Ther­mal­take Versa H18

This tiny box comes with a tiny price.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

Aimed at builders, this de­liv­ers a very sim­ple, ba­sic case for en­trylevel buy­ers at a mere 50 bucks. Yet Ther­mal­take hasn’t had to cut too many cor­ners to de­liver this case at such a price, with a sur­pris­ing amount of func­tion­al­ity.

Shaped like a reg­u­lar tower but at half the size, mea­sur­ing 39 x 20.5 x 38cm, it’s com­pat­i­ble with both mi­cro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. Four ex­pan­sion slots al­low you to make the most of the lat­ter, but the amount of stor­age op­tions is quite lim­ited. There are just four drive bays, two for 3.5-inch drives and an­other two for 2.5-inch SSDs.

There’s room for eight fans in to­tal, but only one is in­cluded at the rear, in the form of a 120mm 1,000rpm fan. How­ever, you can fit a full 280mm ra­di­a­tor in the front, or a 120mm ver­sion at the rear, with no op­tion for top mount­ing. You get 35cm of graph­ics card space; more than enough for to­day’s most pow­er­ful cards, though the 15.5cm clear­ance for the CPU cooler isn’t ex­actly mas­sive.

As for aes­thet­ics, per­son­ally, we don’t think it’s the most at­trac­tive case on the block, with a very sim­ple steel de­sign and trans­par­ent win­dow on the left-hand side. The front is a mesh fin­ish, al­low­ing for ex­cel­lent air-flow, but also al­low­ing sound to eas­ily es­cape. There’s no op­tion for an op­ti­cal drive — like most cases these days — and the in­clu­sion of a USB 3.0 port along­side twin USB 2.0 ports on the front is a wel­come in­clu­sion.

It might not be as ver­sa­tile as other cases, but the Versa H18 does of­fer ex­cel­lent value for money.

Ver­dict

If you’re look­ing for a rock-bot­tom price with a de­cent fea­ture set, this case of­fers great bang for buck.

Mesh front and plas­tic side panel; mini-ITX and mi­cro-ATX $49 | WWW.THER­MAL­TAKE.COM

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