Thermaltake V9 BlacX
In the world of design, there are no perfect solutions, there are always compromises of some sort. Such is the case (no pun intended, honest) with the Thermaltake V9 BlacX, a tower that incorporates a unique integrated docking station, but leaves the drives sticking out like a sore thumb out the top of the case. Perhaps sliding the bays down on a 45-degree angle would have been better and less intrusive. This isn’t quite the same as hot-swap capability, but the V9 BlacX is nowhere near the price those features normally command either.
The V9 BlacX is a product of distinct peaks and valleys, opposites and counterbalances. It is light, but the steel is thin and less sturdy as a result. It offers some very innovative ideas, but the execution is lacking in a few regards. Cable management would benefit from just a few design tweaks as well.
The V9 BlacX is a difficult tower to dislike, but it doesn’t reach out and embrace me to love either. It offers some great treademark Thermaltake features and design aesthetics, fighting the urge to become some cliché overblown gamer case, and showing moderate restraint in the end. Great cooling, good cable management, and lovely aesthetics are hallmarks of a great tower, and the V9 BlacX comes very close in those regards. But questionable design implementation on a few details sober the experience.
Priced at about $100 USD (we noted an additional $20 rebate at one retailer), the V9 BlacX is less expensive than certain competitors, and does offer Thermaltake’s pedigree in return. Further, it does save the additional cost of a BlacX docking station which is a very convenient feature and adds some excellent value here; frrankly, it’s a steal without having to buy them separately. The V9 doesn’t excel in any particular area, but it does perform well in all aspects. As such, the V9 BlacX is a good all-around case, performing a successful balancing act of form and function, and especially for consumers who love the convenience of a docking station without the extra clutter.
Thermaltake V9 BlacX