Azza Solano 1000 Gaming Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-11-2009
Provided by: Azza

The Solano 1000 in my opinion bears a very striking resemblance to the Cooler Master Storm Sniper in particular, with its forward-mounted control panel, raised top section and all-black mesh construction. The style is very low-key and simple without being too plain, maybe a little too much so, to be called a "gaming" case. The only indication of manufacturer or model is a polished Azza logo on one of the front mesh bay covers. The side panel contains a raised mesh section for the large 230mm fan with an odd-shaped, wrap-around window on the front half. Normally I don't care for windows that show off the side of the internal drive bays however normally these would not be painted either, and in this case Azza has blacked everything out.

Carrying around to the rear of the case we see that Azza continues the all-black theme, with lots more mesh grill work stamped into the case. The two inch raised plastic top section houses another large 230mm fan with vented slots for heat extraction. The power supply opening is located at the bottom of the case along with rubber grommets for water cooling tubing to accommodate external exchangers. A standard 120mm fan handles exhaust out the rear. The back side is completely featureless, with only a small inset pull to assist with removal of the panel.

The bottom of the case features four long rubber blocks for feet that give the Solano another inch of height, raising the case off the floor to offer plenty of airflow for the two fan openings stamped out of the panel. These are drilled to accept either 120mm or 140mm fans, although one location and possibly part of the second will be taken up by the power supply, and so no fans are included here. The top panel contains a recessed tray which could be used to store small items, and the controls for the case. Lighted power button, reset button, hard drive access LED, headphone and microphone jacks, three USB and an eSATA port complete the package.

Let's get the panels off and check out the inside.

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