Cooler Master Elite 310 Reviewairman - September 1, 2009
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Buying a low cost computer case can sometimes be a gamble. There are so many places manufacturers can cut costs and sometimes the end product can be a flimsy, low quality mess. Cooler Master is a highly regarded manufacturer of computer cases, and its Elite 310 mid tower is an affordable option for someone who wants a good looking case without breaking the bank. Available at some vendors for less than $40, the Elite 310 definitely falls into the low cost category and I was anxious to see how it holds up.
The Elite 310 is packaged in a plain, brown box with the Cooler Master logo at the top and its model number and the specifications printed across the middle. Both the front and the side are identical to their opposite end, which is why there is only one picture of the box show below. Picking the box up and moving it made a curious noise; somewhat of a sloshing sound. Somehow the bag of screws inside the case had torn open, leaving screws all over the inside of the case. It certainly was not fun finding them all before picture taking, nor later finding some in my feet because a few escaped. I'm not entirely sure how the bag tore while it was inside the case, as it was taped to the 3.5" drive bays, but nonetheless, it did.
Opening the box offers no surprises, just a simple view of the usual styrofoam blocks on either end of the case, with the case wrapped in a plastic bag. The case seemed to be unscathed, altough there may have been an impact where the front of the case was, since some of the drive covers had been detached. Regardless, there was no damage.
I can't say much more about it so far, but I'll be taking a closer look on the next page.