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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: AZZA Solano Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: CSAZ-1000R Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# Azza CSAZ-1000R vs Nox CoolBay HXFrank 2010-03-02 08:15
Hi, isn`t this the same as a Nox Coobla HX with red painted (just like their coolbay red devil edition)? Just a thought

Frank
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# RE: AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer CaseLaurentio 2010-04-25 11:55
well, i think this case is very identical to the NOX coolbay HX.. i had it once and when i saw nox coolbay, it's almost exactly the same.. the difference lies on the front fans.. azza solano has 2 front fans while nox coolbay hx only has one.. the rest remains exactly the same.. i really wonder if these two cases have any relations to each other..
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# This is 90% Antec 900 10% AzzaBdubs 2010-09-08 09:46
Show some LED lit pictures.
The fan layout (two front, 1 back, and a large top exhaust fan is all Antec 900). Even the beveled slope to the front end is. Azza added a large side case fan that the Antec only provided a place to attack a fan to (much smaller fan as well). The 1" feet and venting holes on the bottom of the case are a nice customization to the Antec case... The addition of Esata on the front panel and a lighted button are nice (albeit PITA if you need to change it out to RED).

Things they didn't improve & made more difficult are the HD cages & mounting new Harddrives. Takes less than 30-60 seconds to undo and remove the HD cages to change drives around.
These were $69.99 AR & Free shipping and Newegg this past summer but who knows if those prices will come back.
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# Can you add some pictures showing it illuminated at night or in a dark room?Bdubs 2010-09-08 09:47
First thanks for the review. Would have been nice if you had shown some night time or dark room pictures showing the LED & lighting. I also have built a read themed case but unlike you I felt (from the pictures on Newegg) that the RED paint was just a little bit overwhelming. I wanted the lighting to be the focus and a nice contrast with the black or silver of most cases.
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# Mr.Dennis 2012-02-04 06:26
What's the biggest motherboard you can fit in this thing?
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