|Cooler Master Silencio 550 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 23 June 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
One aesthetic of this case is that the front panel comes with a black mirror finish, and by "mirror" Cooler Master means it. I purposely left some of my equipment situated so that you could see the mirror like finish, because this type of finish doesn't appeal to all: (1) is an umbrella I was using to photograph the unit. (2) The actual photo bench I was working on with white background paper underneath. Last (3) is an orange backdrop I hung in the background. Now that's mirror to the bone. Oh yes folks, it's a finger print magnet. But whatever. It looks pretty neat. You know, I'm beginning to think that the person this case speaks to is a computer hobbyist in his (or her) 40s, upper middle class, and wanting something to match his condo in Manhattan, something to go along with his black lacquer baby grand piano. So, is it truly all looks and no function?
The back panel. Nothing interesting here. This is your basic back end of a computer case, and that's all. (1) back fan; (2) water cooling ports; (3) expansion slots x7; (4) the bottom of the case and the power supply hole.
So here is something on the outside of the case that is a little more interesting. The bottom of the case looking into the power supply section: (1) This is an easily removable screen that simply pulls off backwards. I like it. It's simple, effective, and easy to clean without having to turn your case upside down. (2) This is just the power supply perforated intake.
This should actually go in the next section because it's less of a "external closer look" and more of a "detailed external look," but the case has nothing more externally interesting and we need something more too look at in this section. It doesn't have any holes, plexiglass, artwork, nothing on the exterior except a very nicely painted black matte finish, and you can see that in the introductory image. So, let me introduce the Front I/O Panel.
You might have noticed only two USB ports. One is USB 3.0 (You'll need to run it out of the back of your case) and the other is the 20th century USB 2.0. So you have your basic stuff here, such as the headphone and mic jacks. You'll also notice that you get an SD card reader. I would have liked to seen two more USB ports, but okay, I can go with it. After all, you can plug your USB hardware into the back also. Last we have a hard drive light, a reset button, and the power switch. Everything is nicely laid out here, except that the vertically mounted SD slot will collect more dust and dirt than a horizontally mounted unit.
That's pretty much all their is on the outside of the case. This thing is externally spartan, but in a good way. The black matte finish is quality and hides finger prints, while the front is mirror like and is, thus, a finger print magnet. So on with the show. Can the Cooler Master Silencio live up to the "Three Noble Necessities" of case engineering: Price, Function, and Quality?