A Detailed Look (Outside)
Like its big brother, the Armor Jr. gets its name from the two hinged aluminum side shields that are mounted on either side of the front panel. These are purely for decoration and don’t appear to serve any real purpose. The top bay comes fitted with a re-locatable, 5.25′ control panel that includes: On-Off and Reset pushbuttons, Power and HDD activity lights, and a 3.5′ drive bay.
The Armor Jr. incorporates an aluminum chassis fitted with a plastic front bezel that swings open like a door to provide access to the internal components. The door is lockable and can be easily removed by lifting it up off the hinges. The front of the enclosure is covered top-to-bottom with open-mesh panels for improved airflow. Most of these panels are bay covers that can be removed to install optical drives and other bay devices. The fit and finish is good and all the painted pieces match to give the case a nice uniform look.
There are actually seven exposed 5.25′ drive bays and one exposed 3.5′ drive bay on the front, One of the 5.25′ bays comes with the control panel and second 3.5′ bay installed. The remaining six 5.25′ bays may not all be usable though, depending how you configure the internal HDD locations and whether or not the ATX or BTX layout is used.
A single 120mm cooling fan with blue LEDs draws room air in thru the front for case cooling. The constant speed front fan is rated for 1,300 rpm and is relatively quiet. Unfortunately there is no removable dust filter (other than the mesh-grill cover in front of the fan). To the left of the fan is a vertical 5.25′ bay designed to show off a WD Raptor X HDD (the one with the clear cover 🙂 However, mounting a drive in this location will prevent using the internal HDD cage in the lower ATX position (more on this later).
Both the left and right side panels are removable but the top of the enclosure is not. An external I/O panel is located in the center of the case top and is covered by a hinged, pop-up door. It includes the following ports.
Â· IEEE 1394 Firewire
Â· USB 2.0 (2)
Â· Headphones out
Â· Microphone In
Moving around to the rear of the case we see what appears to be a pretty typical ATX layout. Below the rectangular power supply opening is a 120mm case fan. Remember though, the case can be reconfigured to support the BTX layout if desired (by relocating the removable rear panels).
Looking at the bottom of the case, we see four plastic feet that can be rotated out (45Â° or 90Â°) for additional stability if desired.
The left side panel is available with or without a window. Both versions include vent holes for additional cooling, which can be fitted with an optional 92mm fan if desired.