ThermalTake Element V ReviewCompxpert - December 1, 2009
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Outside the plastic we are greeted first by the 230mm side panel fan and a small window above it to boot. But wait - there's more. We also have nice push-buttons to make removing and securing the panel a cinch whilst not utilizing thumbscrews. Looking closely there is also a lock on the one button and yes, there are keys to this, so if you take it to a LAN you can be sure your inside goodies are kept safe. Sadly, it still lacks a beautiful side panel window, but observing the construction of this case you may notice a small resemblance in terms of features to the Armor Series. So maybe just like in the Armor Series, ThermalTake will also design one for this case. Moving on we look at the right panel. Not really much to see except the nice paint job. Now I figured I would move onto a really nice feature. Looking at the top of the case you will see your typical front area connection spots, buttons, lights, fan controller and front connections and you will also notice the 200mm fan and absent 200mm area. Yes - it looks like you could have a nice radiator setup there. Finally, we are greeted with the front of the case which easily detaches to clean fan filters and work in the case. Though it seems pretty plain, it's rather stylish in its own simple way.
Now here we have a close look at the buttons and gadgets on the front area of the case. Though normally directly on the front in some manner, this panel is placed on the top and takes up no room inside the case really. It seems very well laid out, sporting four USB ports, Headphone and Mic connections, and even eSATA. It would seem that eSATA is an ever-popular thing on the front of cases now. If you notice there is also the matter of the power and reset switches. Both are a rather simple tap button design. Though I prefer the push button design of some other cases, these are almost as nice, though I don't know about being able to hit the reset button just as easily as tapping the power button. We also have the fan controller switch. Pushing down on this switch allows you to change between the five color settings on the fan and the controller also works as a knob to turn the fan speed up or down. Next we have pictured the rear of the case, where you can see the keys are securely clipped into the keyboard lock on the case. Also notable is the rear 120mm exhaust fan and the bottom mounting PSU. Lastly, I have pictured the feet of the case. The feet appear to be of a solid rubber construction and look like they could hold a very heavy setup. You will also find there is some ventilation at the bottom, perhaps for a PSU fan and some weird indentations towards the right on the front portion of the case.
There is something about those four indentations on the bottom, so why not read on and find out?