really be missed. AZZA are playing it safe here by not including any fiddly plastic so called 'tool free' solutions (unless you count thumbscrews as tool free). Screws have been around for a long time now and they are so simple to use, it seems silly to use anything else.
A very basic package of accessories here, they all come packed in a small white box which also includes a little bag of screws. Here we see mounting hardware to convert from 5.25" to 3.5" which is a little strange as there are already eight 3.5" bays provided by the HDD cages. All those who still use floppy or flash memory card readers will be happy because AZZA hasn't forgot about you, personally I don't think I will find much use for the faceplate adaptor though. The cable ties are definitely useful though, as they are re-usable. Last but not least, another little diagnostic speaker to add to my collection. A nice addition here would have been 2.5" SSD mounting hardware.