|Cooler Master Silencio 550 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 24 June 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
So the outside is clean and sleek and obviously no frills. It's business like in appearance, elegant even, but not boring. It strikes me as something the Secret Service would have in their office to match their black Chevy Suburbans. If you needed a little more flash, you could install a couple of dark red LEDs inside and get a nice glow from light leaks coming from the front panel and the fan inlets and outlets. The real meat of any case, though, is not in its looks, but how it performs.
Yessir, this entire front grill pops off. It pops off very easily too and pops on very positively. It's not cheap feeling in the least and it's double sided, adding to the feel of quality. See behind the grill? It's the front included fan (1). Below that we have the inside of the grill, which is the filter. I think this is nicely designed. Since this case is somewhat sealed by the side and front sound insulation, you should check the front and bottom filters often. Actually, the sound insulation on the sides and front panel seal it up pretty good so the filters are going to take a beating from our old friend Mr. Dust.
I wanted to show you what the filter looked like standing next to the filter receiver. Here, the filter is facing you whereas when it is installed, the filter you see would be hidden and the grill visible (1). Also, the door only opens right to left, so if your like me and like your case on your right, you have a problem. The door is not removable either. Other than this, so far I like the case. It's easy to get into, solid, sleek and nice looking, and it will be very quite; plus, I like the built in hot swap bay, much.
This is a shot of both the foot (1) and the paint job (2). As you can see, the paint is just really nicely done and it's nice and thick too. I wanted to shoot the bottom of the case for our paint inspection because if I were a case manufacturer trying to shave .0001 cents off production cost by skimping on paint, I'd do it on the bottom of the case. That way people don't see it until they have it, and instead of sending it back, they're going to keep it, rationalizing "No one sees the bottom of the case anyway." But we don't see any skimping on paint here. (Maybe I shouldn't give them any ideas.) The feet are rubber on the bottom, wide, and low. This makes the case very stable.
We'll segue into the next section with a an image of the inside of a side panel. As you can see, the panel is sound insulated. The foam is high or medium density and feels exactly like sound insulation material, not simply foam (I've seen and felt it before). As mentioned before, the insulation really seals up the cracks. Other than that, nothing else special here. Just your basic side panel, but with insulation. Well, there is one thing, They're heavy, heavy in a solid manner, because of the