The case came well packed, housed inside a gigantic box which barely fit through my door. Very thick Styrofoam protected it on both sides, with additional foam lining the box. Images and text cover the box, providing plenty of information regarding the product inside. One thing that caught my eye is that it seems that their slogan is misprinted on the box as it says "beyond the pass" rather than past. Donít blame the printers though, because it appears the same way in the manual and on the website, too.
With the case removed from all the packaging material it was clear that it had arrived undamaged. The first thing I noticed was the large side panel window that will provide a nice view of the system internals. The plastic used is thick and durable, as well as being rounded on the edges and fit flush to the side panel (rather than screwed to one side of it). The text "Thermaltake, Cool All Your Life" is etched into the window, and although it isn't overbearing or obnoxious, I prefer windows to be insignia and slogan free.
The 230mm fan found in the side window is absolutely silent and is no hassle when removing the side panel. The panel detaches and re-attaches very easily as well, thanks to the combination of a keyed lock, thumb screws, and spring mechanism that you simply press down to free the back hooks. Guide the front panel back in on its rails and just push to have it click securely into place.
The front of the case is where a multitude of choice features can be found. What you might notice first are the aluminum shields that fold over the front for protection of the devices installed in the 5.25" bays. Small metal stops on the insides of the shields hold them shut by means of magnets (far too small to damage any of your electronics). If the shields become unnecessary or annoying to you, they can be removed by locating the spring pin near the top of each shield, and sliding the pin down and out by pressing on the thumb grip.