Coolermaster Centurion 534 Computer Case ReviewFormer staff writer - April 16, 2006
Price: $65 USD
Today we take a look at the Centurion 534 computer enclosure by Cooler Master. This new addition expands the Centurion line of cases, which is aimed towards the average user. Cooler Master is best known for offering quality products in the computer industry, and this comes as no surprise since they have been in business for over 10 years. Their goal is dealing with products in which heat issues must me solved. They offer a wide lineup of thermal solutions for a full range of applications. Their solutions are not limited to computers, but also cover industrial machinery, telecommunications equipment and more. The Centurion 534 is a solid enclosure, and I was eager to have a look at it when the package arrived to me.
When I saw the big box at my door, it gave me a good idea of what was inside and left no room for imagination - the packaging this case came in was not a plain brown box, but colorful and the kind that easily draws people's attention and clearly states its contents. After it was all taken out of the cardboard box, I was pleased that the protection Cooler Master chose was efficient and kept everything inside safe, even if it was as simple as Styrofoam padding.
After removing the plastic and Styrofoam around the enclosure, the first thing I noticed was that the entire front bezel was made of brushed aluminum. This makes it look classier; also it has an advantage over most other cases in this price range that have plastic bezels. The Cooler Master Centurion 534 also has five external 5.25" bays, having an advantage over most others that normally consist of four. I was surprised that it had only one 3.5" bay included, but since floppy drives are becoming obsolete, I prefer having an extra 5.25" bay over another 3.5". Due to the black paint job on the case, I noticed that fingerprints are very easily seen. This could be a downside if you display your case on top of your desk or another similar location.