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Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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Of special note is the new 14-page user’s manual that comes with the Lanfire VM2000AD. Thermaltake has taken seriously our request for case manufacturers to improve the quality of the documentation and manuals that come with cases and has produced a manual that is included with the Lanfire VM2000AD that now exceeds Antec’s manuals in quality. The Lanfire VM2000AD walks the user through the installation of the components into the Lanfire VM2000AD with a variety of pictures and diagrams. This step by step approach is quite good for novice users looking to build their first system, but experts will like the clear easy to read diagrams that a cut above those found with other cases. Well done, Thermaltake !

A look at the front-mounted ports on the VM2000AD. Also notice the nice smooth finish on the VM2000AD.

The Lanfire VM2000AD features two front-mounted USB 2.0 ports, as well as one 1394/Firewire port, located behind a flip-up door on the front of the case. While we do miss the choice not to include the MIC and headphone jacks, the quality of the door is good and the ports are easy to access. Thermaltake also gets high marks for including a 1394/Firewire connector that plugs into the motherboard, unlike other companies who opt to route the 1394/Firewire cable out the back of the case.

The Lanfire VM2000AD includes the Thermaltake Hardcano fan bus control and temperature monitoring device that is located in a top drive bay above the door. We tested the Hardcano and it rivals some of the best Fan Bus devices that we have reviewed. We found the functionality of the Hardcano to be a nice added feature for the Lanfire VM2000AD.

The Lanfire VM2000AD also includes an EL lighting "Fireball" logo design that is mounted into the front bezel. The on/off switch for this is located inside the case, which means that you have to remove the side panel to turn it on or off. Due to the lack of thumb screws on the side panel, you will need a screwdriver to remove the side panel, which is a more inconvenient than we liked. Thermaltake should consider changing the screws that secure the side panel to thumb screws to allow for easy access to this switch or moving the button for the switch to the outside of the case.

Overall, the Lanfire VM2000AD is a nice case that offers a great deal of features for the money. It offers a manual that is a clear cut over other companies, which is a clear favorite with us. While the actual design of the inside of the case isn’t that ground breaking, it is functional, which is what many people want. With an aggressive look and an aggressive price point, many people will be drawn to the Lanfire VM2000AD. We expect that the Lanfire VM2000AD will be popular with gamers, and we expect to see a lot of these at LAN parties worldwide.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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